Eucalyptus Blue Mallee Oil – Eucalyptus polybractea is a popular eucalyptus species which has been used by landowners in Western Australia to provide environmental benefits to their farms in the form of: shelter belts for stock, reducing the water table to arrest the ongoing rise of salinity in the wheatbelt, as a carbon sink with the carbon collected in the tuberous root system of the plant and to provide an essential oil.
The Eucalyptus Blue Mallee Oil is steam distilled from the sticks and leaves once the tops of the mallee bushes are harvested. Most are planted in strips across the farm landscape where foragers harvest the tops of the bushes, leaving the root system to re-grow. It is possible to get a good harvest of leaves annually as these mallees grow quickly from the coppice which gives a diverse income for farmers.
Due to the density of oil present in the leaves, the Blue Mallee produces an oil in around 2-3 hours of distillation, making it a cost effective oil for its many applications on the world market.
Due to the relatively high cineole content, this oil is good as a decongestant/expectorant during times of coughs and colds, as an effective household cleaner on floors, added to the washing and to keep bugs and bacteria at bay in any areas of the home, office, car etc. Used in a spray with distilled water and an emulsifier, this variety of Eucalyptus can be an effective deodoriser.
Eucalyptus oil is a poison so should never be ingested but used topically in creams, carrier oils, blended with other essential oils or inhaled through a diffused. Store your oil in a cool area below 30c and definitely away from the reach of children. If swallowed seek medical advice.
If you are a Virgo, you are likely attracted to Eucalyptus.