Each species of eucalypt contains a unique suite of constituents called ‘terpenes’ in the leaves – this is the eucalyptus oil, and it is different for each species. Most species have very little oil and it is never viably extracted for use, but the oil can still be smelt if the leaves are crushed.
The oil of each species therefore has a unique ‘perfume’ due to the particular combination of constituents that the species produces.
The compound 1,8-Cineole, often known as eucalyptol, is the key desired component in most leaf oils which are extracted from eucalypts. Cineole produces the characteristic ‘eucalyptus’ smell, and also has the properties for which eucalyptus oil is renowned, such as its natural disinfectant element. Indeed, a product can only be called “eucalyptus oil” if it contains at least 70% cineole.
Most generic eucalyptus oils available in today’s market are based on the terpene profile or fragrance of Eucalyptus globulus (Bluegum) but originate in other countries and with unknown original terpene sources and are blended to contain the minimum required levels of cineole.
In contrast to this, the oil of Eucalyptus kochii naturally contains 90-95% cineole, thus producing the highest quality of natural eucalyptus oil. There is absolutely no rectification, blending or alteration of any kind in Kochii Eucalyptus Oil. The oil comes straight from our planted trees, is steamed and distilled.
On top of the very strong cineole base, the remaining natural components, such as cymene, pinene, terpinen-4-ol and limonene, all go to contribute to the beautiful unique fragrance of the oil of Eucalyptus kochii.
Kochii Eucalyptus oil is uniquely Australian and naturally of the finest quality.