Many associate Australia with eucalyptus oil due to their close association with traditions and of course the ever-loved Koala. However on a commercial scale, it is China that exports most around the world, in particular the industry standard Eucalyptus globulus (containing 80% cineole).
The quality of eucalyptus can be measured by its cineole content. Some species yield cineole levels above 95% but the industry has standardised on 80% for most everyday applications.
Eucalyptus can be found across a broad range of industries and applications and as a natural ingredient, it's one of the most commonly found in everyones household.
Around the house some common uses and applications could be as follows:
~ Cold and flu relief - drops of oils on towels, in vaporisers, steam rooms etc
~ Hair nourishment - lice control (usually with tea tree), dandruff and scalp cure
~ Hand cleaners - it's a natural degreaser
~ Household cleaners - in addition to a nice fresh fragrance to your home products, it adds vital antimicrobial properties as well. Soap, laundry detergents, toilet cleaners, window cleaners, worktop sprays to name just a few!
~ Treat wounds - antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that are effective at treating wounds, burns, cuts, abrasions, sores and scrapes
You can imagine the volumes absorbed into consumer goods are enormous. Last year China alone exported over 9,000 metric tonnes!!
This year looks encouraging with a healthy eucalyptus crop compared to last year. In a direct fallout of last year’s rather high prices, several farmers moved to the colder climes of the hills to distill eucalyptus leaves. This is one of the key contributors to the current large crop size. Since June this year, however, a weak demand has led to slow sales and slipping of eucalyptus crude oil prices. Naturally the mood is subdued. Added to this are the woes of procuring raw materials; and now some distillers have already depleted their supplies. In this scenario, some of them have even ceased quoting their rates; and the market is expecting prices to move up. Though clients are hoping for low prices, farmers are reluctant to let their raw material go at the prevailing low prices.
ESTIMATED PRODUCTION OF EUCALYPTUS OIL
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