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!!
At present the main producing areas in china are experiencing rainfall. The forest ban imposed by the government is still in force; and as such there are no new oils. Some farmers are still holding stocks; but market demand is also relatively weak. There is moderate supply of raw materials. The main rural labour force is currently engaged in working in cities; others are also busy with agricultural production. In case there is no labour available and oil is depleted after the rainy season in the main production areas, and if market demand increases, factories will try to obtain any raw materials available. In such a scenario, eucalyptus oil and eucalyptol will see a trend of rising prices. Otherwise, prices are expected to remain relatively stable at current levels.
Supply during the small production season was tight; new crops will come in after October. At present, there is limited raw material available for processing. Current market supply is tight, but there is still some stock.
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