Eucalyptus horistes is a mallee type Eucalyptus that is native to Western Australia. Commonly known as Eucalyptus borealis, it is a sub species of Eucalyptus kochii and mainly found in the northern areas of Western Australia.
This particular eucalypt is very high is cineol where average levels are consistently near 90%, sometimes as high as 95%. This is almost pure eucalyptol, giving it a very fresh, camphor odour.
Due to its high cineol levels, Eucalyptus horistes has great medicinal properties and would represent a good choice in products such as mouthwash and cough suppressant medicines. It would also be a good choice for use in insecticides and insect repellents.
In recent years Australia has lacked the ability to offer sustainable eucalyptus essential oils despite its strong history in the area. This is due to a lack of investment, poorly managed investment schemes and a high labour costs meaning any production would result in the oil being uncompetitive. That said this particular oil has good options regarding sustainability with as much as 20MT available in the early days of processing. This will give this oil a good platform in which to establish itself in the market place and with local communities involved in the harvesting and distillation there is a good story to go with it.
The practice of crop rotation over the last few years has resulted in a healthy increase in the eucalyptus crop size. April to November is the conventional harvesting season but the COVID-19 pandemic threw up numerous logistical challenges. Distillers found it a challenge to transport biomass to the producing units, resulting in input costs shooting through the roof.
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