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.
News about the eucalyptus production indicates that processing is continuing at a steady pace. Current demand is adequately met by the supply. Producers are looking to step up their production but the issue of the logistics of transportation of biomass to production, costs, and time is disrupting efforts to augment production. Current supply and production is sourced from established plantations, which are practising continual crop rotation. Given this scenario, it is predicted that the eucalyptol content of the product may gradually even out to an average of approximately 80% eventually.
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