Eucalyptus Oil Specification
|Name||Eucalyptus Oil |
Eucalyptus globules labile, Eucalyptus globules L. (myrtaceae)
|Botanical Name||Eucalyptus globulus|
Steam distillation of the woods and leaves.
|Color||Colorless to pale yellow liquid|
0.90500 - 0.92500 @ 25.00 °C.
|Referactive Index||1.45800 - 1.46500 @ 20.00 °C|
|Optical Rotation||+1.00 to +4.00 |
Soluble in alcohol and oils. Insoluble in water.
|Active Content: |
Eucalyptol (1,8-cineole), pinene, limonene, terpene, cymene
The tree has bluish-white, peeling bark and green branchlets. Juvenile shoots and leaves are coated with a white, waxy bloom. Young leaves are opposite, heart-shaped, bluish-green, and sticky, while adult leaves are alternate, lance-shaped, green, and smooth. When crushed, they emit a pungent odor.
The aromatic oil contained in eucalyptus leaves is an essential ingredient in Vicks Vapo-Rub. This over-the-counter preparation has been a popular remedy with millions of people for many years for treating respiratory ailments, especially asthma and bronchitis. A little of the ointment is applied locally to the chest area and slowly rubbed into the skin in a circular motion using the forefingers. Sometimes a piece of flannel cloth will be laid over the chest to retain its penetrating warmth for a longer period of time.