Around the house, Eucalyptus can be added to your laundry in order to provide a lovely fresh feeling to the finished washing. This makes even more sense when you take in to account the deodorising and antiseptic properties of the oil. It makes a great room freshener, especially during times when there are bugs in the house as it not only clears the atmosphere but can also kill airborne germs and viruses. If you're lucky enough to have a spa or home sauna then you can add Eucalyptus to these too - the rest of us can add a couple of drops to a tablespoon of milk to help it disperse in a lovely warm bath.
Originally found in Tasmania and Australia but nowadays can also be found in countries around the Mediterranean.The oil is extracted by steam distillation of the leaves and twigs of the tree.
Most Eucalyptus oil comes from China and is a by-product of the huge trade in Eucalyptus wood in that country. The leaves are collected as soon as they fall to the ground as part of the felling process. The trees are thus harvested all year round.
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