Vietnamese Eucalyptus essential oil – Eucalyptol 80-85%, widely used

23/03/2024 vipsen

1. Vietnamese eucalyptus tree

1.1 Characteristics of Vietnamese eucalyptus trees

The eucalyptus tree has the scientific name Eucalyptus globulus Labill.

The tree appears quite popular in Vietnam due to its ability to adapt to diverse soils and climates. This is a woody plant with soft bark and long, crescent-shaped green leaves. The smooth leaf blades contain essential oil sacs. The flowers are short, about 1 cm long, containing many small dark brown seeds.

Eucalyptus originated from Australia, but it has long been introduced to many countries around the world from Europe to Asia, America, and Africa. The tree has deep, wide roots and grows quickly (7 years after planting, it can be 20m high). The tree has a very strong ability to absorb water in the soil, so it is often planted in swampy, damp areas to improve these areas and reduce the rate of malaria. Due to the fragrance of the leaves, they also have the effect of repelling mosquitoes. Besides, thanks to its good growth ability and deep roots, eucalyptus is also grown in mountainous and midland areas to green up bare land in a short time.

In addition to being grown for wood and shade, in Vietnam, eucalyptus is also used to get leaves for medicine and essential oil production.

Vietnamese Eucalyptus Leaves and flowers

Eucalyptus is usually grown by sowing seeds. Seeds are picked in the fall and winter months (August to November). Eucalyptus seeds are very small, sown in perforated plastic trays or sown on nursery beds, shielded from light by about 50%. After the seedlings have grown in the nursery for 5-7 months, they are planted in a permanent place. At that time, the planted seedlings are usually 0.30 to 1m tall, with a trunk diameter of 0.5 to 1cm. Sowing season is September-November, planting in February-April or sowing in January-March, planting in July-September, leaves are harvested from trees 3 years or older.

Eucalyptus trees are very strong, grow strongly and are difficult to be damaged by the environment. For that reason, they also symbolize indomitableness, strength, and tenacity in life.

1.2 Planting area

Thanks to its good growth ability and suitability for soil and climate, eucalyptus is grown everywhere in Vietnam. They are planted in forests or scattered in residential land, stretching from the plains and plateaus to the mountains and midlands.

Thanks to projects to develop trees to create forests and green bare hills, eucalyptus trees are the most planted tree for greening in midland provinces such as Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho, Bac Can, Thai Nguyen, etc.

Vietnamese Eucalyptus forest

2. Vietnamese eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptus leaves contain tannins, resins and essential oils (3 to 6% calculated on dried leaves).

Eucalyptus essential oil is pale yellow, very liquid, fragrant, and tastes cool at first and then hot.

Density at 20oC: 0,910-0,930

Optical rotation at 20oC: 0 – 10o

Refractive index at 20oC: 1.454 – 1.465

2.1 Eucalyptus Essential oil ingredients

The main component of essential oil is cineola or eucalyptol or cajeputola (60 to 85%).

Other ingredients include: α-pinene, β-pinene, a-phellandrene, limonene, terpinen-4-ol, aromadendrene, epiglobulol, piperitone, globulol, Camphene, p-Cymene, Camphor and Citronellal.

2.2 Eucalyptol compound

It is a cyclic ether and a monoterpenoid. Eucalyptol is also known by names such as 1,8-cineol, limonene oxide, cajeputol, 1,8-epoxy-p-menthan, 1,8-oxido-p-menthan, eucalyptole, cineol, cineole.

Eucalyptol is found in camphor, cajeput, basil, rosemary… Eucalyptol with purity from 99.6 to 99.8% can be obtained in large quantities by fractionated distillation of eucalyptus essential oil

Eucalyptol smells like fresh camphor, has a pungent taste, and creates a cool feeling. Boiling point is 176oC and ignition point is 49oC

In terms of practical applications, eucalyptol is an ingredient in many mouthwashes and cough medicines. Besides, thanks to its special properties, eucalyptol is used as an insecticide and insect repellant.

Thanks to its pleasant scent, eucalyptol is used to produce fragrances, flavors and cosmetics.

Chemical formula of Eucalyptol

2.3 Distillation method

In preparation, people use dried, crushed eucalyptus leaves and then steam distillate to collect the essential oil.

3. Applications of eucalyptus essential oil

Vietnamese eucalyptus essential oil has high Eucalyptol content (another name is Cineole), along with highly active chemical components, which helps eucalyptus essential oil have wide applications in people lives, industries and services.

3.1 Aromatherapy

The cool scent of eucalyptus essential oil helps bring relaxation to the spirit, dispelling fatigue and stress from the mind.

Thanks to its antioxidant and antiseptic properties, the scent of eucalyptus essential oil not only dispels bad odors but also clean and purifies the air and repels insects.

3.2 Pharmaceuticals.

Eucalyptus essential oil soothes irritated skin, disinfects and quickly heals wounds, burns, insect cuts…

Thanks to its active ingredient eucalyptol, eucalyptus essential oil acts as a natural decongestant and cough relief by helping the body break down mucus and phlegm, reduce inflammation and open up the respiratory. Besides, with antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal properties… eucalyptus essential oil is effective in treating colds, asthma, decongesting nasal passages, protecting respiratory organs, and teeth (ingredient in toothpaste, mouthwash…)

3.3 Cosmetics

Eucalyptus essential oil removes dead cells, prevents oxidation, and rejuvenates the skin. Besides, thanks to its antibacterial and antifungal properties, essential oils help remove acne, clean the skin and quickly heal scars.

Eucalyptus essential oil can help improve blood circulation, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

Used as an ingredient in shampoo, it helps nourish and protect hair, moisturizes itchy scalp, and removes dandruff flakes.

3.4 Detergent

Eucalyptus essential oil is effective in removing grease, dirt, and cleaning surfaces. Along with its cool scent, it is a useful ingredient for cleaning products for the kitchen, toilet, floors… or laundry detergent and fabric softener.

Production equipment at VIPSEN essential oil factory

4. Eucalyptus essential oil produced by VIPSEN

VIPSEN is one of the leading researchers and producers of natural essential oils in Vietnam. Essential oil products are produced using advanced methods, achieving high quality with 100% natural ingredients, without additives or mixtures.

Eucalyptus essential oil products are produced by VIPSEN from selected raw materials, from famous raw material growing areas in Vietnam such as Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc… Production process from planting to harvesting raw materials Production and preservation of finished products are always closely monitored by a team of experienced experts and technicians. VIPSEN’s eucalyptus essential oil products are not only popular in Vietnam but are also exported to many countries around the world.

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