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Eucalyptus

  • English Name : Eucalyptus
  • Local Name (Nepali Name)) : Masala
  • BotanicalName : Eucalyptus globulus
  • Family Name : Myrtaece
  • Season : May - June
  • Parts Used : Leaves

Description

A big tree native to Australia and Tasmania, eucalyptus is also cultivated in terai region of Nepal. The leaves and oil are especially used in inhalation preparations. Additionally, eucalyptus is used as an effective natural insect repellant and antiseptic. Eucalyptus oil is obtained bysteam distillation of the leaves of Eucalyptus camaldulensiss.

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Appearance : Fluid liquid
  • Aroma : Sweet herbal, faintly balsamic
  • Specific Gravity : 1.0695 to 1.0795 at 23 C
  • Refractive Index : 1.5335 to 1.5589 at 23 C
  • Optical Rotation : (-) 0.2 to (-) 0.5 at 23 C
  • Acid Number : 0.6 to 2.5
  • Solubility : Soluble in 0.4 to 1.5 volumes of 80% alcohol
  • Soluble in water : Insoluble
  • Packaging : 1 kg, 5 kg, 10 kg, 25 kg