This Week at Wild Craft Oils
This week at Wild Craft Oils is starting off with a bang. We had the opportunity to harvest some Blue Gum Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus globulus, from a good friend's property in Rancho Santa Fe. We distilled the plant material over the weekend and were very happy with how wonderful the hydrosol already was right out of the distiller, as some hydrosols can take longer to cure and can have a slightly burnt aroma at first. This one will likely just get better and better! Eucalyptus globulus essential oil is easy to find commercially, but it is very special to experience the oil from a local tree, and we have never personally experienced Eucalyptus globulus hydrosol until now.
A Few Facts
GENERAL DISTRIBUTION : Blue Gum Eucalyptus is native to Tasmania and southeastern Australia. It was introduced into California in 1856 and into Hawaii in about 1865. It has naturalized in both states. It is a fairly common ornamental in Arizona but has not naturalized there. The planted range in California extends from Humboldt County south to San Diego County, with best growth in the coastal fog belt near San Francisco. There are numerous plantings in the Central Valley from Redding south to Bakersfield and San Bernardino. Hawaii has about 12,000 acres (5,000 ha) of planted and naturalized Blue Gum Eucalyptus, almost all of them on the islands of Hawaii and Maui. * U.S. Forest Service Website*
A Little Bit of History
Benefits of Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus has many therapeutic benefits. It supports respiratory function. It is an antiseptic and a natural insect repellent. The hydrosol is a wonderful option to use with children and pets as it has many of the same benefits as the essential oil, but in a milder form.
Eucalyptus globulus is a dynamo when it comes to producing essential oil. This single distillation produced a healthy layer of oil resting on top of the hydrosol.
Sunday, August 28th
We will open the doors for our second Open Distillery on August 28th. We are planning to make this a bi-monthly event. We will have coffee and "brunchy" treats to complement the aromas of the local landscape.