Cineole-based eucalyptus oil prevents the separation problem with ethanol and petrol fuel blends. Eucalyptus oil also has a respectable octane rating and can be used as a fuel in its own right. However, production costs are currently too high for the oil to be economically viable as a fuel. This oil is commonly known as Peppermint Eucalyptus Oil. It contains 35-50% piperitone and 23-30% phellandrene. It has three chemo types that have different uses: CT cineole, CT piperitone has a minty fragrance and CT phellandrene is used for insecticide. Eucalyptus oil is steam distilled from the leaves and can be used for cleaning and as an industrial solvent, as an antiseptic, for deodorizing, and in very small quantities in food supplements, especially sweets, cough drops, toothpaste and decongestants. It has insect repellent properties, and is an active ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents.
1. The oil is colorless
2. It has a camphor-like scent
Uses of Eucalyptus Oil
1. This cineole-based oil is used as element in pharmaceutical preparations in products like lozenges, cough sweets, ointments and inhalant to reduce the symptoms of influenza and colds
2. Cineole-based eucalyptus oil is used as an insect repellent and biopesticide.
3. It is used as flavorings at low levels in various products, such as baked goods, confectionery, meat products and beverages. Eucalyptus oil has antimicrobial activity against a broad range of food borne human pathogens and food spoilage microorganisms.
4. Eucalyptus oil is also used as a fragrance component to impart a fresh and clean aroma in soaps, detergents, lotions and perfumes.
5. This oil is used to treat infections of the throat, lung and sinuses, hypertension and supports the respiratory system.
6. Its fresh aroma is reviving and will help clear the sinuses though inhalation