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Australian Eucalyptus Oil – A Review and Giveaway
The picturesque road to Banalasta – it was stinking hot and there was a bushfire in the distance
At the end of last year I visited a friend in Armidale which is about 5 hours drive from Sydney (or about an hour flying). On our way to see friends in Tamworth – the Country Music Capital of Australia – we saw signs to a Eucalyptus farm. A few kilometres up a bumpy dirt road we found the gorgeous little shop and cafe, selling eucalyptus oil from the property “Banalasta” (the land of healthy waterholes). They are growing quickly and increasing their wholesale business to the USA, as well as supplying the Australian public through online sales and sale on the property. They are a certified organic farming business.
The lovely people gave me a quick look around out the back, where they actually store the leaves and distill the oil. Here are a few pics:
Here you can see fresh eucalyptus leaves (Eucalyptus radiata) harvested off the property, from living trees (that continue to live). The scent was absolutely divine!
Fresh eucalyptus leaves awaiting distillation
The massive vats used for distilling the oil:
The receptacle that collects the essential oil:
The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow – where the essential oil is collected
Glass measuring and testing equipment to assess each batch:
At Banalasta they also grow and distill lavender (Lavandula Intermedia grosso):
Lavender just about to flower outside the shop
The Oil: Eucalyptus radiata certified organic
The Scent: A sweet and soft eucalyptus, almost like you are eating a eucalyptus candy. Within the scent I can detect mild camphorous tones and the poetic sense of the Australian bush.
The Verdict: A must have for all scent enthusiasts
10ml bottle Eucalyptus radiata
Please comment via the little thought bubble at the top of the blog and tell my why you’d LOVE this little bottle of Aussie goodness. The winner will be chosen through random.org on the 20th May 2015.
Thanks so much! You can support local organic farmers by buying direct from Banalasta here: http://www.banalasta.com.au/Essential-Oils-p-1-c-252.html
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