Eucalyptus Citriodora (E. citriodora) oil is distilled from the leaves and branches of the tree. Eucalyptus citriodora trees are cultivated on plantations.
Test plots have been established on this Eucalyptus citriodora plantation in Brazil, to determine which trees exhibit the fastest growth, highest essential oil yield and the most favorable chemical composition.
Promising individuals are identified and cloned to be planted in the field.
The trees are grown until they are approximately 6" DBH (diameter breast height), and then harvested for the branches and wood.
Branches are cut from the trees, loaded on trucks, destined for the distillery.
Eucalyptus branches are loaded onto trucks
The trucks are stacked high destined for the distillery
Sharp machetes are used to cut the branches from the trees
The leaves and branches are brought to the distillery, and loaded into the stills, for making the Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil.
Eucalyptus Citriodora branches are piled at the distillery
A man inside the retort of the still makes certain the branches and leaves are packed tightly
This old boiler is a workhorse, producing lots of steam which is required for distillation
Spent Eucalyptus branches when the still is opened after distillation.
The Essencier receives the distillate water from the condenser, where it is then separated to become essential oil and hydrosols.
What about the lumber left over?
The logs that are cut from the trees are cut to size, and are brought to the area where they are turned into charcoal. The charcoal is then sold on the market for home cooking use.
Eucalyptus logs are stacked waiting to be loaded onto trucks
Special ovens have been built of clay brick for making charcoal
The charcoal ovens are packed tightly for making charcoal
A sealed charcoal oven. The flames on the inside have just started to burn, for the slow process of making charcoal from Eucalyptus Citriodora wood
The finished product, headed for the shelf in the local market. The Eucalyptus citriodora charcoal is used in homes for cooking