Eucalyptus Citriodora (E. citriodora) oil is distilled from the leaves and branches of the tree. Eucalyptus citriodora trees are grown on plantations.
On this particular Eucalyptus plantation in Brazil, test plots have been established to determinte the trees with; the fastest growth, highest essential oil yield with 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), at which time, they are harvested.
The branches are cut from the downed trees and are loaded on trucks, destined for the distillery.
Branches are cut from the trees
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 treesThe leaves and branches are dumped at the distillery, to be loaded in to the stills, to make the essential oil.
Eucalyptus Citriodora branches are dumped 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 hydrosol
The logs that are cut from the trees are cut to size, and are brought to the place 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, heade for the shelf in the local market. Charcoal is used in homes for cooking