The Essential Oil Company
 
 

Eucalyptus Citriodora from Soil to Oil

Eucalyptus Citriodora leaves and twigs

Eucalyptus Citriodora

 

Eucalyptus Citriodora (E. citriodora) oil is distilled from the leaves and branches of the tree.  Eucalyptus citriodora trees are grown on plantations.

Eucalyptus being cloned in the laboratory

 

 

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.

Eucalyptus clowns are grown to be planted in the field

Eucalyptus Citriodora plantation

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.

 

                 Cutting brances from Eucalyptus trees

Branches are cut from the treesLoading Eucalyptus branches on to trucks

Eucalyptus branches are loaded onto trucksLoading Eucalyptus citriodora branches

The trucks are stacked high destined for the distillery

Machestes are used to cut Eurcalyptus branches from the tree

Sharp machetes are used to cut the branches from the treesHard work cutting Eucalyptus branchesThe leaves and branches are dumped at the distillery, to be loaded in to the stills, to make the essential oil.

Eucalyptus branches are dumped at the distillery.
Eucalyptus Citriodora branches are dumped at the distillery
A man inside the retort of the distiller to make certain the leaves and branches are packed tightly
A man inside the retort of the still makes certain the branches and leaves are packed tightly
Boiler at Eucalyptus distillery
This old boiler is a workhorse, producing lots of steam which is required for distillation
Eucalyptus leaves and branches when the still is opened after distillation.
Spent Eucalyptus branches when the still is opened after distillation
The essencier is uised to separate the essential oil from the hydrosol
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 waiting to be loaded onto trucks
Eucalyptus logs are stacked waiting to be loaded onto trucks
Charcoal ovens for Eucalyptus bolts
Special ovens have been built of clay brick for making charcoal
Eucalyptus wood is stacked and waiting to be loaded into the charcoal ovens
The charcoal ovens are packed tightly for making charcoal
A sealed charcoal oven with wood inside, burning to become 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 charcoal is bagged to be sold at the market place.
The finished product, heade for the shelf in the local market.  Charcoal is used in homes for cooking