Did you know there are 300 species of Eucalyptus trees? These trees are indigenous to Australia where the fresh leaves have been used traditionally in wound treatments, and the wood is used for making didgeridoo wind instruments. Trees are also used for making pulp and charcoal. Eucalyptus essential oil, which is powerfully cleansing, antiseptic, and deodorizing, is steam distilled from the leaves.
|Eucalyptus tree in bloom, photo by Starr. Trees can grow as high as 90 meters|
There are environmental and safety concerns regarding cultivation of Eucalyptus outside of Australia. Eucalyptus has become invasive in many areas including California, where it is also a fire hazard due to the volatility of the essential oil. The Seminole Indian tribe has taken a stand against the planting of genetically engineered (GE) Eucalyptus trees in Florida. Native pine forests are being cut down to plant GE Eucalyptus, which worsens climate change and is a threat to biodiversity. People living near the GE Eucalyptus plantations are concerned with health risks from altered tree pollen and toxic chemicals used on the plantations. Eucalyptus trees are also require a lot of water. We are against the destruction of native South Eastern forests for Eucalyptus production.
|Eucalyptus globulus trees in Hawaii, photo by Starr|
We have recently reformulated our Tea Tree Eucalyptus shampoo bar to match our Key Lime Eucalyptus shampoo formula, which works very well with hard water and is vegan. Both of these bars are naturally colored with French green clay. They are made with a blend of saponified Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil, Organic Coconut oil, Olive oil pomace, raw unrefined Shea butter and Castor oil. These shampoo bars are on special this weekend. You can check out the details in our November newsletter. Subscribe here to receive our monthly ingredient spotlight.
|Our reformulated our Tea Tree Eucalyptus shampoo bar|