Herbs & Plants

Eucalyptus dives

Botanical Name: Eucalyptus dives
Family: Myrtaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Myrtales
Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: E. dives

Commomes: Broad-leaved peppermint or Blue peppermint

Habitat: Eucalyptus dives is native to New South Wales south from Niangala in New South Wales and in south-eastern Victoria. Broad-leaved peppermint usually grows in poor, dryish soils in open forest and woodland, usually in poor, shallow, stony soils in higher places.

Eucalyptus dives is a tree that grows to a height of 20 m (66 ft) and forms a lignotuber. The bark on the trunk and larger branches is rough, finely fibrous and greyish and smooth grey on the thinner branches. Young plants and coppice regrowth have leaves arranged in opposite pairs, egg-shaped to heart-shaped or curved, 60–140 mm (2.4–5.5 in) long and 20–70 mm (0.79–2.76 in) wide and sessile. Adult leaves are arranged alternately, lance-shaped to curved, the same slightly glossy or dull green on both sides, 70–150 mm (2.8–5.9 in) long and 14–42 mm (0.55–1.65 in) wide on a petiole 5–33 mm (0.2–1 in) long. The flower buds are usually arranged in groups of eleven or more in leaf axils on an unbranched peduncle 3–13 mm (0.1–0.5 in) long, the individual buds on a pedicel 2–7 mm (0.08–0.3 in) long. Mature buds are oval to club-shaped, 3–6 mm (0.12–0.24 in) long and 2–4 mm (0.079–0.157 in) wide with a conical to rounded operculum. Flowering occurs from September to January and the flowers are white. The fruit is a woody, cup-shaped, hemispherical or conical capsule, 3–7 mm (0.12–0.28 in) long and 4–8 mm (0.16–0.31 in) wide and sessile or on a pedicel up to 5 mm (0.20 in) long with the valves near the level of the rim.


This eucalypt is a source of Eucalyptus oil and yields up to 12.75% by weight of partly dried leaves. Some forms of E. dives contain mostly the essential oils phellandrene and piperitone, some also contain eucalyptol and the remainder eucalyptol, terpineol, geraniol and citral.

Research suggests that eucalyptus oil eases joint pain. In fact, many popular over-the- counter creams and ointments used to soothe pain from conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis contain this essential oil. Eucalyptus oil helps to reduce pain and inflammation associated with many conditions.


Other Uses:
Home fragrance, cosmetics, skin care, bath and body lotions, creams, gels, massage oil blends, perfume, candles and soaps.

Known Haza: Because of the Ketones content should not be used with children or during pregnancy. Toxic if ingested

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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