Chemical Components

The major chemical constituents under the general heading 'eucalyptus' consist of oxides and hydroterpenes, primarily 1,8-cineole, which is the most significant constituent and ranges from 54-95%, citronellal camphone, fenchone, limonene, phellandrene and pinene depending on the species (Clarke 2002).

The exact chemical composition of an oil depends on the particular species from which it was extracted. There are small amounts of alpha-pinene (2.6%), alpha-cymene (2.7%), aromadendrene, ciminaldehyde, globulol and pinocarveol and d-limonene, alpha-phellandrene, camphene and alpha-terpinene (Bisset 1994, Bruneton 1995).

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