The Eucalyptus Tree

Eucalyptus Citriodora or Lemon Eucalyptus is one of nature’s most effective insect repellents, successfully tested on midges, mosquitoes, moths, ticks and flies and many other insects.
We blend the 100% natural Eucalyptus oil with Lemongrass, Cedarwood and other plant extracts, for its brilliant deterrent powers and for its sharp sweet smell, familiar from nursery days.

Eucalyptus trees are some of the tallest and most graceful trees in the world, with narrow, curved leaves like scimitars, and a pale peeling bark. They can grow to an amazing 300 feet (100m), and although they are now found scattered over the globe, all originated in Australia, including the ones we use from Kodaikanal in South India. The Kodai trees produce long graceful leaves which are gathered wild and distilled to make Eucalyptus Essential Oil. They are famous for their traditional medicinal and insecticidal characteristics.

The Eucalpytus that The Lemongrass Trading Company uses comes from Kodaikanal, a beautiful and tranquil Hill Station in the state of Tamil Nadu, in South India. The town is surrounded by natural shola or forest (still roamed by huge wild bison who occasionally wander into town.) The indigenous pines and forest trees were supplemented by Eucalyptus and Mimosa shipped from Australia and planted in the 19th century.

At 7700 feet, Kodaikanal is built around a tranquil lake, where kingfishers, pond herons and water lilies flourish, surrounded by Eucalyptus trees. Kodai (as everyone calls it) is approached by a road with 53 hair-raising hairpin bends, enlivened by waterfalls, monkeys and little tats or pack ponies.  Eventually as the road climbs from the hot southern plains, through coconut and banana groves, you reach the lower hills where the Lemongrass grows wild and in profusion. Law’s Ghat Road winds past local oranges and grape vines, and as the air grows cooler, it is infused with the plangent smell of Eucalyptus and the sweetness of Mimosa.