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New Arrival: Eucalyptus dives (Broadleaf Peppermint or Peppermint Eucalyptus)

Name: Eucalyptus dives (Broadleaf Peppermint or Peppermint Eucalyptus)
Category: Essential Oils
Species: Eucalyptus dives
Part: Leaves
Method: Steam Distillation
Country: South Africa
Code: EucDiv9

Eucalyptus dives or broad-leaved peppermint is a small tree native to temperate dry sclerophyll woodlands and forests of south-eastern Australia. The juvenile leaves are ovate and glaucus, and adult leaves are lanceolate to broad-lanceolate. Leaves are aromatic.

The piperitone chemotype of E.dives has a peppermint like flavor and aroma. It is distilled for piperitone, which is used in the production of synthetic menthol. The major producing region is eastern Transvaal, South Africa, where it is grown in commercial plantations. The leaves of the piperitone chemotype have also been used as a flavouring in Australia since colonial times, especially in combination with a brewed black Camellia sinensis 'billy tea'. This is the chemotype intended when none is specified.