Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Oil and Products

Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee – Eucalyptus cneorifolia

Eucalyptus cneorifolia | Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee

The Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) is the variety of Eucalyptus tree that Emu Ridge sustainably grows and harvests for its famous Eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas!

In the early 1900’s there were over 100 Eucalyptus stills on the island producing eucalyptus oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee, making it the biggest export off of Kangaroo Island during that time. Today Emu Ridge is the only Eucalyptus oil Distillery in South Australia.

The Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee is native to Kangaroo Island. Bev and Larry Turner founders of the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil distillery in 1991 were lucky to have an honors student Adam Steer do a study on (Factors affecting oil yield, and genetic selection for the improved oil yield, in Eucalyptus cneorifolia growing on Kangaroo Island) After many years of research and through selective breeding Larry and Bev have endeavored to  collect seeds from the best oil-bearing, disease free and drought resistant plants. These seeds are then grown to seedlings and looked after at the Emu Ridge nursery. Sustainability of the species is the key to it’s future and also the reputation of the oil. Buying from local and small businesses like Emu Ridge is the best way to support the future of trees like the Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee.

Description: A small mallee type to 16′ with cream flowers. This species is used primarily for essential oil extraction and is often cultivated for the attractive foliage. It is quick growing, suitable for windbreaks and erosion control, salt effected areas and does well on limestone type soils. It is a rare species from Kangaroo Island and has no closely related species. It is from the Myrtaceae family.

Culture: Sun, well drained acid or alkaline soil, sandy loam, low moisture requirement.

Uses: Shrub or small tree, essential oil production, ornamental, windbreaks, coastal area plantings, cut flowers, foliage and fruits.
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The Kangaroo Island Narrow leaf mallee trees are easily recognized by their erect stems,  narrow leaves, crowded fusiform buds and hemispherical fruit. They are often cultivated because of its attractive foliage. They are a fairly hardy plant, with only a few threats including inadequate recruitment and livestock grazing.

Like the name suggests, the leaf of the tree is narrow and long with beautiful dark olive green foliage and bright lime green new foliage. You can hold the older leaves up to the light and see the many eucalyptus oil cells throughout the leaf. However, the leaf does not have a fragrance unless you crush the precious oil cells.

The beautiful new growth from Spring is where all the good oil is, so our distilling time is seasonal. We only produce our oil at the end of Spring and throughout Summer. The difference in yield is huge from only 1% in the Winter to 4% in the Summer. For example, our distilling pot holds about 500kg of leaves per cook, which produces only 1 – 2 litres of eucalyptus oil in winter, but produces  5 – 10 litres of eucalyptus oil in the summer.

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Distribution and population only occurs in South Australia. Common on the eastern part of Kangaroo Island, and occurs in restricted pockets near Waitpinga on Fleurieu Peninsula. There has also been findings of this plant near coastal locations of southern Fleurieu Peninsula, between Deep Creek and Victor Harbour.

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The fruit of the tree is a small football shape, as shown in the picture below, with the red tops dropping off to welcome the white or cream fluffy flowers inside. We use the the leaves, fruit and flowers to decorate all kinds of different products in our retail shop, and also use them in our pot pourri.

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The picture below is of part of our plantation at Emu Ridge. Larry selectively bred the eucalyptus with the help of research working with the Waite Institute in Adelaide. He planted his trees in contour rows and harvests every second row so that the remaining row will protect the new growth from the Kangaroo Island weather. The trees are harvested to the ground and are re-harvested every one to two years. This keeps the tree as a hedge instead of growing into a taller tree.

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Below are the trees left to grow tall. The name “Mallee” means several slender stems. The tree ends up with a “canopy” of leaves up the top. Multi-stemmed or single-stemmed trees can grow up to 10 meters high, with the adult leaves alternating. The leaves are generally on petioles 5-10 mm long, sub-erect, glossy and an olive-green colour.

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Below is a famous strip of road on Kangaroo Island which travels through the “tunnel” of Narrow-Leaf Mallee trees…. we have a few of these beautiful cathedrals on the Island.

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Source – Matt White

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Source – Dean Wiles

Below are photos of the bark. The  bark is somewhat fibrous, greyish-brown to dark-grey, compact rough bark longitudinally fissured , being replaced  by a smooth greyish bark.

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Below is a photo which shows the many stems growing from the mallee stump.

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The Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) predominately covers the Eastern side of Kangaroo island as you can see in the below images.

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Artworks using the Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee – Eucalyptus cneorifolia

Below is some artwork I would like to share with you from 2 of my favourite and Kangaroo Islands most  accomplished and admired artists.  Janine Mackintosh and Scott Harshorne. Each has a unique take on nature, Janine with meticulously sewn assemblages of natural objects and Scott with his giant, sparse oils reminiscent of herbarium sheets.

Scott Hartshorne’s oversized branchlets of native Kangaroo Island trees are the perfect complement to the detail of Janine’s assemblages. They strip down the tree to its essence and present it boldly and powerfully.

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Dry Branch: A Study In Complexity Eucalyptus cneorifolia, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaf Mallee.

Visit Scott’s Facebook and Webpage

Janine’s assemblages present in mesmerising detail the natural world of Kangaroo Island and in particular her own Heritage listed property. Her art is a message to save what we have left of the complexity of biodiversity.

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INDUSTRY- Artist Janine Mackinosh Yacca (Xanthorrhoea semiplana ssp. tateana) gum, Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) leaves, metal farm disc, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas by

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LAMENTATION – Artist Janine Mackintosh Kangaroo Island Narrow-leaved Mallee (Eucalyptus cneorifolia) leaves from a drowning tree, linen thread and bookbinder’s gum on canvas

Visit Janine’s Facebook and Webpage

Eucalyptus Oil

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Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil Produced on Kangaroo Island South Australia

Bev and Larry have been producing Eucalyptus Oil from the Kangaroo Island Narrow-Leaf Mallee since 1991. Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery is an important part of Kangaroo Island’s Tourism industry, adding to the variety of Kangaroo Islands produce and preserving important history.

For more information on Emu Ridge’s history, please click on the blog links below:
History
Kangaroo Island History – Emu Ridge
Emu Ridge – The last South Australian Eucalyptus Oil Distillery!

Their shop on Kangaroo Island is the main outlet for their Eucalyptus Oil. Their online shop is also largely used by our supporting customers, from all over the globe!

#essentialoil #eucalyptusoil #pure #australian


 

References:

These pictures were taken from our very own trees here at Emu Ridge to illustrate the unique species.

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_cneorifolia

Australian Government Department of the Environment – http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/ab8e9576-38e6-4dc7-9b36-becca5028f42/files/kangaroo-island-mallee-woodlands.pdf

Department for Enviroment and Heritage – file:///C:/Users/Emu%20Ridge%20Office/Downloads/pa-fact-pafacteucalyptuscneorifolia.pdf

Biodiversity Heritage Library – http://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/19423960#page/315/mode/1up

Valentine’s Day Sale 10% Off All Products*

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner & as a gift to our wonderful customers we are offering 10% of all our products*!

If you have someone special you’d love to spoil get in early with this amazing sale before Valentine’s Day is here!

Just use the coupon code Love10 on the cart page before 13/2/19.

DON’T FORGET TO STOCK UP ON OUR GREAT PRODUCTS FOR YOURSELF AND GIFTS DURING THE YEAR!

We have heaps of great gift ideas at Emu Ridge  we are happy to make up a hamper just for you. Gift Vouchers are always a great option to.

We have a wide range of beautiful gift packs and boxes for sale in store and online. They are a unique Australian made gift for that special someone. We will also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customized Christmas or Corporate gifts as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas.

Emu Ridge is a family owned business on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. Founded in 1991 we are proud to Manufacture and Retail many wonderful Australian produced natural products and to have saved our history and heritage!

Thanks again and we look forward to your continued support.

Larry, Bev and Staff

*excluding sale items

Valentine’s Day Special on Kangaroo Island DUO PACK

It’s Back!! Don’t miss this amazing SPECIAL on the Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus DUO PACK.  It includes Hand and Nail Cream 100ml and Body Mousse 150ml was $44.95 now ONLY $25.00.

Perfect gift for that special someone or why not treat yourself? These products purchased separately are $25.95 EACH! Its a bargain!

Stock up on this years Gifts. We believe this SPECIAL will never be repeated!

ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST! THIS IS A NEVER TO BE REPEATED SPECIAL WE HAVE BEEN VERY LUCKY TO GET THEM, THIS SPECIAL IS EXCLUSIVE TO EMU RIDGE!

This Beautifully packaged Maine Beach range is blended with freshly picked Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus leaves, crushed bush mint and a hint of spice, this extensive body care range offers an uplifting assortment of botanical oils to counter the ageing process.
Double distilled on Kangaroo Island in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil is then infused with a floral bouquet of white rock orchid, lavender buds and ylang ylang blossom on a delicate base of vanilla pod and soft musk. The result is a sensual range of natural Australian-made products free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphate and colourant.

Emu Ridge have a wonderful range of natural Australian produced products all available here

#essentialoils #naturalproducts #christmas #birthday #eucalyptus #mainebeach #gift  #wildbushland

OVERSEAS WORKERS FROM FINLAND

We had the pleasure to have 2 girls Siiri and Jasmin from Finland working with us for a few months. They also really contributed to our Kangaroo Island Community, volunteering in Jewelry exhibitions at Fine Art Kangaroo Island and the Kangaroo Island Wool fashion parades. What an experience. You can view The full Album  that will take you to a few of the experiences that they had with us!

We wish them well in there travels and miss them.

 

 

Eucalyptus DUO PACK ROUND SPECIAL

Don’t miss this SPECIAL on the Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Maine Beach DUO PACK. We are excited to be able to offer you this SPECIAL once again.  It includes Hand and Nail Cream 100ml and Body Mousse 150ml was $44.95 now ONLY $25.00. Order online or give us a call!

ONLY WHILE STOCKS LAST! THIS SPECIAL IS EXCLUSIVE TO EMU RIDGE!

This Beautifully packaged Maine Beach range is blended with freshly picked Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus leaves, crushed bush mint and a hint of spice, this extensive body care range offers an uplifting assortment of botanical oils to counter the ageing process.
Double distilled on Kangaroo Island in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil is then infused with a floral bouquet of white rock orchid, lavender buds and ylang ylang blossom on a delicate base of vanilla pod and soft musk. The result is a sensual range of natural Australian-made products free from parabens, mineral oil, sulphate and colourant.

Emu Ridge have a wonderful range of natural Australian produced products all available here

#essentialoils #naturalproducts #christmas #birthday #eucalyptus #mainebeach #gift  #wildbushland

Kangaroo Island Cider at Emu Ridge

We have had a long association with Graham and Mary Jones, Larry and Graham met at an essential oil seminar in Adelaide in 1993. Graham helped us with our Eucalyptus research. A lad called Adam Steer chose us as his subject and we did alot of research to selectively breed a higher yielding and disease resistant variety of tree, but that’s another story. Through that work Graham and Mary fell in love with Kangaroo Island and purchased a property near us and Kangaroo Island Ciders began with the planting of an apple orchard in 2004.

Since then they have planted over 30 different cider apple varieties including dessert apples, and have over 600 trees.  In 2011, they introduced a medium dry Colony Cove Original Cider and in 2012, the medium sweet Colony Cove Draught Cider. Later introducing a Vintage and a Non Alcoholic.

The official launch of Kangaroo Island Ciders was on the 17th of November 2012 at Emu Ridge.

All ciders have won local and national awards. It walks out of our doors it really is a delicious drop!

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The cellar door for Cider sales is located at Emu Ridge and tastings are available for group bookings only, unless advertised other wise.                                                                                                                                                       TASTINGS ARE AVAILABLE DURING THE JANUARY SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 2019
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Emu Ridge are proud to have been chosen the Winners for the Best Farm Gate and Cellar Door Experience for    2016, and Best Farm Gate 17 and 18.  Click this link if you would like more info on Kangaroo Island Ciders. 

We have 6 packs and cartons that are offered at a better price than individual bottles.  Graham Jones, has a long history as a lecturer in wine and cider making at Adelaide University and a lifelong interest in ciders. He also has the “onerous task” of being on the judging panel for the Australian Malt Whisky Society.

This professional and commercial interest has coincided with the resurgence of cider in Australia. Many commercial ciders in Australia are made with low-cost apple concentrate from overseas. Kangaroo Island Ciders produces its Colony Cove range from crushing apples from its 600 trees to produce quality, local ciders.
“Our aim in the longer term is to produce a range of traditional ciders made from old English apple varieties.” Meanwhile, you can try the Colony Cove range, including a non-alcoholic Apple Sparkler, at Emu Ridge Eucalyptus.

We use a mixture of apples to make our ciders with most being traditional English cider varieties. The cider is made by Graham Jones who has an extensive history of beverage production as an Associate Professor of Oenology at the University of Adelaide and as a distiller. These days Graham is semi retired and teaches Wine and Cider making at the University.

The Cider labels reflect the many beautiful coves around Kangaroo Island with the originals painted as watercolours by Mary Jones. You will find some of her artwork at Emu Ridge.

 

 

Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus Hand Cream Special!

SUPER SALE at Emu Ridge just in time for Christmas. The 50ml Hand & Nail cream normally $12.95 and its only $7.00 Sale finishes on the 20/12/18. Makes the perfect gift or just for yourself!

This 50ml luxurious Kangaroo Island Wild Bushland Eucalyptus Hand and Nail Cream is great for having with you every day and slipping into your handbag it also makes a lovely Australian gift.

Double distilled in one of Australia’s oldest Eucalypt distilleries, the Eucalyptus oil has been infused with fragrance to produce a sensual range of modern Australian made body care products.

Chilled by fresh, crisp breezes from the Antarctic, Kangaroo Island is a sanctuary of pristine Eucalypts protected from introduced European infestations.

The Hand & Nail Creme is 50ml with Organic Sweet Almond Oil. It is a soft, decadent creme with macadamia, sweet almond and jojoba oil to leave your hands feeling silky smooth.

The cream has been made in Australia by Maine Beach using our Emu Ridge Eucalyptus oil. They specialise in Australian body care with fresh fragrances, with key organic ingredients.

Made with no parabens, sulphates, artificial colours or petrochemicals.

CLICK HERE TO SHOP NOW!

Emu Ridge XMAS SALE 2018 10% OFF!

As a thankyou to our customers for supporting our family owned business we would like to offer all our wonderful customers 10% off all our products*.

Just use the coupon code xmas18 on the cart page before 12/12/18.

We wish everyone a safe and happy festive season and wonderful 2019! Remember to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter to keep up to date with what’s happening at Emu Ridge and also to hear about any specials we may have.

Click here to shop now and don’t forget to use the coupon code xmas18.

We offer unique Australian made gifts for that special someone. We can also expertly tailor a gift to suit your  individual requirements,  full of excellent local produce. We provide customised Christmas or Corporate gifts as well. So if you have a special occasion for someone coming up and would like a gift basket and are not sure what to choose, we are here to help you with heaps of gift ideas. If you would like something delivered on Kangaroo Island we are happy to hand deliver your voucher or gift if it is within the Kingscote area. Otherwise we can arrange delivery for you at a small cost. All other orders are delivered by Australia Post.

Cheers from Larry, Bev and our great team at Emu Ridge.

*excluding sale items

EUCALYPTUS SEASON HAS BEGUN WITH THE NEW STILL BUILT at Emu Ridge

Our Eucalyptus season has begun and Larry’s newly engineered still is proving to be an impressive time saver!  The process has changed a little bit but the overall concept remains the same which is Steam Distillation. Check out this quick video to give you an idea!

HOW HE BUILT IT BELOW

The process is now as follows below:

  • Larry collects the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee leaf using his mechanical harvester, which cuts the trees at the front and the leaf goes up the shoot then into a pot on the back which now holds 1 ton of leaf. You can view the harvesting process here.
  • The pot of leaf has a mesh lid put on top and then this pot is turned over and put on top of another pot, the original still which is filled with water.

 

  • Underneath the water pot a fire is lit and this begins to boil the water which then turns into steam.
  • The steam rises into the next pot which has the leaves. The steam goes through the leaves and ruptures the oil cell which then turn into vapour.
  • Both steam and vapour rise up and out through a pipe into the new condenser. The steam and vapour go through small pipes and cold water circulates the pipes. Cooling and condensing the steam and vapour into water and oil.

Larry with his new condenser he built, this is what it looks like inside, lot of welds in there!

The finished condenser in its correct place.

  • The water and oil run down into a tank where there is a simple separator. The oil is lighter than water so this sits on top and flows off through a copper pipe and then out into a drum.
  • And that is how the oil made.

Now with Larry’s new still he only has to do one distillation as the oil comes out clean and refined the first time. This makes it much easier and quicker for Larry to produce the oil. One process can take 2-3 hours and we get about 15-20 litres of Eucalyptus oil from 1 ton of leaf.

Emu Ridge manufacturing Eucalyptus oil on Kangaroo Island since 1991

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