There are about 650 Eucalyptus species, the most common are Eucalyptus viminalis and Eucalyptus cinerea. The leaf of Eucalyptus cinerea appears to be more beneficial, but it is mostly used in pharmaceutics. Eucalyptus grows in Australia, Abkhasia, Georgia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Israel and some other southern countries. Eucalyptus originates from Australia, its leaves are the basic food for koalas. Eucalyptus trees may reach a height of 70 m or more and have a curved white smooth trunk up to 1 m in diameter. A mature eucalyptus tree daily consumes 150 to 250 l of water. Eucalyptus was first brought to the Black Sea cost of the Russian Empire in the 19th century and planted in the Nikitsky Botanical Garden in Yalta, Crimea. Starting from 1939, eucalyptus was extensively cultivated in the USSR throughout the Russian Black Sea cost ranging from the Crimean Peninsula to Batumi, Georgia. At that time, Kolkhida Lowland, a region at the Black Sea cost, was a wetland. Extremely high humidity of the region favoured fast reproduction of the malarial mosquito. Eucalyptus was used as a method of fighting malaria and draining the coastal areas. A young spring of eucalyptus grows 3 to 5 m high during a year and consumes much water. However, the eucalyptus could not stand the cold winters of 1950-1951, when the coastal temperatures dropped below zero and to minus 15oC in the Crimea, and only survived in a small area extending from the Big Sochi to Batumi, Georgia. Today Eucalyptus cinerea is widely spread in Abkhasia and Georgia.
Eucalyptus leaves fit for making whisks all year round except for the flowering period, which differs depending on the region. Eucalyptus branches should be dried in a dark and well-ventilated place. Dried leaves should have green colour. The eucalyptus leaf turns white if exposed to sunlight, and black if exposed to moisture or poorly dried. Poorly dried eucalyptus leaves should not be transported at high temperatures as they start to "burn out" and turn black.
Although quite new for the steam room, the eucalyptus whisk has become popular among real bath lovers both in and outside Russia. It is not recommended to use the eucalyptus whisk at temperatures above 60oC since unlike the traditional birch and oak whisks, due to a large content of essential oils the eucalyptus whisk becomes coarse when overheated and may burn you. The best option for a bather is our export version of the whisk, which is three time larger than the standard one. The eucalyptus whisk can be used for inhalation, or you can use it to prepare a solution and pour it on oven stones or walls, or just soak the whisk and leave in the steam room for aroma. Aroma is the most valuable benefit of eucalyptus: essential oils containing in the leaves release phytoncides which have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Our standard eucalyptus whisk is good for aroma in a steam room.