Banalasta is an Aboriginal name meaning the land of the healthy waterholes, a key element in growing the highest quality Eucalyptus. Located in Australia’s New England Tablelands, we grow and distill our organic certified Eucalyptus Radiata (Australiana) in its natural habitat.
However, our story starts in the 70’s when Rolf (founder of the plantation) visited Australia from Germany. He instantly fell in love with the land, the clean air and the wildlife and so acquired the property. At the time, the farm was used for cattle and wool production.
In the 90’s the wool price collapsed, so he looked for a new, sustainable way to farm the land. He discovered the benefit rich Eucalyptus oil and learnt that at the time almost all of the eucalyptus oil in Australia was imported from China and South Africa and was sub par the quality of Australian Eucalyptus. He made it his mission to establish a plantation for this special Australian oil.
We started planting Eucalyptus Radiata (Australiana) trees due to its superior quality and yet gentle nature. By 1999, the plantation consisted of 1 million trees. However, in the early 2000’s disaster struck when the worst frost to date wiped out 50% of the plantation.
After this setback, efforts were focused on the remaining trees to ensure the oil was of the highest quality. Continuous high standards resulted in the plantation becoming Australian Organic Certified – making Banalasta the largest Certified Organic Eucalyptus Radiata plantation.
Now, due to the high demand of our Eucalyptus Radiata oil we have begun replanting the sections of the plantation we lost in the early 2000’s taking with us the lessons we have learnt over the years to continue finding ways to improve our oil and our products.
The Aboriginal people referred to Eucalyptus as the tree for fever, due to its powerful medicinal properties. There are over 700 varieties of Eucalyptus almost all of which are native to Australia. Eucalyptus Radiata Oil is known in particular for its extremely high healing properties – it has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial benefits which makes it extremely useful for all types of infection.
Based on our research and testing, we have chosen to produce Organic Certified Eucalyptus Radiata Oil due to its quality and because we can grow it in its natural habitat. Yet in our opinion, what makes this particular oil so appealing compared to other Eucalyptus oils like Globulus is that the Radiata oil is far gentler. It is better suited for chronic respiratory conditions and viral or bacterial infections, especially with young children.
It is our mission to continue sustainably producing the highest quality of Eucalyptus Radiata oil while replanting the sections of the plantation we lost in the 2000’s.
We will continue researching the benefits of this amazing oil and how it can positively impact peoples health in a natural and sustainable way.