Breathe it in:
Friday evening bubble bath.
Saturday morning hike.
Sunday afternoon tea time.
Notice the same smells throughout it all?
If your essential oil infused bubble bath and steaming tea smell the same as your favorite outdoor trail, you can thank our #WineWednesday molecule. That smell is the calming smell of Eucalyptol. From the nearly 700 species of Eucalyptus trees you may encounter on your hike to the essential oil treatments we know and love, Eucalyptol is responsible for the lingering smell of zen, freshness and even, you guessed it, wine.
Smell the Science
Take a big whiff of that relaxing smell of Eucalyptol before we dive into the science of it all. We know that science and zen might not go hand-in-hand, but because of the Eucalyptol molecule, we can have our cake and eat it, too. Like an acai bowl before power yoga or a beer in hand while watching the game, the calming smell and fresh taste of Eucalyptol is the perfect molecule to create an irresistible flavor and aroma combination that is found in your glass of wine from Napa Valley, to Tuscany, to Ava Winery.
So, what’s in #WineWednesday:
Chemical Name: Eucalyptol (also commonly called Cineole)
Smell: Herbal, Fresh & mint-like
Uses: Eucalyptol has a wide range of uses- most studied and some supposed. Because of its pleasant aroma and taste, it is often used in flavorings, fragrances, and cosmetics. Who wouldn’t want to smell like a dose of calm? It’s used in food grade productions to create baked goods, confectionery, and, of course, beverages. When used in essential oils, along with a mix of other essential oils, it is supposed to reduce pain and depression in people with arthritis as well as reducing inflammation and pain when applied topically.
Where it’s found in nature: You can easily smell Eucalyptol as you take your stroll through the Eucalyptus tree-filled hikes, but it is also found in everyday places- like your spice cabinet. From bay leaves to basil, rosemary and sage, Eucalyptol is found in every good bowl of homemade spaghetti. It’s also been found in our cup of calming chamomile tea and, yes, even in our alternative calming methods like cannabis.
Product Goods: Like your Lululemon yoga pants can be used for a variety of different occasions, Eucalyptol can be used in a variety of products. Because of its fresh smell and crisp taste, producers use it in bathroom products like soap, shampoo and conditioner, lotion, and toothpaste. It’s used to liven up the Spearmint and Wintergreen gums, candies, and cough lozenges. It’s an additive to create cranberry, ginger and nutmeg flavorings.
How We Use It @AvaWinery: At Ava, we use Eucalyptol to add a touch of subtle coolness and fresh spice to your wines.