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Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Photo Credit: Backhousia citriodora kz02.jpg by Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz. Cropped image. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is an absolute aromatic delight to lemon lovers. Containing upwards of 96% of the aldehyde citral (geranial and neral), it possesses a clear, strong lemon aroma that far surpasses Lemon Essential Oil in lemony intensity.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is a strongly potent anti-bacterial essential oil. It is wonderful to include in inhaler and diffusion blends. It can be helpful for use with acne and oily skin, but it must be used very carefully and at very low dilutions. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7% (see the Essential Oil Safety section below for more information).

Aromatically, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil blends well with essential oils in the citrus, wood, floral, camphorous, and mint families.

Emotionally, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is a wonderfully uplifting oil. When used in low dilutions, it can simultaneously help to calm fragile nerves and help with anxiety.

Botanical Name

Backhousia citriodora

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves

Color

Clear to Pale Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Fresh, sweet, intense lemon aroma.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Uses and Properties

Influenza, bronchitis, herpes simplex, antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, carminative. [Salvatore Battaglia, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy (Australia: The Perfect Potion, 2003), 292.]

Major Constituents

Geranial
Neral
Isogeranial
Isoneral
6-Methyl-5-hepten-2-one
Linalool

[I.A. Southwell, M. Russell, R.L. Smith, et. al. Backhousia citriodora F. Muell. (Myrtaceae), a Superior Source of Citral. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 12, 2000), 735-741. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 360.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young caution that a drug interaction may occur if using drugs metabolized by CYP2B6 and that there is a risk of teratogenicity. They precaution against topical use in children and infants under age 2 and for those with hypersensitive/diseased/damaged skin. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.7%. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 360-361.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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