Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (Backhousia citriodora)
Lemon Myrtle may also be referred to as lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle, lemon scented ironwood. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the leaves.
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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 surpassesLemon Essential Oilin lemony intensity.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle, lemon scented ironwood
- Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
- Botanical Genus: Backhousia
- Major Compounds: Geranial, Neral, Isogeranial, Isoneral, 6-Methyl-5-hepten-2-one, Linalool
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Consistency: Thin
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
- Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
- Indigenous Country: Top
- Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
- Part Typically Used: Leaves
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Bad Breath Bronchia Bronchitis Influenza
Therapeutic Benefits of Lemon Myrtle:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Lemon Myrtle:
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.]
Safety Precautions for Lemon Myrtle:
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 and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Lemon Myrtle Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Antimicrobial activity of essential oils and five terpenoid compounds against Campylobacter jejuni in pure and mixed culture experiments.
- PubMed: Effect of packaging materials and storage on major volatile compounds in three Australian native herbs.
- PubMed: Composition of native Australian herbs polyphenolic-rich fractions and in vitro inhibitory activities against key enzymes relevant to metabolic syndrome.
- PubMed: Cytoprotective and pro-apoptotic activities of native Australian herbs polyphenolic-rich extracts.
- PubMed: Molecular cloning and characterization of a linalool synthase from lemon myrtle.
- PubMed: Crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of geraniol dehydrogenase from Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle).
- PubMed: Evaluation of commercial essential oil samples on the growth of postharvest pathogen Monilinia fructicola (G. Winter) Honey.
- PubMed: Interventions for cutaneous molluscum contagiosum.
- PubMed: Authenticity control of essential oils containing citronellal and citral by chiral and stable-isotope gas-chromatographic analysis.
- PubMed: Effect of essential oil concentration on the pH of nutrient and Iso-sensitest broth.
- PubMed: Essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children.
- PubMed: Toxicity of Australian essential oil Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle). Part 2. Absorption and histopathology following application to human skin.
- PubMed: Bioactivity of Backhousia citriodora: antibacterial and antifungal activity.
- PubMed: Toxicity of Australian essential oil Backhousia citriodora (Lemon myrtle). Part 1. Antimicrobial activity and in vitro cytotoxicity.