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.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Citrus Fresh Sweet

  • 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
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Bad Breath Bronchia Bronchitis Influenza

Therapeutic Benefits of Lemon Myrtle:

Anti-bacterial Anti-fungal Carminative Sedative

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.


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