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Lemon Myrtle

Botanical Name: Backhousia citriodora
Country of Origin: Australia


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Backhousia citriodora apart from being a wonderful mood lifter, calming, it’s the most anti-septic, antiviral, anti fungal of the Australian essential oils (more powerful than tea tree). Used for helpful with colds, flu, chest congestion, irritable digestive disorders, chest congestion, bug repellent,  gas in the digestive tract, skin conditions, Our favourite for house cleaning

Lemon Myrtle essential oil, is one of Australia’s newest and most exciting aromas, it is wonderfully uplifting, refreshing.
It will freshen a home or room, it appeals to the family.

Lemon Myrtle essential oil is a wonderful tangy aroma  and can help sharpen the mind during foggy moments.Lemon Myrtle is used in Australian bush cuisine, perfumery and aromatherapy applications. Reminiscent of lemon and of the true Melissa oil, it is an excellent blending oil with long-lasting characteristics. It will freshen a home or room, it appeals to men or women.
Uplifting lemon aroma, a wonderful, yet smooth, rich lemon smell. Pleasant for men, women and children.

Lemon myrtle essential oil can be used safely around the home and will not adversely affect members of the family with allergies and reactions to chemicals.

Lemon Myrtle (backhousia citriodora) is an Australian native tree indigenous to the coastal, sub-tropical rainforests of Queensland. Lemon Myrtle is the world’s richest known natural source of citral (90 – 98%), and has an exquisite flavour and aroma described as a blend of lemongrass, lime and lemon.


Botanical Name Backhousia citriodora
Common Names Lemon Ironwood, Lemon Scented Myrtle, Sweet Verbena.
Origin Australia
Botanical Family Myrtaceae
Farming Method Ethically farmed in sustainable plantations
Extraction Method Timely harvested and steam distilled
Plant Part Leaves
Chemical Family Aldehydes
Main Activities Contains up to 98% citral, containing: geranial, neral, cis citral, (In comparison Lemongrass 30-70% Citrals, Lemon Verbena 40%, Lemon Balm 70%).Citral has been shown to be anti-microbial, particularly anti-fungal, anti-viral, sedative.
Perfume Note Middle – Top
Consistency Thin, watery
Colour Clear pale yellow
Aroma Lemony, sweet, tart, and fresh

General Uses

Uplifting, relaxing, sedative, calming, improves concentration, anti-depressive, soothes hypertension, aids happiness, good for rest, removes bad room smells, calm noisy children.

Aromatherapy / Home Uses:
In an oil burner, air purifier, air freshener, potpourri, massage oil, bath, vacuum cloth bag, floor washing water, dishwashing liquid, excellent food flavouring.

Food Flavouring with Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil
Use Lemon Myrtle essential oil for food or drink flavouring by adding 2 to 4 drops per 1000ml of liquid.
Also mix Lemon Myrtle essential oil in cooking oils e.g. Olive or Macadamia oil, at a rate of 4-6 drops per 1000ml of cooking oil.

Add 2 to 4 drops in an oil burner or vaporiser, 1 drop into a bath. Add to your own skin care products for an uplifting lemon aroma, add at no more than 1%.

Use 5 drops per 100ml of carrier oil.

Blends with
Lemon Myrtle essential oil is simply excellent on its own or blend with woody, spicy, floral oils but not citrus. Use Lemon Myrtle sparingly in blends to avoid overpowering.

Lemon Myrtle is a sleeping giant in our back yards. It is anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, non-acidic, has high levels of vitamin C, relieves cramps, spasms, rheumatism, headaches, fevers and have an anti-cancer effect. Studies have shown that the citral can inhibit the growth of Helicobacter pylori, the pathogen that has been found to be a cause of ulcers and other gastroduodenal diseases. Lemon myrtle also has been found to be beneficial to muscles and connective tissue, for reducing cellulite, and to strengthen the immune system. Wow all that in one tree that grows wild in our back yard.

Common Body System Uses

CIRCULATORY: cramps, spasms, arthritis/rheumatism.

IMMUNE: strengthen immune,

LIMBIC: mental fatigue, calmative.

MUSCULAR: aches, pains, pulled muscles.

NERVOUS: headache,

RESPIRATORY: bronchitis, congestion, sinusitis.

SKIN: acne, athlete’s foot (and other fungal infections), bacterial infections, bad breath, burns, insect repellent, oily skin, lice.

IN THE HOME: cleaning spray, insect repellent, potpourri

Traditional Usage

This may seem difficult to understand but at present there is no evidence of indigenous use of this plant.
This may be because the tree is a little rare in the wild and the tree doesn’t smell a lot unless your tear the leaf, to open up the oil glands.
Possibly also being a coastal rainforest tree, these areas were cleared of forest very early on and traditional use was lost.

Early European Usage

Lemon Myrtle was first discovered by white settlers in 1856 and reported to renowned Australian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller around the Moreton Bay area of south east Queensland.
By 1888 the first Lemon Myrtle essential oil distillation is thought to have occurred.
There were several small distillations Lemon Myrtle essential oil from small wild populations of Lemon Myrtle trees, particularly around the Gympie area through to World War 1.
When raw materials (lemon essences) were in short supply in World War 2, the tree was wild harvested again. Distillation again ceased after World War 2.

Present Day Usage

In the late 1980’s Byron Bay based native food pioneer, rediscovered the tree, he reported to a newly emerging ‘bushfood’ or ‘bushtucker’ industry. The small industry jumped at this remarkable delicious flavoursome herb.

It was eventually planted out in small plantations in the mid 1990’s.

By early 2000, one or two farmers had developed good cultivars of the tree, some simple but effective harvesting and processing equipment was also developed. Lemon Myrtle tea has become a small but popular market.

From the same plantations, comes the wonderful, rich essential oil.

Therapeutic Properties
analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-fungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, anti-migraine, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, cicatrisant, decongestant, deodorant, depurative, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypoglycemiant, insectifuge, mycolytic, rubefacient, vermifuge, vulnerary

Energetics & Chakras

2nd Chakra – relationships, creation, energy,

Located two inches below your navel.

Physical imbalances include sexual and reproductive issues, urinary problems, kidney dysfunctions, hip, pelvic and low back pain.

Emotional imbalances include our commitment to relationships. Our ability to express our emotions. Our ability to have fun, play based on desires, creativity, pleasure, sexuality. Fears of impotence, betrayal, addictions.

When this chakra is balanced, we have an ability to take risks, we are creative, we are committed. We are passionate, sexual and outgoing.

The lesson of this chakra is to honour others.

4th Chakra – unconditional love

Located at the heart.

Physical imbalances include asthma, heart disease, lung disease, issues with breasts, lymphatic systems, upper back and shoulder problems, arm and wrist pain.

Emotional imbalances include issues of the heart; over-loving to the point of suffocation, jealousy, abandonment, anger, bitterness. Fear of loneliness.

When this chakra is balanced we feel joy, gratitude, love and compassion, forgiveness flows freely, trust is gained.

The lesson of this chakra is I Love.

6th Chakra – perspective, clarity, energizing, uplifting

Located in the middle of the eyebrows, in the center of the forehead.

Physical imbalances include headaches, blurred vision, sinus issues, eyestrain, seizures, hearing loss, hormone function.

Emotional imbalances include issues with moodiness, volatility, and self-reflection; An inability to look at one’s own fears, and to learn from others. Day-dream often and live in a world with exaggerated imagination.

When this chakra is balanced we feel clear, focused, and can determine between truth and illusion. We are open to receiving wisdom and insight.

The lesson of this chakra is to see the big picture.


Dilute to a maximum of 20% when using topically. Using more is not often the best, more than the recommended dose can cause adverse reactions.

Do not use with children under age 10, as it can cause slowed respiration due to high 1,8-cineole content.

Avoid using if pregnant or breastfeeding.

Please also refer to detailed safety information  

Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition.


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Additional information

Weight 0.07 kg
Dimensions 2.5 x 2.5 x 7 cm



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