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Lemon Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora

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Breathe in the unique tangy aroma of lemon myrtle, the most powerful of the Australian essential oils. A great germ killer, it will also lift your mood and calm your spirit, even as it makes you more alert to the things that matter.

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You love the scent of lemon? Lemon myrtle’s aroma is actually even more lemony than lemon itself because its citral content is nine times that of lemon! Harness the oil’s antiseptic, antiviral, and antifungal properties to strengthen your immune system for cold and flu season by diffusing it throughout your home or office. Relieve irritable digestive disorders and gas in the digestive tract with lemon myrtle, or add it for lemon flavoring as you cook, just as it’s used in Australian bush cuisine.

ESSENTIAL FACTS

Plant Parts: Needles and Twigs
Botanical Family: Myrtaceae
Chemical Family: Aldehydes (90-98% citral)
Country of Origin: Australia
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
Cultivation Method: Wild Crafted
Aroma: Tangy, dramatic crispy lemon scent, more “lemony” than true lemon, with mild spicy undertones.
Note Classification: Top

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HOW TO USE

Acne: Lemon myrtle can be an excellent treatment for acne, and should be applied sparingly. For example, put a drop lemon myrtle on the end of a cotton swab, then use that to dab on to breakouts avoiding the surrounding skin. While noted as non-toxic, the citral level indicates there may be potential for skin sensitization or photosensitivity. Meaning, don’t apply in large amounts to your skin.

Cleaning: Add lemon myrtle to your homemade cleaning products.

Cold Blisters: Lemon myrtle can be an excellent treatment for cold blisters, and should be applied sparingly. For example, put a drop on the end of a cotton swab, then use that to dab on to blister avoiding the surrounding skin. While noted as non-toxic, the citral level indicates there may be potential for skin sensitization or photosensitivity. Again, don’t apply in large amounts to your skin.

Cooking: Lemon myrtle is also used as a lemon-flavor agent. It can safely be added to any dish where a touch of lemon flavor is desired. It has long been used as a bushfood and herbal spice for cooking, in herbal teas, and as a natural flavoring in drinks. Like cooking with any essential oil, use less than you think is necessary!

Diffuser: Awesome to use in diffuser! Lemon myrtle can be potent enough alone to support the immune system through the cold and flu season. I highly recommend it to be used this way!!! You are killing all those nasty germs floating around in the air and at the same time the aroma has a bright, lemony, and uplifting effect on the mind and emotions.

Massage Oil: Blend 4 drops lemon myrtle, 5 drops of lavender, 3 drops patchouli to one ounce of carrier oil. Being a particularly powerful oil, it should never be used at concentrations above 1 %. Massage into belly to ease digestive upset or massage into sore muscles. Massage into neck and chest area to ease cold and flu symptoms. Can also be used as an insect repellent.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

 

PROPERTIES

Emotional and Energetic Properties:

  • Mood uplifting, improves mental clarity and alertness
  • Refreshing
  • Euphoric

Therapeutic Properties:

  • Analgesic – An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
  • Antimicrobial – An agent that resists or destroy pathogens.
  • Antispasmodic —Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
  • Antibacterial – An agent that is capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of bacteria.
  • Antifungal — An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth of fungi.
  • Antitumoral – Preventing the initiation, promotion and progression of cancer cells.
  • Antiviral – An agent that can destroy or inhibit the growth and reproduction of viruses.
  • CNS Sedative – Calming to the central nervous system.

RECIPES

SAFETY

Use at low concentrations – skin irritant at high concentrations. Applied on the skin, it’s always recommended to dilute it with carrier oils, as there’s no current clinical data on skin sensitization, but use it undiluted – with caution – on cold sores (herpes simplex), acne, or warts. People with dry or sensitive skin may require additional carrier oil when using lemon myrtle essential oil topically.

Avoid use during pregnancy. Not recommended for use in baths.

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician or clinical certified aromatherapist. For external use only. Keep away from mucous membranes & eyes. Test a small amount on skin for allergic reaction. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and small children under the age of five years old.

Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil.

 

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