Plant Origin: Australia
Method: Steam Distilled
Geraniol and Geranial 36.3%
Lemon Myrtle is one of the cleanest, freshest aromas in nature. It is intense, pleasant and clean with no harsh or grassy notes. This oil is an excellent natural source of citral at about 95% (whereas Lemon essential oil has only 3-10% citral in comparison). The aroma of this oil is exquisitely "lemon."
Lemon Myrtle is an extremely potent anti-bacterial and germicide that is reputed to be a much more effective germ killer than the more familiar Tea Tree essential oil. It has been noted to benefit acne, chest congestion, colds, sinus congestion, flu, oily skin, repels moths and silverfish. Lemon Myrtle is ideal to diffuse in winter months with it's cheerful lemon scent and powerful germicidal action. It is also relaxing, uplifting and soothing for sleep time, even for those who suffer with insomnia.
Topical: Possible skin sensitivity - for some, even a 1% dilution may irritate the skin. One drop Lemon Myrtle to 8 oz lotion is said to be plenty, while others suggest 2 drops per ounce of carrier oil. Add several drops to dish washing liquid or mop water. Three drops in 6 oz water applied to mold is reported to kill mold spores (but will not necessarily remove mold stain). We have used this oil undiluted on hands and face (to test skin sensitivity), and had no irritation at all.
Inhalation: Diffuse or as an air freshener, add several drops to water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray.
Internal: Internal use not recommended unless in food preparations such as:
milk or oil based foods where no heat is applied after the oil has been added
NOTE: Because of it's potency, just a drop or two will usually be enough - a little will go a long way.
1. Since diffusing this oil, we've had no colds or flu and sinus issues vanished. Even food moths, silverfish and other unwanted creepy crawlers have virtually disappeared, not to mention that the house smells wonderful.
2. I use this beautiful oil in a lotion I make. One drop in an 8 oz jar is all it takes - this oil is incredible!
3. I know we are supposed to dilute this oil, but we put just a dab undiluted on a zit (acne) and it disappears fast without any skin irritation at all.
4. We found some information that indicates that Lemon Myrtle is used by physicians (at 10% dilution) to treat Molluscum Contagiosum, which is a contagious disease of the skin marked by the occurrence of rounded soft tumors of the skin caused by the growth of a virus. Because this oil is thought to be highly irritating to the skin, we recommend that you properly dilute Lemon Myrtle if you try it so that the skin is not irritated.
Burke B. E., Baillie J. -E. ? Olson R. D. (2004) "Essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children." Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy 58(4), 245-247. Abstract. Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral illness of childhood and is increasingly found as a sexually transmitted disease in sexually active young adults. Current treatment options are invasive, requiring tissue destruction and attendant discomfort. Thirty-one children (mean age 4.6 +/- 2.1 years) with the diagnosis of molluscum contagiosum (mean length of time with condition 8.6 +/- 5 5.3 months) were treated with once daily topical application of a 10% solution (v/v) of essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) or vehicle (olive oil). At the end of 21 days, there was greater than 90% reduction in the number of lesions in 9/16 children treated with lemon myrtle oil, while 0/16 children met the same criteria for improvement in the vehicle group (P < 0.05). No adverse events were reported.
Molluscum Contagiosum is characterized by the appearance of a few to numerous small, pearly, umbilicated down growths called molluscum bodies or condyloma subcutaneum. Molluscum contagiosum is mainly seen in children. In teenagers and adults it is often transmitted sexually, and as such may be considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is a benign disorder that usually clears up by itself.
The International Journal of Aromatherapy featured a case study of aromatherapy treatment for Molluscum Contagiosum using the following oils:
Essential Oils - see our Molluscum Contagiosum Blend
2.0 ml Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia)
2.0 ml Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora)
0.5 ml Thyme ct thymol (Thymus vulgaris)
0.5 ml Melissa (Melissa officinalis)Carrier Oils
2.0 ml Tamanu (Calophyllum inophyllum)
2.0 ml St. John's Wort infused oil (Hypericum perforatum)
5.0 ml Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa)
The essential oils have anti-viral properties and promote skin healing. They should reduce scarring and strengthen immune deficiencies. The carrier oils are known to assist wound healing and skin regeneration.
The mixture was applied directly to the lesions three times daily using a cotton swab soaked in the blend. It was reported in the article that by the second day, all lesions were reduced in size. By the fifth day were completely resolved, and no skin irritation was observed. The mother had been instructed to add another 5ml of the St John's Wort infused oil to the formula if any skin irritation was observed.
[Harris, R. Case study Molluscum contagiosum. Int. J. Aromatherapy. 2004; 14: 139-40]
Contains Citral, which is a strong sensitizer. Avoid use on broken skin. Avoid oral use during pregnancy or lactation. Suggested dilution for topical use: 4 drops per fluid ounce (0.7%). Use caution with infants and children. Avoid eye contact. In case of accidental contact, put a few drops of any pure vegetable oil in the eye. Water will not adequately dilute the oil. We’ve never known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your doctor if necessary.
Robert Tisserand reported at a Clinical Safety Aromatherapy conference (2013) that there is a possibility that Citral (in Lemon Myrtle) may affect tooth and bone development in the fetus. "Citral impairs reproductive performance in female rats by reducing the number of ovarian follicles (Toaff et al 1979). The effect, however, was seen only after a series of six monthly ip injections at a dose of 300 mg/kg. This is equivalent to injecting ~ 25mL of lemongrass oil into a woman's abdomen. Based on other research, we have restricted citral exposure in pregnancy" (Tisserand, page 149).