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Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Lemon Myrtle Oil

Botanical Name

Backhousia citriodora

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves

Color

Pale Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Extremely lemony and crisp. More “lemony” than true Lemon (Citrus limonum) oil.

Lemon Myrtle Oil Uses

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is not formally documented in readily available publications.

Major Constituents

Geranial
Neral
Isogeranial
Isoneral
6-Methyl-5-hepten-2-one
Linalool

[I.A. Southwell, M. Russell, R.L. Smith, et. al. Backhousia citriodora F. Muell. (Myrtaceae), a Superior Source of Citral. (Journal of Essential Oil Research 12, 2000), 735-741. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 360.]

Safety Information

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.]

Shelf Life

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