Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

£10.95 £21.98 inc VAT

Steam distilled from leaves, Lemon Myrtle has a refreshing and very lemon-like odour. It is balancing and uplifting.



Lemon Myrtle | Latin Name: Backhousia Citriodora | Family: Myrtaceae | Extraction: Distillation | Plant Part: Leaves

Lemon Myrtle is an intensive, refreshing and very, very lemon-like; the odour has been described, without undue exaggeration, as “more lemon than lemon”. Taste is similar, very intensive, pleasant and warm. A pale yellow mobile liquid.

It is a rainforest tree to about 8m, having dark green lemon-scented leaves to 100 mm long. It flowers prolifically with large bunches of small white flowers on the ends of the branches. It is a common garden plant in Brisbane, and about a million have been planted commercially for their lemon oil content


Blends well with Lavender, Eucalyptus Smithii, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, and other citrus oils.

Lemon Myrtle is a TOP note – Essential Oil Notes & Odours



Helpful with colds, flu, chest congestions, irritable digestive disorders, gas in the digestive tract, skin conditions. Applied on the skin, it’s always recommended to dilute it with vegetable oils, as there’s no current clinical data on skin sensitisation, but use it undiluted for cold sores (herpes simplex) or warts. Further aromatherapy benefits are improved concentration, relaxation and better sleep, and as an air purifier. Further research at Charles Sturt University, and as reported on Burkes Backyard (April 2000), found that Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) has very good antibacterial and antifungal activity. In fact, studies suggest that Backhousia oil has better anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties than the better-known Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia).

Essential Oil Properties & Meanings

Herbal & Folk Tradition

It has long been used as a bush food and herbal spice for cooking, in herbal teas, and as a natural flavouring in drinks and medicines

Safety Data & MSDS

Exposure to sunlight must be avoided for one hour after the undiluted application.

Citral, which accounts for over 90% of the plant’s essential oil, compared to about 3% in lemon oil.

Lemon Myrtle MSDS
Using Essential Oils

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