Eucalyptus (Citriodora, Organic) Essential Oil
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- Eucalyptus citriodora
- Certified Organic
About the Oil: Distilled from the lemon-scented Gum Tree by an excellent therapeutic distiller in South Africa, our Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is exceptionally high in citronellal, which makes it an excellent insect repellent and immune support agent.
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ABOUT THE PLANT
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is distilled from the leaves of what is considered a "stately" eucalyptus tree, growing to over 150ft tall. With slightly white/mottled bark, the narrow leaves release a strong lemon aroma.
ABOUT THE OIL
The oil is often noted as a natural insect repellent that can be used in place of citronella. It is noted not just for mosquitoes, but ticks, silverfish and cockroaches.
The oil has traditionally been used in natural perfumery for its lemony scent, and as an insect repellent, particularly for those who prefer its aroma to citronella.
THERAPEUTICS DESCRIBED BY AROMATHERAPY SPECIALISTS
From Salvatore Battaglia’s The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:
- Soothes asthma, laryngitis, and sore throat
- Recommended for skin care
- “full of vitality and laughter”
From Kate & Peter Damian’s Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche 2:
PROPERTIES OF EUCALYPTUS CITRIODORA REPORTED IN PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH
SUMMARY OF RESEARCH STUDIES
- Eucalyptus citriodora (lemon-scented eucalyptus) is recommended as an effective, safe natural pesticide by environmental scientists.3
- Eucalyptus citriodora exhibited a wide spectrum of antifungal activity.4
- The combination of citronellal and citronellol in eucalyptus citriodora was found to have a synergistic antibacterial effect.5
- Eucalyptus citriodora was found to have antibacterial activity against multiple antibiotic-resistant pathogen strains in vitro.6
- Eucalyptus citriodora was shown to have both anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects in a study on rats.7
- An in vitro study found that citronellal and other main contituents of eucalyptus citriodora oil had strong antioxidant properties.8
1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
2 Damian, Peter, and Kate Damian. Aromatherapy: Scent and Psyche. Inner Traditions/Bear & Co, 1995.
3 Batish, Daizy R., et al. “Eucalyptus Essential Oil as a Natural Pesticide.” Forest Ecology and Management, vol. 256, no. 12, 2008, pp. 2166–2174., doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2008.08.008.
4 Ramezani, Hesamedin, et al. “Antifungal Activity of the Volatile Oil of Eucalyptus Citriodora.”Fitoterapia, vol. 73, no. 3, 2002, pp. 261–262., doi:10.1016/s0367-326x(02)00065-5.
5 Low, Deborrah, et al. “Antibacterial Action of the Essential Oils of Some Australian Myrtaceae with Special References to the Activity of Chromatographic Fractions of Oil of Eucalyptus Citriodora.” Planta Medica, vol. 26, no. 06, 1974, pp. 184–189., doi:10.1055/s-0028-1097987.
6 Luqman, S., et al. “Antimicrobial Activity of Eucalyptus Citriodora Essential Oil.” International Journal of Essential Oil Therapeutics, vol. 2, 2008, pp. 69–75.
7 Silva, Jeane, et al. “Analgesic and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Essential Oils of Eucalyptus.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 89, no. 2-3, Dec. 2003, pp. 277–283., doi:10.1016/j.jep.2003.09.007.
8 Singh, Harminder Pal, et al. “Assessment of in Vitro Antioxidant Activity of Essential Oil of Eucalyptus Citriodora (Lemon-Scented Eucalypt; Myrtaceae) and Its Major Constituents.” LWT - Food Science and Technology, vol. 48, no. 2, Oct. 2012, pp. 237–241., doi:10.1016/j.lwt.2012.03.019.
- direct inhalation, diffuser, oil vaporizer, humidifier, steam inhalation
- Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil can be used in a diffuser as a room insect repellant.
- Can used for bronchial conditions in the way that other eucalyptus oils are – it helps fight infection and is antimicrobial. Rather than containing high amounts of eucalyptol, however, this oil has a high concentration of citronellal, which has different therapeutic properties. For best effect for respiratory issues, it should be blended with an oil containing a higher amount of eucalyptol, such as Eucalyptus Radiata or Blue Gum, – blending with these oils may enhance the anti-inflammatory action for reducing joint and muscle soreness.
- massage, compress, bath, liniment, skincare
- Create a diluted spray (see the article link) for use on your body.
- See our blog post on creating your own insect repellent formula.
Lemon eucalyptus has a fresh, lemony camphoraceous aroma.
Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Do not take internally.