Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Parts Used: Leaves
Country of Origin: India
The essential oil derived from the leaves of this species is known in aromatherapy as both lemon eucalyptus as well as by its botanical name of Eucalyptus citriodora. Although this essential oil is not as popular in aromatherapy as the ubiquitous Eucalyptus globulus, it is fast growing in reputation due to its powerful bactericidal properties.
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is powerful fungicidal and bactericidal, and a valuable asset when treating athletes foot. It is also effective against a wide range of respiratory conditions such as asthma, sinusitis, phlegm, coughs and colds, as well easing sore throats and laryngitis. Vaporized, lemon eucalyptus oil has a reviving and refreshing action that uplifts, yet is also calming to the mind.
Eucalyptus lemon oil is a powerful fungicidal and bactericidal that has been scientifically evaluated many times against a wide range of organisms. In 2007, the antibacterial activity of Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil was tested against a battery of clinically important bacterial strains at the Phytochemical Pharmacological and Microbiological Laboratory in India, and was found to be highly active against Alcaligenes fecalis and Proteus mirabilis, and active against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhimurium, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas testosterone, Bacillus cereus, Citrobacter freundii. Its efficacy was found to be comparable to the antibiotics Piperacillin and Amikacin.
Lemon-scented eucalyptus oil is a top note and blends well with basil, cedarwood virginian, clary sage, coriander, juniper berry, lavender, marjoram, melissa, peppermint, pine, rosemary, thyme and vetiver. In natural perfumery it can be used successfully to add a fresh, slightly citrusy-floral top note to blends, but use it sparingly as it is very diffusive and easily dominates a blend.
This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.)