How to Use Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Physical benefits of lemon myrtle essential oil

Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) essential oil originates from Australia and belongs to the myrtle botanical family. Lemon myrtle’s aroma and chemical makeup, and supportive functions are similar to that of lemongrass, which includes opening the sinuses, supporting healthy digestive flora, and boosting the immune system.*

Lemon myrtle supports the surface layers of the immune system by creating an unfriendly environment for lingering pathogens and cleansing receptor sites. This oil supports both the healthy bacterial flora in the digestive tract and the lungs to boost the body’s natural defenses.*

Lemon myrtle contains high levels of citronellal, which can be irritating to the skin. This oil is perfect for diffusing and remember to dilute if you are applying topically to the skin. A few drops of this oil per tablespoon of carrier oil is appropriate for use with children over the age of two.*

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Emotional benefits of lemon myrtle essential oil

Lemon myrtle’s cleansing affects helps release the sadness of the past and promote the forward movement to the next stages in life. Applying a few drops of this oil to the soles of the feet in the morning combined with empowering affirmations can help transform life’s challenges.*

Focusing on your breath during meditation can help you release stress and tension to clear your mind and center your spirit. Diffusing lemon myrtle during meditation or deep breathing will cleanse the air and encourage healthy breathing patterns to align your body, mind, and spirit.*

Lemon myrtle essential oil research articles:

A study demonstrates lemon myrtle as a viable treatment option for molluscum in children with no adverse reactions

Essential oil of Australian lemon myrtle (Backhousia citiodora) in the treatment of molluscum contagiosum in children. Burke BE, Baillie JE, Olson RD. Biomed Pharmacother. 2004 May;58(4):245-7. PubMed [citation]PMID: 15183850.


A research study shows that lemon myrtle, Melaleuca Alternifolia, and Melaleuca Quinquenervia significantly reduced the fungus level in tropical wine grapes

Effect of the essential oils from Melaleuca Alternifolia, Melaleuca Quinquenervia, and Backhousia citridora on the synthesis of ochratoxin A by Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus carbonarius isolated from tropical wine grapes. De Andrade Santiago J, Cardoso MDG, Batista LR, Santiago WD, Passamani FRF, Rodrigues LMA, Nelson DL. J Food Sci Technol. 2018 Jan;55(1):418-423. doi: 10.1007/s13197-017-2857-4. Epub 2017 Nov 28. PubMed [citation]PMID: 29358835 PMCID: PMC5756192.


A research study demonstrates that lemon myrtle essential oil and leaf paste contains antimicrobial properties and the hydrosol and commercial teas do not

Bioactivity of Backhousia citriodora: Antibacterial and Antifungal Activity Jenny M. Wilkinson, Michael, Hipwell, Tracey, Ryan, and, and Heather M. A. Cavanagh* Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2003 51 (1), 76-81 DOI: 10.1021/jf0258003