Lemon myrtle essential oil (Backhousia citriodora) has an emotionally uplifting scent and is a mild mental stimulant. The aroma can help relieve stuck emotions, especially negative thoughts and pessimism, according to Aromatica: A Clinical Guide to Essential Oil Therapeutics, Vol. 2.
The book notes the essential oil is relaxing and cooling physically, making it useful for relieving tense and hot conditions with spasms, pain, and inflammation. The oil may also help fight colds, flu, and fungus.
Note: Lemon myrtle is NOT the same as myrtle (Myrtus communis). Although lemon myrtle is sometimes called lemon ironbark, real lemon ironbark is a different species—Eucalyptus staigeriana.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves of Backhousia citriodora, which is an evergreen tree native to Queensland, Australia.
Aroma: Clear, strong lemon scent.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle to top.
Main components: The two main components of lemon myrtle are geranial (46.1–60.7%) and neral (32.0–40.9%), according to Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition. You will also see these two components together referred to as citral.
Is lemon myrtle safe to use during pregnancy? No, according to Working With Unusal Oils.
Is lemon myrtle essential oil safe for children? Do not use with children under age 2, according to Essential Oil Safety.
Cautions: Essential Oil Safety recommends diluting this oil no stronger than 0.7% (1 drop in just under 1.5 teaspoon carrier oil) for skin use to avoid skin sensitization. Also, be cautious using the oil on hypersensitive, diseased, or damaged skin.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1:
Lemon myrtle may support the immune system and help relieve flu and
related conditions. Psychologically, the scent is relaxing and
emotionally uplifting. The oil also may help improve concentration and
work as a mental stimulant.
Plant Therapy: Lemon myrtle can help deodorize the air, support the respiratory system, and prevent seasonal illness. The clean, uplifting scent, makes the essential oil a great addition to household cleaners and natural air fresheners.
Working With Unusual Oils: "Lemon myrtle is unexpected optimism and cheer." The oil brings an element of light, even joy and resilience during tough times. Suggested essential oils to blend with lemon myrtle:
Diffuse the essential oil for an uplifting effect or to relieve mental fatigue.
Diffuser Blend for Energy
Start your day with this blend or use it as an afternoon pick-me-up:
Alternately, for an on-the-go energy boost, use this blend to make a personal aromatherapy inhaler.
Source: Plant Therapy
Here are two other inhaler blends:
Source: Eden's Garden
For immune support or to clear up congestion:
Important: This method is not safe for small children.
Alternatively, mix 1 drop essential oil in 2 teaspoons carrier oil. Use the blend as a chest rub to help promote clear breathing and break up congestion.
Here's a cleaning spray for bathroom surfaces, kitchen counters, and glass surfaces. Do NOT use on granite countertops.
Combine ingredients in an 8-ounce spray bottle. Shake well before using. Use within a month.