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Lemon tea tree essential oil (Leptospermum petersonii) comes from the same plant family as the more commonly used tea tree essential oil (Melaleuca alternifolia). Because the lemon-scented oil has a less medicinal aroma than Melaleuca, some people prefer lemon tea tree for aromatic use.
Plant family: Myrtaceae
Production: Steam distilled from the leaves of the plant, which is a shrub to small tree cultivated on the east coast of Australia.
Aroma: Intensely lemon and citrus-like.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top
Is lemon tea tree safe to use during pregnancy? Consult a professional.
Is lemon tea tree essential oil safe for children? Do not use with children under age 2.
Cautions: This essential oil may irritate sensitive skin or cause skin sensitization. Do not use the oil on hypersensitive, diseased, or damaged skin.
Source: Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition
Aromaweb: Emotionally, lemon tea tree uplifts and stimulates. In low concentration, the oil can both help calm fragile nerves and relieve anxiety. Other uses include stress reduction, household cleaning, odor reduction, and insect repellent.
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Third Edition, Vol. 1: Diffuse lemon tea tree to purify the air, clear spaces, or aid concentration. Suggested oils to blend with lemon-scented tea tree:
From Ron Guba. "Lemon Tea Tree." Essential News, Vol. 2, 2000:
Use this spray within one week blending.
Repel Garden Pests
Add ingredients to a glass spray bottle. Shake vigorously and spray onto garden plants. Shelf life of blend is one week.
Source: Eden's Garden
From Aromatherapy Thymes, "A Look at Tea Tree Lemon" (Spring 2016, p. 37):
Lemon tea tree has calming and balancing effects on the psyche and nervous system. Suggested essential oils to blend with lemon tea tree:
Clean Air Blend
Mix essential oils and water in a spray bottle. (Add solubilizer, if desired, to help disperse oils in the water.) Shake vigorously and mist rooms.
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