Lemon Eucalyptus Oil: (Eucalyptus Citriodora)
Lemon eucalyptus is a tree. Oil from the leaves is applied to the skin as a medicine and insect repellent.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is used for preventing mosquito and deer tick bites; for treating muscle spasms, toenail fungus (onychomycosis), and osteoarthritis and other joint pain. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs used to relieve congestion.
lemon eucalyptus essential oil is also used as a bug repellent. You may also see people using it for things like:
- skin conditions, such as wounds and infections
- pain relief
- respiratory conditions, like colds and asthma
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil (sometimes simply called Lemon eucalyptus oil) is made by steam distilling the dried leaves and twigs of the lemon eucalyptus tree (Eucalyptus citriodora or Corymbia citriodora).
Lemon eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of a tree native to India (Eucalyptus citriodora). It is used as a natural insect repellant because it contains para-menthane-3,8-diol (PMD), a compound that makes it harder for mosquitoes and other bugs to pick up on your skin odor.
Most commercially available insect repellents contain a processed lemon eucalyptus oil that intensifies its concentration of PMD and, in turn, increase its power and duration as a repellent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies synthetic PMD as a biochemical pesticide, which is a type of naturally occurring substance that controls pests by non-toxic mechanisms.
Although lemon eucalyptus oil is most commonly used as a mosquito repellent, it’s also said to stave off Lyme disease by preventing deer tick bites.
In addition, lemon eucalyptus oil has long been used to soothe muscle spasms and alleviate osteoarthritis pain. However, there is a lack of scientific support for these uses of lemon eucalyptus oil.
- Scientific Referance - Eucalyptus Citriodora
- Country of Origin - India
- Plant Part Used - Leaves
- Grade - Therapeutic
- Distillation Method - Steam Distillation
- Bland well with - Coriander, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Thyme
- Application - Deodorant, Antiseptic, Soothing Agent, Skin Conditioner, Insect Repellent
- Usage - Therapeutic, perfumery, flavoring, antimicrobial and biopesticide.