lemon eucalyptus essential oil uses

What in the world is lemon eucalyptus?

We’ve all heard of lemon and eucalyptus essential oils, but lemon eucalyptus? Is there such thing as lemon eucalyptus essential oil? Yes! Though not as popular as the two mentioned prior, this amazing essential oil is packed with uses and benefits you will not dare miss. Read on to know more about it!


History

Lemon eucalyptus (Eucalyptus citriodora) is a native of Queensland, Australia. The namecitriodora means “lemon-scented” in Latin. Over the years, it has been exported all over the world. The tree usually gets cut back to encourage new growth and is used to build ships, bridges, flooring, shovel handles, and so on. Its wood is strong, yet flexible. Lemon eucalyptus is also known as lemon-scented gum or spotted gum.


Plant description

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil comes from an evergreen tree that can grow up to 100 ft. Its trunk is smooth and blotchy, but also white or pink. Sometimes, it can be copper-colored as well! It has slim leaves with fluffy white flowers and reddish-black glossy seeds. The leaves and the twigs are used to make the essential oil by steam distillation. It is pale yellow in color and has a smooth consistency.


Lemon Eucalyptus can be used in many ways. It's said to be a good insect repellant! click to tweet

 

Aroma

The essential oil has a sweet and lemony, with a hint of woodsy aroma. It’s wonderful to blend with black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus radiata, geranium, juniper berry, lavender, marjoram, peppermint, pine, ravensara, tangerine, tea tree, and vetiver essential oils.

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Uses


Let’s see how you can use the lemon eucalyptus essential oil:

  • Insect repellant*

    This essential oil contains high levels of citronellal, a chemical that repels certain types of flying insects and ticks. It is the best alternative to DEET and proven to be effective too. It can also be used to heal insect bites especially those from mosquitoes. Not only is it a preventive measure, it is also a treatment!

  • Soothe muscular injuries

    It is commonly used to relieve joint problems as well as muscle aches caused by workout strains. When applied topically, rapid relief can be felt. Some also give lemon eucalyptus essential oil high praises for relieving osteoarthritis, a degenerative bone disease also known as “wear and tear arthritis”.

  • Cure respiratory tract conditions**

    Lemon eucalyptus essential oil does not have expectorant properties but is strongly antimicrobial. It can help soothe the respiratory tract and prevents coughing.  It is said to be strong againstStaphylococcus aureus. Some of its antioxidant compounds can also help remove the infection and heal faster.

  • Pain Reliever**

    If you’re looking for a freshly scented analgesic, lemon eucalyptus is the right one for you. It can be used for chronic pain, injuries, and headaches. It can be inhaled or applied topically for faster results.

  • Digestive Issues**

    Since lemon eucalyptus essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it is ideal to be used to soothe indigestion and an upset stomach. Those who suffer from chronic constipation, nausea and bloating can greatly benefit from inhaling this oil daily.

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*Pure lemon eucalyptus essential oil is not registered as an insect repellant at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


References:

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood

Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice by Jennifer Peace Rhind

Mercola 

WebMD

Sam Cabrera
Sam Cabrera