Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora)


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Backhousia is a genus of 7 species of small to medium sized trees, Lemon Myrtle grows naturally and natively in the rainforest of northern tropical Australia. The leaves are desired, as they are shiny and strongly aromatic (lemon-scented of course), accompanied by white flowers, both exhibiting a refreshing, relaxing and uplifting aroma.

This tree is currently grown in plantations in northern NSW and Queensland. Grown in rows, with a height kept to about 4 metres. Once machine harvested, they are immediately steam distilled for quality oil production.

There is no history of use with the indigenous people prior to white settlement. Settlers around the mid 19th Century had discovered Lemon Myrtle, towards the end of the Century, essential oil was thought to have been distilled.¬† Several small wild population distilleries were set up. This continued through to World War 2, as there was a short supply of lemon essences after, it ceased. Revived again during the 1980’s, the leaf was rediscovered as a flavoursome herb and has been used as a spice or condiment for the “bush tucker” market. Rather like a lemon bay leaf for the indigenous people of Australia. Plantations were setup by the mid 1990’s.

Used in the art of fine perfumery, in flavour formulation and manufacture. A wide range of body care products and cosmetic formulations, and aromatherapy products. May be beneficial to clear the mind and assist concentration. This oil is used similarly to other lemon-scented oils.

Ingredients: Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil

Botanical name: Backhousia citriodora

Common name: Lemon Myrtle

Plant part: Leaves

Extraction method: Steam distilled

Common uses: Lemon Myrtle has traditionally been used for relieving chest congestion, whether in a diffuser or in a massage blend. The oil has also been known to uplift emotions as well as improving concentration.

Note: Top

Strength of aroma: Strong

Aromatic scent: Ultra fresh and crisp potent lemon scent. More “lemony” than true Lemon oil.

Caution: No known toxicity. Use diluted. Avoid during pregnancy.

Blends Well With

Ambrette Absolute (Musk) (Abelmoschus moschatus)
Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)
Balsam of Peru (Myroxylon balsamum)
Benzoin – Onycha (Styrax Benzoin)
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
Buddha Wood (Eremophila mitchellii)
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
Cedarwood Himalayan (Cedrus deodara)
Chamomile – Roman (Anthemis nobilis)
Cinnamon – Leaf (Cinnamomum ceylanicum)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
Clove Bud (Syzygium aromaticum)
Clove Leaf (Eugenia carophyllata)
Coffee Bean Oil (Coffea arabica)
Eucalyptus – Peppermint (Eucalyptus dives)
Eucalyptus – Australiana (Eucalyptus radiata)
Fennel Sweet (Foeniculum vulgare dulce)
Fir Needle – Siberian (Abies sibirica)
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
Jasmine Absolute (Jasminium sambac)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Magnolia Absolute (Magnolia grandifloria)
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium)
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Neroli (Citrus aurantium )
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Orange – Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)
Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Peppermint (Mentha X piperita)
Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Plai (Zingiber cassumunar)
Rose Geranium (Pelargonium roseum)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosewood – Indian (Dalbergia Sissoo)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sandalwood – Australian (Santalum spicatum)
Sandalwood – Indian (Santalum album)
Spearmint (Mentha spicata linne)
Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Vanilla Absolute (Vanilla planifolia)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Aromatic Families

Lemon-like, Sweet


Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil smells fresh, sweet and has an intense lemony aroma.

Aromatic Note



Not Known.

Additional information

Bottle Size

5mL, 10mL, 50mL, 100mL

Important Notes: Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs and essential oils are provided on this site for historical and educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. If you have any serious health concerns, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs or essential oils.

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