If you just can’t resist a citrusy fragrances, Lemon Eucalyptus is your new best friend. It has a bright and invigorating aroma that is very similar to Citronella.
Lemon Eucalyptus has most of the same therapeutic qualities as Eucalyptus but with a sweeter fragrance.
Whereas Lemon essential oil is derived from the citrus fruit that grow on trees, Lemon Eucalyptus is extracted from the leaves of Lemon Eucalyptus trees through steam distillation. The tree it grows from has ornamental looking gray, pink and white splotches on its dimpled bark. For ages, the dried leaves were added to linen cupboards to keep bugs away.
Botanical Name: Eucalyptus citriodora
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Leaves
Synonym: Lemon-Scented Gum
Blends Well With: Lime, and other citrus
Aroma: Sweet, camphorous, citrusy, and similar to Citronella
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Adult Max Dilution: 2%
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Lemon Eucalyptus has an exotic and captivating aromatic. Its fresh like its sister eucalyptus oils but with a twist of camphor and lemon citrus due to the component citronellol. Eucalyptus citriodora, is steam distilled from tree of this ornamental whose bark is dimpled with gray pink and white. Historically, its leaves were used in cupboards to keep bugs away. This oil has most of the same therapeutic qualities as the other Eucalyptus tree which are analgesic, antiseptic, antimicrobial, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, breathing and respiratory aid, improves immunity, but its sweeter fragrance makes it a gem in DIY cleaning products to fight against microbes.
- Animals such as dogs metabolize essential oils very differently than humans. If choosing to use Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil around your dog, it’s important to look out for warning signs such as behavioral differences, such as whining, scratching or acting loopy. Stop using essential oils around your dog if you notice these signs, and don’t use essential oils around small dogs, puppies and pregnant dogs. We don’t recommend applying essential oils to your pup or administering oils orally without consulting a holistic veterinarian. You may diffuse small amounts of oil around your dog, but be sure to do so in a well-ventilated room where your dog can leave if desired.
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil, by its Latin name, Eucalyptus citriodora, is made via steam distillation. In steam distillation, plant material is placed in a still, water is added, then heat is applied to the unit. As water heats, plants release their essential oil, the oil rises with steam droplets that are sucked into a pipe and the oil and water are then separated. While it may not be possible to make Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil at home, you can make aromatic hydrosol water that contains many of the same therapeutic benefits as essential oil. Click here for instructions on how to make your own hydrosol.
- Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil contains the component Citronellol. This component as well as others found in the oil is considered to be one among a number of essential oils that can be used as natural plant based insect repellents. It has been shown to be effective not only against black flies but can also repel mosquitoes, midges, ticks, gnats and fleas. According to eHow, “Flies do not like the smell of eucalyptus oil, and thus tend to stay away from it. Lemon eucalyptus, in particular, is thought to repel flies by also confusing them, because it masks the carbon dioxide and lactic acid naturally emitted by humans.”
- Certain essential oils contain natural components known as furanocoumarins. This is more common in citrus essential oils but does occur in other oils as well such as Angelica Root. Furanocoumarins cause essential oils to be phototoxic, meaning the oil can cause burns and skin irritation if sun and UV light exposure occur. Not all citrus-sounding essential oils are phototoxic, however, including Lemon Eucalyptus. Therefore, this oil can safely be worn in the sun so long as it’s properly diluted.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
FOOT SOAK: Combine 10 drops of Lemon Eucalyptus, 10 drops of Tea Tree and 4 drops of Lavender (Spike), and 2 oz of the carrier oil of your choosing. Stir into 2 oz pink Himalayan salt, and use a spoon to scoop out 1 Tbsp to a tub of warm water, dispersing well before soaking feet for 15 minutes. Avoid getting product wet to prevent contamination.
SHAMPOO: Add to 1 tablespoon of your shampoo: 1 drop of Lemon Eucalyptus and 2 drops of Rosemary. Massage well into the scalp, rinsing well before using conditioner.
BUG OFF: Combine 16 drops Patchouli, 10 drops Cedarwood Atlas and 4 drops Lemon Eucalyptus in Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount). Add to 2 oz of witch hazel in a glass spray bottle.