Lemon Myrtle

Myrtle, Lemon

Botanical Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle: shrubs and trees)

Extraction Method/Origin: Steam distilled from leaves—Australia

Chemical Constituents: Aldehydes (>90%): geranial (57%), neral (37%), citronellal; Alcohols (<4%): cis- & trans-verbenol (<3%), linalol, nerol. Other trace elements include linalyl acetate, myrcene, methylheptenone, and geranic acid.

Properties: Antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, calming, corrective, and sedative.

Common Primary Uses: TAAntibacterial,TAantifungal, Tcandida, TIstaph/MRSA.

Historical Uses: The leaves from the lemon myrtle trees have been dried and used as food flavoring for poultry and seafood as well as for air fresheners in wardrobes, shoe cabinets, and vehicles. Lemon myrtle is said to smell more “lemony than lemon.” Research is showing that lemon myrtle oil has very good antibacterial activity and excellent antifungal activity, maybe even more so than Melaleuca alternifolia. Other tests have shown lemon myrtle to possess strong germicidal powers, twice that of Eucalyptus citriodora and even 19.5 times that of citral alone.

Other Possible Uses: This oil may help with viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. It has also been reported to help with sprained or torn ligaments and tendons. Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial actions, it would work well as an additive to any natural cleaning product. And what a better way to clean than with the strong lemon scent from the oil.

Body System(s) Affected: Immune and Respiratory Systems, Muscles and Bones.

Aromatic Influence: It is elevating and refreshing.

Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse.

Odor: Type: Top Note (5–20% of the blend); Scent: Extremely lemony and crisp, more “lemony” than true lemon oil; Intensity: 5.

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