Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Blends
Bright, soft, airy lemon eucalyptus essential oil is like sunshine in a bottle. One of the few eucalyptuses used in botanical perfumery, and useful for aromatherapy too, so what can we tell you about VINEVIDA lemon eucalyptus essential oil?
Recently removed from the eucalyptus species, and reclassified, the correct botanical labeling of this species is actually Corymbia citriodora Hook, however, the essential oils industry has yet to catch up with that. A beautiful, tall, willowy tree, with silvery pink bark that has coppery pink flakes, lemon eucalyptus leaves are blue-green. The essential oil is sourced from the leaves and twiglets, with the youngest leaves producing more oil than more mature ones. Indigenous to the coastal regions of Queensland, it can grow to as tall as 80m tall and is now commercially cultivated in China, India, Kenya, South Africa and VINEVIDA Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil is sourced from Brazil.
Component Breakdown of Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Citronellal: Mainly interesting for its usefulness as an insect repellant, however has a sweet fragrance and is useful for making inexpensive toiletries with.
Citronellol: main activities of this constituent include antibacterial, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, deodorant, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, stomachic, stimulant, and it has a generally tonic action. Citronellol is thought to also have deodorant, fungicidal, insect repellent, and vermifuge (anti intestinal parasitic) effects.
Isopulegol: Well sought after by the fragrance industry for a kind of woody, minty aroma. Its actions have not been well explored but are thought to potentially be anti-inflammatory and possibly anti-anxiety.
To date, there has been little written about lemon eucalyptus essential oil. Most of the information in this product description is taken from the Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition, Volume 1 – Foundations and Materia Medica by Salvatore Battaglia.
He cites lemon eucalyptus essential oil benefits as Antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, deodorant, expectorant, fungicidal, insecticide.
Historical Uses of Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil
According to Valerie Ann Worwood, lemon eucalyptus essential oil uses have historically been:
- Fungal and bacterial skin infections
- Wounds and Sores
- Respiratory tract conditions including asthma
- Muscular Injuries
- Insect Bites and as an Insect Repellent
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits: For Insects, Pain, and Others
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits for Insect Repellents
It has become a vibrant and well-invested-in crop because approximately 80% of the chemical composition of lemon eucalyptus essential oil is citronellal, a compound that is commercially viable as an insect repellent. Indeed, the Chinese market has a mosquito repellent made from the distillate after lemon essential oil has been produced that has actually overtaken the popularity of the comparable synthetic market leader. However, because the volatiles evaporate so quickly, the natural version does not last as long as the synthetic would.
Potential Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits for Pain
Citronellol is also a GABA receptor agonist, meaning it has a powerful effect on the central nervous system, calming it, and switching it down, but also perhaps giving lemon eucalyptus a hidden action on hypersensitive pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Pain is one of the most expensive conditions in the world. Statistically, 99% of us will experience chronic pain at some point in our lives. Chronic meaning that the pain extends to more than six continuous months. The welfare spends for pain annually, in Western countries, is larger than the budgetary allocation given to diabetes, strokes and cancer collectively.
Chronic Pain is a big problem, especially when many of these conditions have no explanation when, outwardly, bones seem to have knitted and scar tissues healed. Likewise, of course, fibromyalgia suddenly ramps up pain signaling, so even the slightest touch hurts, and of course, is accompanied by many other symptoms like foggy thinking and depression.
In many conditions, the body can develop traits where it responds to emotional triggers and sets up a pain paradigm. This is why fibromyalgia sufferers should avoid stress, but this can often relate to other pain conditions too. Consider how it might affect headaches and migraines, and how muscle and jaw clenching can also increase pain.
Apart from this muscular reaction, neurotransmission can also be skewed. Research shows that some of the receptors in the body that would ordinarily transmit information about temperature or mechanical pressure (if something pinches you or presses down) can be upregulated, exponentially, in neural communication.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil and Pain Signalling
When messages get passed from one nerve to another, there is a gap between them, so rather than electrical charges passing between them, chemicals move across.
For normal transmission about temperature or pressure, there must be sufficient enkephalins (endorphins found in the brainstem and spinal cord) and GABA.
With inadequate amounts, the sensory message gets despatched down a different signaling pathway. Rather than telling the brain “Too hot”, “too cold”, or “too heavy”, it sends messages that go to a different part of the brain, the part that registers danger and pain.
Low levels of GABA often present as someone being agitated, easily irritated, depressed and in agony.
Valerie Ann Worwood has a lovely description of the personality of lemon eucalyptus essential oil that compares so well with the pain paradigm, it could almost be a TV advert for where you want to take the person to; fresh, alive, and loving freedom - constantly expressing new ideas and full of vitality and laughter.
Consider combining lemon eucalyptus essential oils with copaiba (Copaifera officinalis) and Melissa (Melissa officinalis) essential oils for pain. (Both product listings have information to help you understand this better
Other Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Benefits
Historically, according to Battaglia, the gum was used by Aboriginal peoples and the early settlers as an antiseptic, carminative, and digestive agent. Rich in aldehydes that are traditionally considered to be calming and sedative, lemon eucalyptus essential oil is refreshing and dreamy.
Aldehyde-rich oils are also considered very effective for fungal infections and gastroprotective support, attesting to its early use.
This antifungal and insecticidal aspect of lemon eucalyptus essential oil makes it a gentle choice for hair treatments, especially for children and teenagers. Combine with tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), Nerolina (Melaleuca quinquinervia) essential oils, or Neem (Azadirachta indica) for shampoos and conditioners for head lice, and for Malassezia, seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff, perhaps try combining with geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) or patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) essential oils.
Jennifer Peace Rhind describes citronellol, also found in large amounts in this oil, as analgesic and anti-inflammatory. She relates that citronellol has vasodilatory action and thus lemon eucalyptus may have hypertension potential, which of course would also ring true with its high aldehyde constitution.
Consider pairing with clary sage (Salvia sclarea) or ylang ylang (Canaga odorata) essential oils, both of which have confirmed actions on blood pressure.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Uses: For Wholesale Purposes
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential oil Uses for Aromatherapy
Jennifer Rhind Peace cites this oil for aerial disinfection, pain, inflammation, stress and anxiety.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential oil Benefits for Soapmaking
A rich, sweet and rosy fragranced oil, which can be used to create inexpensive soaps, perfumes and disinfectants.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil for Natural Perfumery
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is one of the few eucalyptuses to be used by the perfumery industry because it has an uncharacteristic fragrance. Its high levels of citronellal give it a sweet, fresh rosy fragrance, which lends itself not only to perfumes but also to beautiful room scents too.
Interestingly, it has been demonstrated that citronellol is one of the most effective essential constituents for the control of house dust mites and is more effective than deet. Consider the marketability of a mattress fragrancing spray with the fragrance of rose and all those power busting abilities! Sadly, no one has yet discovered an essential oil effective in tackling the problem of dust itself. If they do, you’ll be the first to know!
Its powerful antibacterial action, coupled with thots abilities to repel insects makes it a fascinating ingredient for diffusers and candles to be used outdoors too.
For inspiration for your own creations, check out New Jersey company Aromaflage who have developed an entire range of perfume hybrid creations.
Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil Blends: DIY Recipes
Insect Repellent Diffuser Blend
Vetiver pairs beautifully aromatically, and also has tremendous insect repellent properties, but can be very heavy for diffusers, so this blend is best made beforehand and decanted so the vetiver gets thinned down a little.
- 10 drops Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus citriodora)
- 10 drops Lemongrass essential oil (Cymbopogon martinii)
- 1 drop Vetiver essential oil (Vetiveria zizanioides)
Safety: Not designed for topical use.
Soothing Massage Oil
- 20ml Grapeseed carrier oil (Vitis vinifera)
- 1 drop Copaiba essential oil (Copaifera officinalis)
- 1 drop Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus citriodora)
- 1 drop Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Safety: Not suitable for use in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.
Not suitable for use in the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.
Why Choose VINEVIDA?
At VINEVIDA, we love botanicals and the planet they come from. We believe in stocking the best at affordable prices and supplying to the discerning, which is why we are also members of both the Alliance of International Aromatherapists and the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy. In recognition of our excellent standard of product, we are proud to hold a 2021 Certificate of Registration as a Cosmetic Products Establishment with the U.S. Drugs and Food Administration.
Our joy at seeing people make beautiful things means we stock from the smallest amounts to the largest. Our wholesale essential oil prices begin with our smallest carrier oil of 120ml to our largest of 396lb, meaning any manufacturing company can afford to stock as many or as few oils their business can accommodate without running the risk of spoilage of some of nature’s most precious commodities. Why not see if you can save money by buying your lemon eucalyptus oil in bulk?
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