The science behind the healing properties of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil
April 20, 20234 min read
Lemon Myrtle has, for tens of thousands of years, been used by Indigenous Australians for many things. Since European settlement, the native tree's popularity across the wider community has ebbed and flowed since its potential uses were identified in the 1800's.
Backhousia citriodora was named after James Backhouse, an English botanist who travelled to Australia in the 1830’s and it was in 1853, botanist Ferdinand von Mueller named the genus after his friend.
However, since the 1990's this tree and its produce has been again gaining acceptance across the wider community. This popularity has been driven by a concerted effort of a few growers who started commercial plantations in the 1990s with a view to increasing the native food industry for both domestic and international markets.
Around the time of the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Lemon Myrtle's rediscovery was boosted due to the many international VIPs visiting the country and the need to be able to present "native Australian" cuisine inspired by the fusing of this distinctive fragrance and taste with an array of other dishes.
To this day, it’s no secret that lemon myrtle is a versatile native plant that can be used in many different ways ~ skin care, home care, pet care, cooking, cleaning and the list just goes on!
Additionally, research into the benefits of lemon myrtle, has identified its superior antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties - it is more highly rated than the previously well considered tea tree, though with a more gentle fragrance.
These are just some of the research studies that prove that lemon myrtle essential oil has many beneficial effects and uses:
A 2017 study published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil exhibited significant antimicrobial effects against a range of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. The study suggests that the oil has potential as a natural alternative to synthetic disinfectants.
In a 2019 study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology, researchers found that Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil exhibited significant antioxidant activity, which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. The study concluded that the oil has potential as a natural preservative in food products.
A 2020 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that inhalation of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil improved immune function in healthy human subjects. The study suggests that the oil has potential as a natural immune booster.
The science behind its beneficial properties
Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil contains high levels of citral, a compound that has significant antimicrobial effects on bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This makes it an effective natural alternative to synthetic disinfectants.
Additionally, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil contains high levels of terpenes, compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties. These terpenes can help reduce inflammation in the body, which can lead to pain relief and improved overall health.
Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil also contains antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause cellular damage, leading to premature ageing, chronic inflammation, and diseases such as cancer.
Research studies have shown that Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil has many health benefits. It has been found to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and support immune function.
Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil has been shown to have a positive effect on the respiratory system. It can help alleviate symptoms of colds, coughs, and congestion, and is useful in preventing respiratory infections.
Topically, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil can help soothe irritated skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Its antimicrobial properties also make it useful in treating skin infections.
Mentally and emotionally, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil can help uplift mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Its refreshing scent can help create a calming environment and promote relaxation.
All the ways you can use Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil
The uses of Lemon Myrtle essential oil are extensive! You can use it pretty much on everything.
Deodoriser and sanitiser – in oil burners and household sprays
Skin protection and strengthening when mixed with other oils like macadamia oil
Chemical free safe and effective household cleaning
Washing linen, pillows and doonas to reduce bacteria and get rid of mites
Best of all the natural lemon myrtle essential oil can be used safely around the home and will not adversely affect members of the family with allergies and reactions to chemicals. Keeping the home chemical free and clean at the same time can be achieved with Lemon Myrtle reducing allergic reactions.
At Lemon Myrtle Fragrances, we supply high-quality lemon myrtle products grown and prepared in Australia. Browse our online lemon myrtle shop and find all the ingredients you need to ensure your trip away is just perfect!