Botanical Name: Backhousia citriodora
Plant Part: Leaves.
Processing Method: Steam Distilled.
Product Description: Backhousia citriodora is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, genus Backhousia. With a typical content of up to 93%, Lemon Myrtle’s range of citral is higher than that of Tea Tree Oil. It may be used for diffusion in the sick room. Lemon Myrtle is native to the humid region in eastern Australia, and is a relatively new essential oil to the West, its citral content only being discovered in 1889. Lemon Scented Myrtle is also known by a number of other names, Lemon Scented Backhousia, Lemon Scented Ironwood and Sweet Verbena Myrtle. It is a member of the Myrtaceae family to which the Eucalypts. Tea Tree and many species of the Australian forests also belong. The name “Lemon Myrtle” has been used by growers in New South Wales and Queensland as a marketing and common name for the tree.
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Storage: It is recommended that oils packaged in metal containers (for safe shipping), be transferred into dark glass containers to maintain freshness and attain maximum shelf life.