Lemon Eucalyptus - Citriodora

Botanical (and family):

Eucalyptus citriodora. Family Myrtaceae.


Native to Australia, but grown in Brazil, Belgian Congo, Tanzania, Indonesia, Morocco, Israel, Guatemala and U.S.S.R.

Description of plant:

A tall, evergreen tree with grey, green and pink blotched bark, grown also as an ornamental. Green leaves are oval at first, becoming tapered.


Steam distillation of leaves and twigs.


Colorless to pale yellow mobile liquid with a strong and very fresh rosy-citronella-like odor and a sweet, balsamic-floral dry out.


Odor effects:
Calming. The synergistic action of this oil has been shown to be four times that of its components.


Toxic when taken internally.

Main chemical constituents:
Citronellyl butyrate, citronellyl citronellate, citronellyl acetate - 3%
Citronellal- 76%
Methone - 1%
1,8 Cineol - 2%
Alpha pinene - 1%
Citronellol, geraniol, trans-pinocarveol - 12%

Properties and indications:

Is antispasmodic and so has a calming effect. 

Useful in fungal infections, athletes foot, candida and vaginal infections. Is an excellent insect repellent. Antiviral and bactericidal. Lowers blood pressure. Good for colds, fevers and infectious diseases such as chickenpox.

Calming effect may help with asthma and other respiratory problems. Allergies would also respond well, because of the underlying calming effect. 

Goods for cuts, dandruff, herpes, scabs, sores and wounds.

Other uses:

Used as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, and perfumes. Used in room sprays as a repellent.