Eucalyptus (Lemon) Essential Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus oil has a fresh, sweet, and slightly lemon-like aroma with floral low notes that last for days. This invigorating and uplifting aroma is perfect for refreshing the air. Lemon Eucalyptus is a great source for natural citronellal, making this oil ideal for topical cleansing purposes.
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Eucalyptus (Lemon) oil has a potent bright citronella-like aroma. The sweet balsamic-floral low notes last for days on the dry blotter. Lemon Eucalyptus is a great source for natural citronellal; in fact, distillations from the Belgian Congo have produced oils with over 80 percent citronellal.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is derived from the leaves and twigs of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree. Also referred to as lemon-scented eucalyptus, its pleasant fragrance is similar to citronella — sweet and lemony. Like many types of essential oil, this light yellow extract has many uses. The oil possesses numerous medicinal qualities and is oftentimes found in many products, but is most commonly used as an effective insect repellent.
Considered one of the most effective plant-based insect repellents, lemon eucalyptus oil offers natural and long-lasting protection from insect bites. The oil of lemon eucalyptus provides protection from biting flies, gnats, and mosquitoes. In fact, it has even been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for protection against mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus. Not only does this oil contain chemicals that effectively repel mosquitoes and other bothersome insects, but it can also eliminate fungus.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is a strong anti-fungal and antiseptic, occasionally used to treat athlete’s foot. The oil is used in personal hygiene products, such as soaps, for its antimicrobial properties. Eucalyptus oil also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities and can be applied to wounds to help prevent infection. When diluted, lemon eucalyptus essential oil helps soothe aching muscles and joints as well.
Eucalyptus oil also stimulates the immune system. The antibacterial effects of eucalyptus oil are great for targeting bacteria in the respiratory tract. In fact, eucalyptus oil is commonly used in products like cough lozenges, ointments, and inhalants for the relief of cold and flu symptoms. For example, some popular chest rubs for congestion actually contain lemon eucalyptus oil. This oil is used for treating bronchitis as well.
In addition to these health benefits, the oil makes a great air freshener. The aroma from the oil of lemon eucalyptus is thought to soothe the nerves and awaken the mind. In addition, lemon eucalyptus oil is occasionally found in various products as a flavoring agent. The substance may be found in baked goods, confectionery, meat products, and beverages.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is considered safe for most adults when applied to the skin as an insect repellent. However, people who are overly sensitive may exhibit a mild skin reaction to the oil. Straight oil should always be diluted before use. Eucalyptus oil can also cause eye irritation. Therefore, it is important not to get any in your eyes when applying these products.
Looking for an natural alternative to DEET? There is an alternative, a plant-based mosquito repellent called oil of lemon eucalyptus, which comes from Corymbia citriodora, the lemon eucalyptus tree. You can't really get away from the chemicals, but oil of lemon eucalyptus contains a chemical called p-menthane 3,8-diol or PMD. This chemical can be obtained from the lemon eucalyptus or synthesized. It is considered effective not only against mosquitoes, but against no-see-ums, an Alaskan and Canadian insect which can leave you with some nasty and unsightly bites. PMD is supposed to be very safe for humans and for the environment, but you might want to observe a few precautions. Read the directions. The major side effect is eye irritation, so you are warned not to spray it on your face.
Small children: It is recommended not using this on children under the age of three. If you are putting this oil on children age 3 or older, you are warned not to put it on their faces, or hands. So you have to work around this somehow.
Adults: For adults, you might want to take a small amount of the Lemon Eucalyptus oil, put it in your hand, and smear it on your face and neck. Just be careful how much you put around your eyes and on your forehead. You sure don't want oil of lemon eucalyptus in your eyes.
For this to work, you have to put it on, preferably right before you go outside. When on a hike, put it on at the trailhead.