I know I mentioned this oil in a previous post about the Other Eucalyptuses but as it’s bug season, I thought it deserved it’s own post.
Lemon Eucalyptus is not a blend of lemon and eucalyptus oils as some people think. Rather, it’s an actual plant whose oil has a light, lemony smell along with the traditional eucalyptus smell. It’s latin name is Eucalyptus citriodora.
The most common source of lemon eucalyptus is Australia and South Africa.
The biggest thing Lemon eucalyptus is known for is its insect repellent properties. It’s the only essential oil that I’m aware of that’s been recognized by the EPA for that purpose. The EPA doesn’t hand out recognition like that for essential oils all that easily, so that’s saying something.
It’s also a good all-around germ killer and has some noteable antifungal properties as well.
In small quantities, it can actually be sedating, which is unusual for a eucalyptus oil. But this one isn’t your average eucalyptus, obviously.
Try blending with any of these:
Although it has much lower levels of skin irritating constituents than other eucalyptus oils, it should still be diluted before applying it to the body.
Australian Aborigines have used the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus plant for their germ killing and healing ability for hundreds of years.
In the mid-1800s, in order to halt the spread of malaria, groves of lemon eucalyptus were planted in the swampiest, most unhealthy part of Algiers, North Africa. The trees required so much water that they lowered the water table, which eliminated the swamplike environment, which in turn eliminated the malaria-carrying mosquito breeding grounds. The scent given off by the leaves also acted as an insect repellent.