Eucalyptus Citriodora - EO
Eucalyptus Citriodora essential oil has a bright lemon aroma and is useful as an insect repellent. It is also uplifting and invigorating.
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How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.
|Latin Name||Eucalyptus citriodora |
|Synonyms||Lemon-scented gum, citronscented gum, scented gum tree, spotted gum, ‘boabo’ |
|Plant family||Myrtaceae |
|Extraction||Steam distillation from the leaves and twigs.|
|Origin||Native to Australia, cultivated mainly in Brazil & China.|
|Plant characteristics||A tall evergreen tree with a smooth dimpled bark, blotched in grey, cream and pink. The trunk grows fast , straight and to considerable height, and is used for timber. The young leaves are oval, the mature leaves narrow and tapering. |
|Oil characteristics||A colourless or pale yellow mobile liquid with a strong, fresh, citrus-like odour and sweet balsamic undertone.|
|Traditional use||Used traditionally for perfuming the linen cupboard by enclosing the dried leaves in a small cloth sachet. During the last century it was regarded as a good insect repellent, especially for cockroaches and silverfish. |
|Blends well with||Lavender, geranium, patchouli, cedarwood and citrus essential oils. |
|Cautions and comments||Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization in some individuals. Eucalyptus is toxic when taken internally. |
|Main chemical constituents||Citronellal (80-90%), citronellol, geraniol & pinene, among others|