Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) in flower

Our Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil History

Our Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil History

The creator of Essentially Australia, Greg Trevena, first read about Lemon Myrtle in text books on ‘bush tucker’ in 1991, at the same time, other books noted Lemon Myrtle essential oil as having a high citral content. Later in early 1993, he obtained his first dried leaves of Lemon Myrtle. The leaves clearly had that striking, distinctly fresh, lemony aroma, an interest had started in a unique Australian rainforest plant.

By 1995 Greg joined the now defunct ARBIA (Australian Rainforest Bushfood Association), based near Byron Bay. For its short existence, ARBIA produced several valuable newsletters containing information on new and potential Australian native rainforest plant crops. The first ARBIA newsletter, had as its first featured plant of that first newsletter, Lemon Myrtle. The article reviewed the potential of Lemon Myrtle essential oil and Lemon Myrtle leaf as a herb flavouring.

In 1998, Greg planted his first Lemon Myrtle trees, on his small multi-culture native rainforest plantation. That plantation is now mature and producing a small variety of unique, native, rainforest products.

Late in 1998, Greg established ‘Rainforest Foods’, this business produced small jars of Lemon Myrtle herb for sale in gourmet food outlets. A little later this company produced Lemon Myrtle Honey, by infusing Lemon Myrtle essential oil into rainforest honey, a delicious product!

Our First Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Business

Consumers repeatedly asked Greg, if he could do more with ‘that lovely lemon aroma’. ‘Why not put that Lemon Myrtle essential oil into soap’ was an often requested product. So he commenced producing his first Lemon Myrtle soap in 1999, simply containing the single Lemon Myrtle essential oil as the only aroma ingredient.

It was quite amazing how far one product could go, by 2009, his business was producing 200,000 Lemon Myrtle soap per annum, plus there were sales of pure Lemon Myrtle essential oil, Lemon Myrtle air freshener and other Lemon Myrtle products. This business was called Refreshed Lemon Myrtle.

Mike Dean, whose family is credited with establishing Tea Tree oil around the world, joined Greg’s company in 2008. Mike was able to establish distribution of Greg’s products in the USA and UK during 2008. By late 2009, Greg sadly but correctly felt the company had peaked and decided to sell his majority stake in the Lemon Myrtle business.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Now

Having created Essentially Australia in 2012, it was only natural to re-establish his Lemon Myrtle essential oil product again. His Lemon Myrtle essential oil, after all this experience, is easily the best Lemon Myrtle essential oil on the market. ‘We know where the best supplies of Lemon Myrtle essential oil come from’ and ‘we have developed optimal methods to store and bottle Lemon Myrtle essential oil’. With the right care Lemon Myrtle essential oil, can have a long and vibrant shelf life.

In addition, we know how to advise people on how to use Lemon Myrtle essential oil and what really makes Lemon Myrtle essential oil special.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Uses

Lemon Myrtle essential oil is great in an oil burner or diffuser, it is uplifting, refreshing, great for people who feel a bit down.  Lemon Myrtle essential oil is able to rid rooms of mouldy or bad smells.

Lemon Myrtle essential oil is great to use as an aroma in personal care products, keep Lemon Myrtle essential oil concentrations below 1% in body care formulations (like body lotions etc), otherwise irritation of the skin may occur.

Lemon Myrtle essential oil was demonstrated by several studies by Charles Sturt University, at Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia to have stronger antibacterial properties than Tea Tree oil.

We have great feedback from people using Lemon Myrtle oil in body creams with great reports on improved skin conditions.

Air Fresheners using Lemon Myrtle essential oil, have become popular in Australia, perhaps one of Lemon Myrtle essential oils greatest applications is in kitchen and food preparation areas, as Lemon Myrtle essential oil has been demonstrated in University tests as being highly effective against bacteria.