Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil


(23 customer reviews)

A truly wonderful, uplifting, refreshing lemon aroma for men or women.


Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Lemon Myrtle essential oil is one of Australia’s newest and most exciting aromas. It is wonderfully uplifting and refreshing.
It will freshen a home or room and it appeals to both men and women.

Botanical name:  Backhousia citriodora

Ingredients: 100% v/v pure Lemon Myrtle essential oil.

Please take a look at our Lemon Myrtle essential oil video.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Aroma

Uplifting lemon aroma, a wonderful, yet smooth, rich lemon smell. Pleasant for men, women and children.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Benefits

Uplifting, relaxing, sedative, calming, improves concentration, anti-depressive, soothes hypertension, aids happiness, good for rest, remove bad room smells, calm noisy children.

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil Uses 

In an oil burner, air purifier, air freshener, potpourri, massage oil, bath, vacuum cloth bag, floor washing water, dishwashing liquid, excellent.


Directions and More Uses

Aromatherapy Oil

2 to 4 drops in an oil burner or vaporiser, 1 drop into a bath, add to your own skin care products for an uplifting lemon aroma, add at no more than 1%.

Blend Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil with

Lemon Myrtle essential oil is simply excellent on its own or blend with woody, spicy, floral oils but not citrus. Use Lemon Myrtle sparingly in blends to avoid overpowering.

Try blending Lemon Myrtle essential oil with Australian Blue Cypress, Emerald Cypress, Eucalyptus varieties, Niaouli, Rosalina, Sandalwood or Tea Tree.

Lemon Myrtle flower

Lemon Myrtle flowers, Byron Bay, NSW

Massage with Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

5 drops per 100ml of carrier oil.

Food Flavouring with Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Use Lemon Myrtle essential oil for food or drink flavouring by adding 6 to 9 drops per 1000ml (1 litre) of liquid.

You can also add the essential oil to cooking oils eg. Olive or Macadamia oil, at a rate of 8 to 12 drops per 1000ml (1 litre) of cooking oil.

Greg Trevena at his Lemon Myrtle Plantation, Byron Bay hinterland.

Main Actives of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Contains upto 98% citral, containing: geranial, neral, cis citral, (In comparison Lemongrass 30-70% Citrals, Lemon Verbena 40%, Lemon Balm 70%)

citral has been shown to be anti-microbial, particularly anti fungal, anti-viral, sedative.


Do not use Lemon Myrtle essential oil at a rate greater than 1% in body products, as skin sensitisation occurs.

Keep out of reach of children, store away from direct sunlight, store below 30 degrees.

Other Common Names

Lemon Ironwood, Lemon Scented Myrtle.

Natural Occurrence in Australia                                                                                         

Lemon Myrtle trees naturally occur in the rainforests of Queensland from Brisbane to the Atherton Tablelands.

The tree is not common, Lemon Myrtle grows to a maximum height of 30 metres in the wild.

High and regular rainfall, soils with good drainage is preferred.

Characteristics of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Clear to amber yellow colour, watery, scent citrus/lemony.

Just one drop of Lemon Myrtle essential oil
can immediately freshen a room or bathroom

Research on Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Charles Sturt University – In 2001 and 2002 Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga demonstrated and published that Lemon Myrtle essential oil was more anti-fungal than Tea Tree and as nearly anti-bacterial as Tea Tree.

Lemon Myrtle essential is also antiviral, having been demonstrated effective against Listeria.

Japan – In 2000 it was demonstrated to be effective against Herpes virus.

Extraction and Farming Method

Lemon Myrtle essential oil is extracted via steam distillation of the leaves and green branchlets.

Lemon Myrtle is grown in plantations in northern New South Wales and Queensland.

Plantation trees are planted in rows, are kept to a maximum height of 4 metres, they are machine harvested and are then steam distilled immediately to maintain quality Lemon Myrtle essential oil.

History – Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Traditional Usage

This may seem difficult to understand but at present there is no evidence of indigenous use of this plant.
This may be because the tree is a little rare in the wild and the tree doesn’t smell a lot unless your tear the leaf, to open up the oil glands.
Possibly also being a coastal rainforest tree, these areas were cleared of forest very early on and traditional use was lost.

Early European Usage

Lemon Myrtle was first discovered by white settlers in 1856 and reported to renowned Australian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller around the Moreton Bay area of south east Queensland.
By 1888 the first Lemon Myrtle essential oil distillation is thought to have occurred.
There were several small distillations Lemon Myrtle essential oil from small wild populations of Lemon Myrtle trees, particularly around the Gympie area through to World War 1.
When raw materials (lemon essences) were in short supply in World War 2, the tree was wild harvested again. Distillation again ceased after World War 2.

Present Day Usage

In the late 1980’s Byron Bay based native food pioneer, rediscovered the tree, he reported to a newly emerging ‘bushfood’ or ‘bushtucker’ industry. The small industry jumped at this remarkable delicious flavoursome herb.
It was eventually planted out in small plantations in the mid 1990’s.
By early 2000, one or two farmers had developed good cultivars of the tree, some simple but effective harvesting and processing equipment was also developed. Lemon Myrtle tea has become a small but popular market.
From the same plantations, comes the wonderful, rich essential oil.

Typical Chemical Profile of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (Australian Standard 4941-2001)                      

6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one                                      trace – 2.9%
2,3-dehydro-1,8-cineole                                        trace – 0.9%
myrcene                                                                trace – 0.7%
linalool                                                                  trace – 1.0%
exo -isocitral                                                         trace – 2.0%
citronellal                                                              trace – 1.0%
cis -isocitral                                                          trace – 2.7%
trans -isocitral                                                      trace – 4.3%
neral                                                                          32.0% +
geranial                                                                     44.0% +

CITRAL TOTAL                                                 95.0% or above

Relative Density: 0.880-0.910
Refractive Index @ 20 C 1.4880-1.4900
Optical Rotation +3.5-+12.0

Additional information

Weight N/A
Dimensions 2.5 × 2.5 × 7 cm

12ml, 25ml, 100ml, 1kg

Additional Information

23 reviews for Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

  1. Michelle

    I love this essential oil – so pure, fresh, uplifting and invigorating. By far the best Lemon Myrtle essential oil I have ever come across.

  2. Lizzie (verified owner)

    I use a few drops in every wash to purify my washing and make it smell lovely – particularly great for clothes that have been worn to the gym!!

  3. santaanaboi (verified owner)

    Great service, Great product.

  4. Peter

    The Lemon Myrtle is the oil we regularly buy as it is so refreshing and I find it very cleansing for my sinuses. Thank you for such a great product.

  5. Tania B

    Delighted to use this oil for my handmade soap and kitchen cleaner as well as in the rinse cycle of the laundry. A fresh and clean aroma remind me of all the beautiful things in life.

  6. Karen

    I love diffusing Essentially Australia’s Lemon Myrtle with their Kunzea, such a fresh and restorative blend that makes the whole house smell beautiful. I also like to take advantage of its anti bacterial properties and wipe my benches down with a drop of Lemon Myrtle on my kitchen cloth.

  7. Jennifer Fielding

    At the beginning of the cv isolation I utilised the lemon myrtle essential oil with my self created hand sanitiser. Apart from its superior properties it has also been a source of uplift for the people surrounding me.
    I’m so grateful. Thank You

  8. Vicki-Lee Cayrouse

    I don’t like to play favourites, but when pressed… lemon myrtle essential oil is ‘holy’ in my eyes. This clean, healing scent is a staple in my household. A little bottle of this liquid gold bestowed upon another would make a truly valuable gift. I add it to a eucalyptus solution and use it to spray upon all my bedding and drift off to sleep amidst its uplifting yet calming aroma.

  9. Jane

    I bought the lemon myrtle to use to mop my house and replace unneeded use of chemicals- but then I used it for everything, removing smells, freshen sheets, cleaning, or even just to diffuse. This is now a staple oil in my house. I have tried a couple of other brands and none have came close to matching the quality from essentially Australia

  10. Kara

    Essentially Australia’s Lemon Myrtle is an absolute must have…I totally rely on its powerful cleansing properties, especially wonderful for the bathroom and kitchen and is unmatched in its ability to literally clean up any unwanted smells…this is truly a household hero no home should be without!

  11. Carmen Martin

    This is a beautiful oil, its a great mood lifter, has fantastic properties and is one oil that i have a constant bottle of in my supplies

  12. Lizzie Morrison

    3-4 drops of this oil in every load of washing I do! Your washing smells great, and the anti-bacterial/anti-fungal properties mean that your clothes are super clean. You also get a lovely smell in the whole laundry too. Great for towels and linen.

  13. Nicole

    A favourite of mine for keeping in the car. I can’t get enough of the smell, it’s amazing. I have a dog so I frequently splash it around to make my car smell delicious, it’s probably less about the dog and more that I just love the smell.

  14. Helen

    A few drops of lemon myrtle oil in a mister/difuser refreshes the whole house and lifts your spirits. It’s also great in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Fabulous!

  15. Cheryl gatt

    I have Been using lemon Myrtle at night lately. I’m finding it to be relaxing, calming and great for switching my mind off to sleep.. Your Lemon Myrtle has a wonderful lemon aroma which is not overpowering like some other brands I have tried.. Highly recommend..

  16. katalin ganzler

    I order the products of EA from Hungary because they are the best quality available on the market. The lemon myrtle oil is fantastic in creams weather for hands or for face. Aromatherapy is my hobby, so I prepare products for friends only. Since using lemon myrtle, my friends’ friends and their friends also would like to have from my creams and ointments. I blends very well with lavender and helychrisum (the scent of helychrysum is irritant for many but this oil masks it). Also if you want to use melaleuca quinqinervia for sun protection -this oil masks the strong scent of melaleuca.

  17. Stefania Netcu

    This lemon myrtle is wonderfully uplifting and energising to the mind and soul. I totally love it, particularly for its clean and pure scent. It’s also an effective skin antiseptic and antifungal, it has worked wonders on my itchy toes.

  18. Michelle Taylor

    I work at a Chiropractic Clinic in Palm Beach we use Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil in a diffuser, I personally believe it promotes a calm positive atmosphere in the clinic for the wellbeing of our patients and us the staff as well! Everyone stays happy and healthy ‘Win Win!’

  19. Scott Gibbons

    This oil is great, it’s fresh and really lightens my mood whilst working at home, I love it!

  20. Jessica Briansky

    I have done the research and Essentially Australia oils win in all categories, particularly the lemon myrtle oil. Myrtle is my favourite scent and EA are the only suppliers that really capture the uniquely native aroma and transport me to a tranquil setting with nothing more than a few drops. There is nothing chemical or pedestrian about it, this is a high end product at very accessible pricing.

  21. Coraline Wells

    For an absolutely divine and uplifting scent to defuse mix a few drops of lemon myrtle, sandalwood and fragonia. Like strolling thru the bush after a refreshing shower of rain. Beautiful!

  22. Cathy (verified owner)

    I really enjoy using all Essentially Australia oil, particularly Lemon Myrtle, I diffuse it most days, put a few drops on the mop when I do floors, it leaves a lovely crisp, light and fresh scent through the house which is not heavy like some flowery oils.. I put a quarter cup of Lemon Myrtle hydrosol through the washing machine rinse cycle, which freshens towels and sheets beautifully. I love the fact it is Australian owned and made.

  23. Sharon

    Lemon Myrtle is such a uplifting & refreshing Australian essential oil. I love it’s amazing antibacterial properties that make it a beautifully versatile oil that can help support healing ailments, mood enhancing and cleaning.

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