Botanical name Eucalyptus Citriodora Oil
Botanical synonyms Eucalyptus citriodora Hook., Eucalyptus maculata Hook. var. citriodora Hook., Eucalyptus melissiodora Lindley
Source Leaves and terminal branchlets
Processing Method Steam Distillation
Color/Consistency A thin and pale yellow
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma Sweet, lemony, fresh, with a woody hint.
Blends With Basil, black pepper, clary sage, geranium, tea tree, rosemary, vetiver, ylang ylang, and the other eucalyptus.
Citriodora or Lemon eucalyptus is a jewel in the crown of the Eucalyptus family, Myrtaceae. With a revivifying and invigorating aroma of lemon and eucalyptus, this lemon-scented eucalyptus oil is used in fixing feelings of abandonment and mental agitation along with poor concentration and confusions. The essential oil of Citriodora is extracted from the elongated leaves of the Lemon-scented gum tree
The steam and water distillation of leaves of Citriodora was modeled using a complete 2n factorial plan. Eight experiments were carried out, with three easily interpretable variables, for steam distillation and for a first degree polynomial model. The average essential oil yield was 2.3%. Positive effects decreased in the order: duration of the extraction, heating power and state of division of the plant. Interactions were negligible. Extraction conditions had no practical impact on citronellal content
Dilute before use; for external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.
Citronellyl acetate 1.1%
Hazards None known.
Contraindications None known.
Adverse skin reactions Undiluted lemon-scented gum oil was irritating to rabbits, producing scab formation and sloughing; tested at 10% on 25 volunteers it was neither irritating nor sensitizing. It is non-phototoxic. When
injected, lemon-scented gum oil inhibited inflammation induced in rat paw.
Acute toxicity Lemon-scented gum oil acute oral LD50 in rats >5 g/kg; acute dermal LD50 in rabbits 2.48 g/kg.
Antioxidant/pro-oxidant activity Lemon-scented gumoil exhibited high radical scavenging activity in both ABTS and DPPH assays.
Carcinogenic/anticarcinogenic potential No information was found! for lemon-scented gum oil, but it contains no known carcinogens. Citronellal displays anticarcinogenic activity.
Lemon-scented gum oil is also produced in Brazil, Ethiopia and several other countries.