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Lemon eucalyptus

Lemon eucalyptus

The essential oil from the leaves.

Latin name

Eucalyptus citriodora Hook


Monoterpenoids (citronellal): responsible for the lemon fragrance, analgaesic and anti-inflammatory effect. It is also antibacterial and antifungal.

Used part

Lemon eucalyptus leaves have long played an important role in the traditional medicine of the indigenous Australians. In Brazil also because, for example, the hot water extract of the dried leaves is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory, analgaesic, and anti-fever agent, but also to treat respiratory infections, chills, sinus congestion and rheumatic conditions.1-15

This tree plays an important role in the production of honey by bees. The leaves, which release a delicious lemon fragrance, are also frequently used in potpourri.

Citronellal, the most important component of the essential oil appears to be effective in keeping away mosquitoes thanks to its insect repellent properties.16 The essential oil from the leaves, used in many perfumes, is also used throughout the world to relieve coughs, colds, sore throats and other infections.

Bibliographical references

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