Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lemon myrtle oil or myrtle essential oil

Lemon Myrtle oil, backhousia citriodora, blends well with the following essential oils: eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, ylang ylang, and spice oils. It is also referred to as myrtle essential oil.
Myrtle essential oil, backhousia citriodora , is a coarse, stiff, shrub or small, slender, tree; from to 3-8 feet. The bark is brownish-gray and smooth; leaves narrow at the base. Leaves oblong to lance-shaped, 1-4 inches long, reduced at the tip of the branches, often sparingly toothed, dark green and shiny above, paler and sometimes hairy beneath; leathery, evergreen, with waxy globules. The green berries are covered, when mature, with a pale blue, lavender or grayish-white aromatic wax in microscopic rounded particles used in making candles which burn with a pleasing fragrance. Grown in Australia, the essential oil is steam distilled from the leaf.
Lemon myrtle oil cautions - Moderately toxic, use in small amounts, can cause skin irritation and can be a mucous membrane irritant. Dilute before use.
Lemon myrtle oil properties - Analgesic, anticonvulsant, antineuralgic, expectorant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, stimulant, tonic (for hair).

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