Eucalyptus citriodora, also known as lemon-scented Eucalyptus, is an
elegant evergreen tree native to Australia and now wildly cultivated in
various locations such as Egypt, Spain, India and South Africa. It
requires large quantities of water and is often planted in
malaria-ravaged regions to improve ground drainage. The tree grows
swiftly and can easily grow as high as 45 meters. Its bark is smooth and
bluish gray. The juvenile leaves are large, alternate, peltate and
hairy, which become narrowly lanceolate in maturity and reveal lemon
scent when crushed. The tree has white flowers and capsule-like
fruits that contain numerous minuscule seeds. Essential oil of
Eucalyptus citriodora is extracted from the leaves by steam
Essential oil of Eucalyptus citriodora has long been an herbal remedy of
the Aborigines. It is commonly used as a cure for coughs, sore throats and
infections due to its antiseptic properties. In fact, it is a common
ingredient in cold remedies sold over the counter. Eucalyptus citriodora oil
is also antibacterial and can be used as a powerful disinfectant against
harmful organisms. It is also an excellent treatment for respiratory
problems. It reduces inflammation by increasing the supply of oxygen to the
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil can also be used to treat ailments
such as Athlete's Foot, asthma, chickenpox, colds, cuts, dandruff, fevers,
fungal infection, herpes, infectious diseases, insect repellent, laryngitis,
scabs, sore throat, sores and wounds.
Eucalyptus citriodora has a fresh, citronella, lemon top notes with sweet,
The fragrance of Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil helps relieve fatigue
and debility; it also clears the mind and can assist in making decisions.
Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil is non-irritant and non-sensitizing
but can be toxic if taken internally.
Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a
qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use
only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
Pregnant women should always consult their physician prior to using.