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Backhousia citriodora – Lemon Myrtle- Essential Oil - Native Oils Australia

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Australian distributor: Native Oils Australia was established in 2011 as a resource for essential oil producers and growers who have invested in or are interested in the Australian essential oil industry. NOA aims to produce, promote, research and develop.

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Lemon Myrtle Essential OilThis page details numerous elements of information, attributes, history, benefits/uses and imagery of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil.Name: Lemon MyrtleBotanical Name: Backhousia citriodoraCommon Names: Sweet Verbena tree, Lemon Ironwood, Lemon scented myrtleLemon Myrtle Essential OilLemon Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora) in flowerLemon Myrtle Essential Oil Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Australian OriginEssential OilThe PlantScientific Articles Lemon Myrtle Lemon Myrtle essential oil is one of the fastest growing in popularity for Australian origin oils. It earns this title through its outstanding lemony aromatic properties, providing a strong fresh sent, along with numerous other beneficial properties and uses. The Lemon Myrtle Aroma As the name would suggest the leaves are strongly lemon scented due to it's high Citral content. The aroma is uplifting and smooth. Lemon Myrtle Benefits The essential oil has numerous benefits and can be be used for aromatherapy. Reported benefits include anti-depressive, soothing of tension, improves concentration and calming. Lemon Myrtle Uses Historically Lemon Myrtle has been traded as a herb ingredient for food preparation. The distilled oil can be used in most of the traditional essential oil applications. Lemon Myrtle is popular in household cleaning products, body creams and air fresheners. The leaves are a fresh green colour and as the name suggests are strongly lemon scented. These medium sized trees can grow up to 15m tall with dense foliage in areas with high rainfall. During flowering in Summer stems bear heads of white flowers approximately 1cm in diameter. Location: Natively found in rainforest locations of eastern Queensland coasts it is now also commercially cultivated on the Northern coastal areas of New South Wales. -The antioxidant capacities and phenolic composition in six native, commercially grown, Australian herbs and spices were investigated. Tasmannia pepper leaf, followed by anise myrtle and lemon myrtle contained the highest levels of total phenolics Antioxidant capacity and phenolic compounds in commercially grown native Australian herbs and spices Izabela Konczak , Dimitrios Zabaras, Matthew Dunstan, Patricia Aguas (2010), Antioxidant capacity and phenolic compounds in commercially grown native, Food Chemistry, Vol.122, pp.260-266 -Backhousia citriodora is a native Australian plant with uses as a bush food component as well as in toiletries and cosmetics. Essential oils produced from leaves of this plant have reputed antiseptic properties. Cock, I (2013) Antimicrobial activity of Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) methanolic extracts, Pharmacognosy Communications, Vol.3(2), p.58 -Environmentally benign-synthesized gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) have received substantial attention owing to their biomedical applications, particularly in cancer therapy Khandanlou, R. Murthy, V. Saranath, D. Damani, H. (2018) Synthesis and characterization of gold-conjugated Backhousia citriodora nanoparticles and their anticancer activity against MCF-7 breast and HepG2 liver cancer cell lines, Journal of Materials Science, Vol.53(5), pp.3106-3118 HistoryThe Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil has its beginning in Aboriginal culture being used for different healing properties. It was Joseph H. Maiden that reported on the potential use of lemon myrtle for commercial production in 1889. It was a German company Schimmel & Co that was the first to identify the primary ingredient citral (anfab, 2008), the constituent that provides the essential oils desired properties.The first known commercial use of lemon myrtle through consumption was around the time of World War II, when a soft drink company called Tarax used the leaves to flavor lemonade (anfab, 2008).Recently the lemon myrtle leaves are used as a dry or fresh herb in food applications or used as a flavoring agent in food or beverages. An added benefit is the anti-fungal properties, making it also act as a preservative (Sultanbawa, 2016).It wasn’t until the 1990’s that the lemon myrtle bi-products were being sold internationally on a large scale and certain aspects of production were beginning to exceed demand (Wollongbar Agricultural Institute). It was this boom that brought it to the forefront of  Australian botanical’s.PHYSICAL PROPERTIESTESTSPECIFICATIONAppearanceClear, mobile pale yellow liquidOdourCharacteristic citralSpecific Gravity0.885 to 0.910 @ 20°CRefractive Index1.484 to 1.491 @ 20°COptical Rotation-3.5° to +3.5° @ 20°CMiscibility in 70% [v/v] Ethanol< 7 volumes @ 20°CSolubility in WaterInsolubleFlash Point102°C [Closed Cup] CHEMICAL PROPERTIESCONSTITUENTRANGECitral87.0 – 95.0%Citronellal0.1 - 1%b-pinenetracelinalooltraceb-caryophyllenetracemyrcenetracecyclocitraltrace For further information:http://www.anbg.gov.au/gnp/gnp14/backhousia-citriodora.htmlText by Effie Mullins, ANBG (1989) http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/5155/Sultanbawa, Yasmina (2016) Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) Oils. In: Essential Oils in Food Preservation, Flavor and Safety. Elsevier, pp. 517-521. http://anfab.org.au/main.asp?_=Lemon%20Myrtle For More Products: https://www.nativeoilsaustralia.com.au/products/ If you have any questions regarding the essential oil or the plant itself feel free to contact us. Contact information can be found in the footer bellow. Information has been drawn from numerous reliable sources.
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