22 November 2008

In general, its actions are considered similar to 'common' tea tree but with a more pleasant, less medicinal scent.

Botanical Name
Leptospermum petersonii

Color
Clear with a Tinge of Yellow

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin

Perfumery Note
Top

Aroma
Lemony, citrusy, bitter, smoother than lemongrass or citronella

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium – Strong

Extraction Method
Lemon Tea Tree essential oil is steam distilled from from a relative of the more common 'Tea Tree' - both being of the Myrtaceae family

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Not formally documented in readily available publications

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Lemon Tea Tree essential oil has been traditionally been used for its antiseptic, carminative and sedative properties
  • It's bright fresh aroma is quite purifying. In low doses it can be stimulating, bringing relaxation with a little greater exposure
  • Diffused, it can clear the mind and be rejuvenating
  • Lemon Tea Tree is considered the ultimate natural mosquito repellent, and is effective on its own in a carrier oil
Precaution
  • Known skin irritant - use at low (<3%)>
  • Test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend With
Lemon Tea Tree Essential Oil has a fresh, lemon scent, and blends well with many other oils. It should be used sparingly in blends as not to overpower other aromas

Recipe
  • Apply Lemon Tea Tree essential oil topically in low dilutions. Add to water and use in a spray bottle. Be careful, as the oil has been noted to be a skin irritant
  • Because of its powerful nature, it should be diluted to near 2%, or about 20 drops per ounce. 12 drops Lemon Tea Tree, 4 drops Eucalyptus and 4 drops Cedarwood may be added to 4 ounces of water in a spray bottle and used on a dog's coat to keep away the fleas

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