Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective in treating, in particular, joint pain. She also has other assets to discover with Evelyne Chartier, aromatherapy practitioner and aromatherapist at Rives de Seine Puteaux USLD hospital and Courbevoie SSR 1er, 2.
What is that ?
Lemon eucalyptus (eucalyptus citriodora) is a tree of the family myrtaceae. It is also called gum, fever tree. It can be up to 40 to 50 meters high. The trunk is white for white eucalyptus and its bark is fibrous. The branches are small, the leaves are narrow, lanceolate. The foliage gives off a lemony scent, and peppermint when crumpled. The flowers are creamy yellow in color, and the fruits form capsules.
Thelemon eucalyptus originates from Australia, but today the country provides only 5% of global supplies. This tree is also found in China, Vietnam, India, Madagascar, South America.
What parts are used for the essential oil?
Those are the aerial parts which are used to make the essential oil of lemon eucalyptus. The oil is obtained by steam distillation. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil has a pale or even very pale yellow color. She’s got one fresh lemon scent, with hints of zest.
What are the properties of lemon eucalyptus essential oil?
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is:
- antifungal (which destroys parasitic fungi that cause yeast-like infections)
- muscle relaxant (muscle relaxant)
- an intellectual stimulant.
It is used by the cutaneous route: in massage or just in application (1 drop for example on the wrist), in olfaction (1 drop to breathe in cupped hands), in diffusion.
What are the indications and dosages of lemon eucalyptus essential oil?
Against painful joints
Mix 10% lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 45% arnica oil and 45% calophyll oil, massage the painful area with this mixture 3 to 4 times a day.
Another possibility: mix 10% lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 70% calophyll oil and 20% St. John’s wort oil. Massage the painful area with this mixture 3 to 4 times a day.
Against fungal infections of the foot
Mix 10% lemon eucalyptus essential oil with 90% calophyll oil. Clean the feet well before massaging the mixture twice a day for several months, as fungal infections take a long time to treat.
Against itching, pruritus, shingles
Mix 5% lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 95% jojoba oil (which participates in the renewal of skin cells), and apply locally until symptoms disappear.
Another possibility: mix 5% lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 1/3 sweet almond oil, 1/3 calendula oil and 1/3 jojoba oil. Apply by massage until symptoms disappear.
Against bruises, hematomas
Mix 3 ml of lemon eucalyptus essential oil (1 ml = 20 drops) with 6 ml of wintergreen essential oil and 1 ml of Italian helichrysum essential oil in 50 ml of arnica oil for one bottle of 60 ml. Apply in massage as many times as needed.
Against stress, anxiety
Place 1 drop of lemon eucalyptus essential oil in the palms of your hands. Place them in a cup under the nose and breathe 3 to 4 minutes maximum.
Place 1 drop of lemon eucalyptus essential oil in the palms of the hands, to breathe once a day.
To stimulate his intellect
Place 1 to 2 drops of lemon Eucalyptus essential oil in the palms of the hands. Breathe for a maximum of 5 minutes just before you need to concentrate.
Pour 2 to 3 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil in a diffuser and let diffuse for a few minutes every hour to keep mosquitoes away in summer.
Other possibilities: dilute 1 drop of lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 20 drops of vegetable oil and place a little of the mixture on the neck, wrists, ankles or place 1 drop of lemon eucalyptus essential oil directly on clothes.
To cleanse the scalp (against dandruff)
Dilute 10% lemon eucalyptus essential oil in 90% lavender oil. Massage the scalp with this mixture before shampooing. Leave on for about 1 hour.
To calm a craving for sugar
Breathe in 1 drop of lemon eucalyptus essential oil 2 to 3 minutes when the craving for anibbling sweet occurs.
Precautions for use
The essential oil of lemon eucalyptus being dermocaustic, it is advisable before any use to do a test at the fold of the elbow.
For people with sensitive skin and people suffering fromatopy, it is advisable to make a dilution between 1 and 3% maximum and, in case of appearance of redness, to add vegetable oil to further dilute the mixture.
Contraindications of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- The use of Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil is prohibited for children under 15.
- It is also not recommended for pregnant women and to nursing mothers.
- It should not be used in people withepilepsy or having a neurological risk.
- It is contraindicated in people allergic to limonene.