This is the sweetest “lemony” oil we have ever experienced! I thought of lemonade, Christi thought of lemon jelly beans. As sweet as candy. (I’m told that at one time in Australia it was used to flavor “lemon cordial,” an Australian version of our lemonade. I can well believe it.)
I am told that it has antibacterial properties, although not as powerfully antbacterial as Tea Tree or Lemon Myrtle. I can see it shining as a sunshiny mood elevator. We fell in love and had to have some!
Having fallen in love, I had to research it. Unlike the Eucalyptus oils chosen for their respiratory effects, high in 1,8-cineole, Lemon Ironbark oil is composed of geranial, methyl geranate, geranyl acetate, limonene, phellandrene, neral, terpinolene, and geraniol. It may be a skin irritant, so I would prefer to use it in the diffuser. If using topically, please use in very low dilution.
I have seen it recommended as a sedative and a calming stress reliever.
Len and Shirley Price noted that of all the eucalyptus family, staigeriana seems to be the one that has the most up-lifting effect on emotions. It was noted that the Prices commented that Melissa Officianalis contains 70% aldehydes, citing that Schnaubelt maintains that aldehydes are essential for psychological health and well-being. Based on this theory, at roughly 30% aldehydes in Eucalyptus staigeriana, one can understand the joy of diffusing it.
In the winter it would be useful in the diffuser because it is said to be both anti-viral and anti-infectious. If the more commonly recommended anti-viral and anti-bacterial oils are too medicinal for your taste, add a bit of Lemon Ironbark to your germkilling blend and bring in a touch of aromatic sunshine.
WARNING: Contains citral, a strong sensitizer. Avoid use on broken skin. Avoid use during pregnancy. Maximum dilution for topical use: 3%
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
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