Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil


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Product Description

Backhousia citriodora occurs naturally in the Queensland coastal forests from Brisbane to Mackay and is known by several other names including Lemon Ironwood, Lemon-scented Myrtle and Sweet Verbena Tree. The Lemon Myrtle tree is a beautiful small to medium-sized shrub or tree, to 8 m tall with a low-branching habit that suits a larger style home garden but can be kept trimmed to fit into smaller areas.  The essential oil is more lemon than lemon. This is surely one of the best scents and flavors of all Australian natives. The oil is a pale yellow giving off a lemony, fresh uplifting aroma. The oil was recorded as being distilled initially in 1890 by a German doctor.  Researchers have found the Lemon Myrtle oil has very good antibacterial and anti-fungal activity.  Cold pressed lemon oil is less ‘lemony’ than Lemon Myrtle oil as it contains only 3-10% Citral whilst Lemon Myrtle oil contains 95% Citral.  The industry is promoting the use of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, leaf and edible fruits in perfumes, food flavoring, confectionery, herbal teas and aromatherapy.  It adds a subtle rather than overpowering scent and/or flavor.  Lemon Myrtle oil is reported as being anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-viral, calmative and a sedative. Its fragrance together with its medicinal properties make it ideal for use in cosmetics, toiletries, incense burners and massage oils. It blends well with macadamia nut oil. Citral is extensively used as a food flavoring and many substitute a leaf or two for the kaffa lime leaf used in Asian style cooking.

Cakes and icing will never be the same again, only a few drops needed. Fish, well they don’t call this more lemon than lemon for nothing, absolutely astounding, but use the pure essential oil sparingly.

Air freshener
Two or three drops in your burner mixed with other essential oils will freshen even the worst musty room. This oil mixed with other Native Essential Oils can sanitize your bathroom, by using 2 to 4 drops of Tea Tree oil as well. If you want to relax just add 3 to 5 drops of Larruk oil and let the Linalool sooth away your problems. All of these oils available at on this site.

As part of the distilling process we are able to incorporate oil into water without any of the associated oily problems. This product will not stick to you or stick to your bath with an oily film. With all the floral properties of the oil, it is also used as an aerosol and this product can be used throughout the house as an air freshener or on lounges and carpets to remove odours. This also works well in your car or caravan.
100 mls of this floral water in your bath will have you feeling fresh and uplifted with a background scent on your body for hours. 50 mls in your washing machine will have you cloths smelling fresh and inviting.

Dried leaf powder
Enjoy smoking fish or meat, just 4 to six leaves added to your sawdust will give a real surprise.  It also works well in cakes, biscuits, icing, dressings and with fish and some meat dishes.

The most beautiful lemon tea you have ever had. Just grind the seeds and pod and add to boiling water. The scent will give you a sample of what is to come. May be added to other teas. The actual seeds have a low germination rate, with some seeds not germinating at all and others at a ratio of 4 to 100.  Presently the most effective way to propagate this species is by clone cutting, which requires expertise to produce large numbers.

For further technical information go to SDS (Safety Data Sheet)

Additional Information

Weight 0.070 kg
Dimensions 0.8 × 0.4 × 0.8 cm

10 ml, 50 ml, 1 kg


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Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) Essential Oil - SDS



 Other name(s): Oil of Backhousia citriodora

 Recommended Use of the Chemical and Restrictions on Use

Germicide. Flavours and perfumes.

 Supplier Essences from the Australian Bush

 P.O.Box 3066, Pallas Street




Telephone Number: 0408780709


Emergency Telephone: 000 (ALL HOURS)

Please ensure you refer to the limitations of this Safety Data Sheet as set out in the "Other Information" section at the end of this Data Sheet.


Not classified as Dangerous Goods by the criteria of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) for transport by Road and Rail; NON-DANGEROUS GOODS.

This material is hazardous according to Safe Work Australia; HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE.


Poisons Schedule (SUSMP): None allocated.


Components CAS Number Proportion Hazard Codes

Citral 5392-40-5 90-95% H315 H317 H401



Issued: 11/10/2011

Substance No: 000000025165

For advice, contact a Poisons Information Centre (e.g. phone Australia 131 126; New Zealand 0800 764 766) or a doctor.

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Remove victim from area of exposure - avoid becoming a casualty. Remove contaminated clothing and loosen remaining clothing. Allow patient to assume most comfortable position and keep warm. Keep at rest until fully recovered. Seek medical advice if effects persist.

Skin Contact:

If skin or hair contact occurs, immediately remove any contaminated clothing and wash skin and hair thoroughly with running water and soap. If swelling, redness, blistering or irritation occurs seek medical assistance.

Eye Contact:

If in eyes, wash out immediately with water. In all cases of eye contamination it is a sensible precaution to seek medical advice.


Rinse mouth with water. If swallowed, do NOT induce vomiting. Give a glass of water. Seek medical assistance.

Indication of immediate medical attention and special treatment needed:

Treat symptomatically.


Suitable Extinguishing Media:

Fine water spray, normal foam, dry agent (carbon dioxide, dry chemical powder).

Specific hazards arising from the substance or mixture:

Combustible liquid.

Special protective equipment and precautions for fire-fighters:

On burning will emit toxic fumes, including those of oxides of carbon. Keep containers cool with water spray. Fire fighters to wear self-contained breathing apparatus and suitable protective clothing if risk of exposure to vapour or products of combustion.


Emergency procedures/Environmental precautions:

If contamination of sewers or waterways has occurred advise local emergency services.

Personal precautions/Protective equipment/Methods and materials for containment and cleaning up:

Slippery when spilt. Avoid accidents, clean up immediately. Wear protective equipment to prevent skin and eye contact and breathing in vapours. Contain - prevent run off into drains and waterways. Use absorbent (soil, sand or other inert material). Collect and seal in properly labelled containers or drums for disposal. Wash area down with detergent and excess water.


Substance No: 000000025165

Classified as a C1 (COMBUSTIBLE LIQUID) for the purpose of storage and handling, in accordance with the requirements of AS 1940. Refer to State Regulations for storage and transport requirements.

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Precautions for safe handling:

Avoid skin and eye contact and breathing in vapour, mists and aerosols.

Conditions for safe storage, including any incompatibilities:

Store in a cool, dry, well ventilated place and out of direct sunlight. Store away from sources of heat or ignition. Store away from incompatible materials described in Section 10. Keep containers closed when not in use - check regularly  or leaks.


Control Parameters: No value assigned for this specific material by Safe Work Australia.

Appropriate engineering controls:

Use in well ventilated areas. If inhalation risk exists: Use with local exhaust ventilation or while wearing organic vapour/particulate respirator. Keep containers closed when not in use.

Vapour heavier than air - prevent concentration in hollows or sumps. DO NOT enter confined spaces where vapour may have collected.

Individual protection measures, such as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

The selection of PPE is dependent on a detailed risk assessment. The risk assessment should consider the work situation, the physical form of the chemical, the handling methods, and environmental factors.


Wear overalls, safety glasses and impervious gloves. If determined by a risk assessment an inhalation risk exists, wear an organic vapour/particulate respirator meeting the requirements of AS/NZS 1715 and AS/NZS 1716.

Always wash hands before smoking, eating, drinking or using the toilet. Wash contaminated clothing and other protective equipment before storage or re-use.


Physical state: Clear Liquid

Colour: Colourless to Pale Yellow

Odour: Characteristic

Solubility: Insoluble in water.

Specific Gravity: 0.88-0.91 @ 20°C

Relative Vapour Density (air=1): Not available

Vapour Pressure (20 °C): Not available

Flash Point (°C): 82-86

Flammability Limits (%): Not available

Auto ignition Temperature (°C): Not available

Melting Point/Range (°C):

Boiling Point/Range (°C): Not available

Decomposition Point (°C): Not available

PH: Not applicable

Viscosity: Not available


Evaporation Rate:

Issued: 11/10/2011

Not available


Version: 1

Chemical stability: Stable under normal conditions of use.

 Possibility of hazardous reactions:

Hazardous polymerisation will not occur.

Conditions to avoid: Avoid exposure to heat, sources of ignition, and open flame.

Incompatible materials: Incompatible with acids, alkalis and oxidising agents.

Hazardous decomposition products:

Oxides of carbon.


No adverse health effects expected if the product is handled in accordance with this Safety Data Sheet and the product label. Symptoms or effects that may arise if the product is mishandled and overexposure occurs are:

Ingestion: No adverse effects expected, however, large amounts may cause nausea and vomiting.

Eye contact: May be an eye irritant.

Skin contact: Contact with skin will result in irritation. A skin sensitiser. Repeated or prolonged skin contact may lead to allergic contact dermatitis. Will have a degreasing action on the skin. Repeated or prolonged skin contact may lead to irritant contact dermatitis.

Inhalation: Breathing in vapour, mists or aerosols may produce respiratory irritation.

Acute toxicity:

Oral LD50 (rat): 4960 mg/kg (1)

Dermal LD50 (rabbit): >2250 mg/kg (1)

Chronic effects: Non-mutagenic in AMES test. (1)


Eco toxicity Avoid contaminating waterways.

Persistence/degradability: The material is readily biodegradable. (1)

Aquatic toxicity:

96hr LC50 (fish): >100 mg/L (1)



Issued: 11/10/2011

Disposal methods:

Refer to Waste Management Authority. Dispose of contents/container in accordance with

Local/regional/national/international regulations.


Road and Rail Transport

Not classified as Dangerous Goods by the criteria of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG Code) for transport by Road and Rail; NON-DANGEROUS GOODS.

Marine Transport

Not classified as Dangerous Goods by the criteria of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) for transport by sea; NON-DANGEROUS GOODS.

Air Transport

Not classified as Dangerous Goods by the criteria of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous

Goods Regulations for transport by air; NON-DANGEROUS GOODS.



This material is hazardous according to Safe Work Australia; HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE.

Poisons Schedule (SUSMP): None allocated.

This material is listed on the Australian Inventory of Chemical Substances (AICS).


(1) Supplier Safety Data Sheet;05/04/2018.


This safety data sheet has been prepared by. Essences from the Australian Bush contact details on page 1

Issued: 05/04/2018

Reason(s) for Issue:

First Issue Primary SDS

Substance No: 000000025165

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