Lemon myrtle is the high concentration of citral in its leaves. Citral comprises 90-98% of the essential oils in lemon myrtle, as opposed to less than 10% in lemons and limes. Some of the characteristics of citral include:
Citral is an anti-fungal agent, non-acidic, high in anti-oxidants.
Reported to aid /relieve: muscle cramps and spasms, rheumatism, headaches and fevers. Scientific studies have indicated that citral can inhibit the growth of the pathogen which is one of the causes of many gastro-duodenal diseases, including ulcers. It is also said to aid in the reduction of cellulite and the anti-oxidants in citral help boost the immune system.
Research by the Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga, New South Wales)demonstrated that the essential oil of Lemon Myrtle is more anti-bacterial and anti-fungal than that of Tea Tree oil. There have been a small number of doctors using the essential oil of Lemon Myrtle for treating conditions like tinea, eczema and other fungal skin conditions with success especially when chemical treatments are less preferred by patients.
Skyezone Hand & Body Repair ( high in lemon Myrtle oil) has certainly been helpful in reducing eczema.)
Lemon Myrtle’s botanical name is Backhousia citriodora. ‘Citrio’ is latin for citrus and ‘dora’ is latin for odour. The Backhousia name comes from a 19th century Australian botanist, James Backhouse.