|Latin name||Backhousia citriodora|
|Synonyms||Sweet Verbena Tree, Sweet Verbena Myrtle, Lemon scented Verbena, and Lemon scented Backhousia.|
|Origin||Native to Australia; it is a rare plant, restricted to Queensland|
|Plant characteristics||Rainforest tree to about 8m, having dark green lemon-scented leaves to 100 mm long. It flowers prolifically with large bunches of small white flowers on the ends of the branches. It is a common garden plant in Brisbane, and about a million have been planted commercially for their lemon oil content|
|Oil characteristics||Intensive, refreshing and very, very lemon-like; the odour has been described, without undue exaggeration, as “more lemon than lemon”. Taste is similar, very intensive, pleasant and warm. A pale yellow mobile liquid.|
|Traditional use||It has long been used as a bush food and herbal spice for cooking, in herbal teas, and as a natural flavouring in drinks and medicines.|
|Blends well with||Lavender, eucalyptus smithii, geranium, ylang ylang, and other citrus essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||Exposure to sunlight must be avoided for one hour after undiluted application.|
|Main chemical constituents||Citral, which accounts for over 90% of the plants essential oil, compared to about 3% in lemon oil.|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.