A clue to Lemon eucalyptus’ inner nature can be found in Valerie Ann Worwood’s description  of the lemon eucalyptus personality as being fresh, alive and freedom loving.  In her book AromaGenera she also says ‘they are expressive and enjoy life to the fullest.  She recommends that Lemon eucalyptus can be used for situations where you want to counter sluggishness, emotional crisis, emptiness, confusion, disillusionment, restless, fear, despondency, loneliness and the inability to let go.  I have tested this out in several blends for people who are having trouble letting go of a situation, in order to move forward and in each case, I found it to be a remarkably helpful addition to the blend.  You might find it helpful to compare this oil to another in the Myrtaceae family – Lemon Myrtle.

Lemon Eucalyptus (Corymbia citriodora)

Family: Myrtaceae

Plant Description: Lemon eucalyptus is a large, handsome evergreen tree, which grows to between 24 and 40 meters in height.  It has a tall, straight trunk with an open, graceful crown of drooping foliage.  The bark is smooth, white, powdery, although sometimes has pink or blue-grey tones.

History/Folklore:  Lemon eucalyptus is cross-pollinated and the pollinating agents are usually blow flies, ants and, in particular, bees.  Lemon eucalyptus is a favorite of beekeepers because of the high quality and quantity of honey produced which is a light amber color.

Essential Oil

Extraction:  The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and young twigs.

Aroma:  Penetrating, lemony and fresh.

Odor intensity:  High.

Perfume Note:  Top.

Blends well with:  Citrus and floral oils.

Chemistry:  3 %Esters (citronellyl butyrate, citronellyl citronellate, citronellyl acetate); 80% Aliphatic Aldehydes (citronellal); 12% Alcohols (Citronellol, geraniol, trans-pinocarveol); 1% oxides (1,8-cineole) and a small amounts of Ketones and Monoterpenes.

Cautions:  Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.


On a physical level, Lemon eucalyptus is used for infectious skin conditions, scabs, sores and wounds, as well as athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.  Like other eucalyptus oils it can be very helpful for respiratory conditions and boosting the immune system when there are colds and fevers.  It is also an effect insect repellent.

On a psychological level it has soothing and calming properties.

On a subtle level, Lemon eucalyptus helps release deep grief that has been held in the emotional, mental, etheric and physical bodies.

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