5 Benefits Of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil (And How To Use It)

Published 5th Oct 2022

Known for its refreshing and calming smell, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is a popular essential oil for a variety of aromatherapy and cleaning purposes.  

In this article we’ll look at the benefits Lemon Myrtle Oil can bring to your mind, body and home and how to incorporate it into your routine to best receive these benefits.  

Let’s dive in.  

Firstly, What Is Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil?

Derived from the leaves of the Backhousia citriodora plant, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is an oil native to Australia. 

The leaves are steam distilled to produce an oil with a warm, refreshingly sweet lemon-like aroma.  

5 Benefits Of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

Wonderfully uplifting and refreshing, Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil’s many benefits include: 

1. Helps Soothe Respiratory Conditions

Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil’s high levels of antibacterial and antifungal properties have been seen to help ease congestion via inhalation or topical application. Therefore, it is known to help assist with respiratory related illnesses such as bronchitis and excessive coughing.  

2. It’s A Great Natural Cleaner

The potent antibacterial, antifungal and germicidal properties of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil make it one of the most popular essential oils for cleaning.  

It contains a significantly high percentage of citral, a compound that boasts antibacterial properties. Not to mention it also has a natural refreshing scent of lemon myrtle.  

3. Helps Soothe The Mind

In aromatherapy, the cheerful and revitalising essence of Lemon Myrtle Oil has been seen to act as a natural anti-depressant, helping to soothe the mind for those feeling overwhelmed.  

4. May Help Ease Inflammation And Muscle Pain

When applied topically, the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties present in Lemon Myrtle Oil may help relieve muscle pain and inflammation.  

Lemon Myrtle Oil also contains natural antispasmodic properties that have been seen to help with spasming, fatigued and tired muscles.  

5. Known To Help Keep Skin Clear And Glowing

When diluted and applied topically, Lemon Myrtle Oil is believed to mimic human sebum, helping tackle excess oil in the skin. This makes it a favourite amongst those with oily or acne prone skin.  

Additionally, the properties of Lemon Myrtle Oil have been seen to strengthen capillaries, helping minimise dark circles under the eyes.   

Popular Ways To Use Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

When it comes enjoying the many benefits of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, we recommend topical application or inhalation via a diffuser.   

Topical Application

To receive the many benefits of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil, dilute a few drops into a carrier oil and apply to the skin using the below methods: 

  • Add a few drops of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil to your carrier oil of choice, such as Jojoba or Macadamia, at a 2-4% dilution. 
  • For facial application, use the same method at a 1% dilution. 


To experience the benefits of Lemon Myrtle Oil through inhalation, add a few drops into an aromatherapy diffuser. To do so: 

  1. Add some water to the diffuser basin 
  2. Add roughly 5 drops of Lemon Myrtle Oil 
  3. Plug in and start your diffuser 
  4. Enjoy! 

4 Common Ways To Use Lemon Myrtle Oil

Now you know the many benefits Lemon Myrtle Oil can bring to your mind, body and home, you might be wondering how to practically incorporate it into your routine.  

Some of the most popular ways to use Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil include: 

1. Mix With Vinegar For A Natural Surface Cleaner

To create an all-natural surface cleaner, simply add ½ cup white vinegar and 10-15 drops of Lemon Myrtle Oil in a bottle and shake well before use.  

2. Use It In Your Wash To Keep Clothes Fresh

Mix a few drops of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil with your washing detergent to give your clothes a pleasant, fresh smell.  

3. Add A Few Drops Into Your Bath To Soothe Sore Muscles

For those wanting to ease inflammation, muscle spasms and soreness, add a few drops of Lemon Myrtle Oil to a warm bath.  

4. Combine With A Carrier Oil For A Calming Face Serum

To create a Lemon Myrtle infused skin serum, simply add a few drops to a your choice of carrier oil. Apply the mixture to affected areas using a cotton ball and allow the serum to absorb into the skin.

What Can I Mix Lemon Myrtle Oil With?

Lemon Myrtle Oil is a versatile oil that blends well with most scents, particularly citrus. Some popular diffuser blends include: 

To Cleanse The Air

To Calm The Nerves

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

The calming, balancing properties of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil blend well with Lemon Myrtle for a relaxing scent.

Orange Sweet Essential Oil

The refreshing and uplifting scent of Sweet Orange Oil blends well with Lemon Myrtle Oil's citrus-y sweet scent.

Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil

Cinnamon Bark and Lemon Myrtle are two oil's known for their natural clensing abilities, making them great for home cleaning.

How Do You Know If You Have Quality Lemon Myrtle Oil?

Not all lemon essential oils are of the highest standard, so it’s important to look for a quality, 100% pure Lemon Myrtle Oil in order to enjoy its benefits to their full potential.  

So, to find a quality Lemon Myrtle Oil, look for the following features when purchasing: 

Top 6 Things To Look For

  1. Look for Lemon Myrtle Oil’s Latin name, Backhousia citriodora, listed on the bottle. If a product doesn’t have the Latin name listed, it’s probably a mix of synthetic ‘fragrance oils’. 
  2. The oil is packaged in a dark glass bottle. This will prevent light and heat from damaging the oil.  
  3. The label clearly states ‘100% pure Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil’. This will ensure the product isn’t blended with any other oils.  
  4. Be sure to check the expiry date if buying in store 
  5. The product clearly states where the oil is from. 
  6. Be wary of a very low price. It could be an indicator of low quality or adulterated essential oils. 

At AWO, our Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil is sourced from Australia and isn’t diluted with any other ingredients. This means you’re getting exactly what you pay for, 100% pure Lemon Myrtle Oil naturally extracted via steam distillation.  

Considerations For Using Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil

While rare, some potential side effects that can arise as a result of Lemon Myrtle Oil use can include skin sensitivity and irritations. For this reason, we always recommend performing a skin patch test before incorporating Lemon Myrtle Oil into your routine.  

Essential Oils like Lemon Myrtle Oil are highly concentrated, powerful oils and have the ability to cause serious harm if ingested without the necessary expertise. For this reason, ingestion of essential oils is NOT recommended for the general public.  

We also recommend storing your Lemon Myrtle Oil in a cool, dry place at room temperature, ensuring it is not directly exposed to sunlight and out of reach of children or pets.  

What Customers Are Saying About Lemon Myrtle Oil

“This oil is gorgeous. The smell is so fresh and the uses are endless. I get so many comments, especially about my car diffuser”
Mel (Verified Customer)

“I love this product, it’s the best on the market and believe me, I’ve tried just about every brand. Ive started buying the biggest size bottle available because I use it daily. My home smells amazing, visitors always comment on it and its an Australian brand so bonus points for that too!”
Teri (Verified Customer)

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