Citriodora is a lemon-scented invigorating aroma eucalyptus oil used for uplifting feelings of abandonment and mental agitation, poor concentration and confusions. Citriodora Essential oil is extracted from the elongated leaves of the Lemon-scented gum tree, botanically known as Eucalyptus citriodora by steam distillation.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is used in Ayurvedic treatment for asthma, cold, cough, arthritis, hypertension, shingles, migraine pain, rheumatism, wounds, inflammation, bacterial and fungal infections as well as a non-toxic insect repellent for keeping away from mosquitoes, ticks and fleas.
Indigenous to North-Eastern and tropical parts of Australia as about 75% of the trees grown in Australia belongs to the Eucalyptus family, Citriodora is said to be a cross between lemon and eucalyptus varieties. This large evergreen tree grows up to 50 m tall and the broad leaves exhibit a strong lemon and eucalyptus aroma when crushed.
It has a remedial history of being used traditional & modern medicine in the east and west, mainly as an aid for respiratory infections and for keeping insects at bay. Infusion made from its leaves of this tree has been used in reducing fever, treating gastric conditions and fighting microbes causing such infectious diseases in Aboriginal traditions.
Indian Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine use its aromatic leaves in steam inhalation for clearing nasal congestion, easing cold, flu, asthma and sore throat. The leaves’ paste or poultice were also used in healing wounds, cuts, skin infections, sores, cuts, blisters, chicken pox, joint pain, rheumatic pain, fungal infections and other infections.
Lemon eucalyptus oil is a famous ingredient in soaps, aromatic candles, natural insect repellents, lotions, shampoo, toothpastes, deodorants, perfumes, detergents, insecticides, waxes and in products flavoring for a long time.
Remedial properties: Medicinal benefits of Lemon eucalyptus oil are often attributed to its 80% content of citronellal component. Other chemical constituents include citronellol and monoterpenes.
The citronellal constituent of the cultured oil is transformed into cis- and trans- isomers of p-menthane-3,8-diols (PMD), a natural process that happens as the Eucalyptus leaves grow old. This oil is also called Para-menthane-3,8-diol, OLE, PMD, P-menthane Diol, Wild Eucalyptus Citriodora, P-menthane-3,8-Diol, Spotted Gum and Quwenling.
Therapeutic properties of this oil are calmative, insecticide, antibacterial, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic, fungicidal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-rheumatic, germicidal, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and antiseptic.
Ayurvedic health benefits: Indian Ayurveda, meaning ‘the knowledge of life (Ayur-life + Veda-knowledge)’is the oldest healing science methodology on earth.
Ayurvedic principles abide by natural and organic principles and strongly believe that everything in the universe is a part of nature and is built with the same five elements, namely earth, fire, air, water and space.
The most imperative approaches of the Ayurvedic regime are holistic approach, which fervently states that health is a combination of the wellness of the body, psyche and the soul, as clearly stated in Charaka Samhita, the most trusted Ayurvedic encyclopedia that a healthy body is the absolute home for a healthy mind and a pure soul.
Ayurvedic philosophies inis about prevention of illnesses by treating the root cause of a disease instead of the symptoms via natural remedies like herbs, essential oils, meditation, yoga as the key to healing wisdom for health and longevity.
Air purifier and disinfect: Citriodora essential oil has a lemony, fresh, woody and energizing aroma that makes its use imperative in disinfecting, deodorizing and purifying the air. 5 to 10 drops of Citriodora essential oil can be added to your sprayer pump, diffuser, air freshener or vaporizer for killing the microbes in the atmosphere and spreading the magic of freshness around.
Antibacterial: A study on ‘Correlation between chemical composition and antibacterial activity of essential oils of aromatic medicinal plants growing in Congo’ by the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Belgium, established that Eucalyptus citriodora is among the most effective essential oils for antibacterial effects and inhibiting growth of harful bacteria.
Another research on ‘The antibacterial effect of Eucalyptus citriodora essential oil at the Phytochemical Pharmacological and Microbiological Laboratory in India proved that “Citriodora oil is highly active against Alcaligenes fecalis and Proteus mirabilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhimurium, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas testosterone, Bacillus cereus, Citrobacter freundii. Its healing efficiency was said to be equally comparable to powerful Piperacillin and Amikacin antibiotics.”
When tested in a laboratory analysis in comparison with other essential oils possessing synthetic antibiotics against candida, Eucalyptus citriodora oil showed strongest anti-candidal properties.
=>5 drops of Citriodora oil blended with 3 ml of Almond oil applied to infectious wounds, cuts, blisters, boils, ringworm, candida, athlete’s foot, rashes and redness due to insect stings and bites, acne and other skin conditions.
Greater mental clarity & improved concentration: Body imbalances along with other environmental and lifestyle factors result in poor concentration, sluggishness, lack of self-confidence, lonesomeness and mental distress.
Eucalyptus citriodora oil enhances body energy. Adding 3 drops of Citriodora oil in your burner, vaporizer, diffuser or air freshener can help in improving your self-confidence, focus and clarity of thoughts with fresh, citrusy, camphoraceous and woody aroma.
Massaging your body with 10 drops of Citriodora oil mixed with 5 ml of olive oil &/or 3 drops of Citriodora oil to your bath help rejuvenating your mind, body and feelings.
Insects repellent: Eucalyptus citriodora is noted by the FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) as a non-toxic alternate for DEET, a chemical element used in insect repellants, making it unsafe. With a rosy-citronella fragrance and faint lemon undertones, Citriodora essential oil is an ultimate natural remedy for keeping away mosquitoes, bugs, ticks and fleas.
Add 3 – 4 drops of Citriodora oil in lamp oils, diffuser, lotions, sprays, body mists and vaporizers for preventing from the adverse effects of insects and pests, which cause infectious diseases like malaria, dengue & now Zika.
Respiratory infection problems of the respiratory system which become severe when the mucous and phlegm discharges thicken and block the bronchial and nasal passages. Deposits of mucous and phlegm is due to stagnation of water and fluids in the body.
Citriodora essential oil has kapha-reducing properties along with the antiviral and antimicrobial properties that assist in destroying the harmful virus and microbes responsible for making respiratory infections vulnerable. 2 to 3 drops of this oil added to hot water for steam inhalation helps in loosening the phlegm and mucous deposits. By this way it helps in relieving chest congestion, nasal congestion, cough, bronchitis, asthma, sore throat and cold. Adding 2 drops of Lemon eucalyptus oil to your decongesting ointment and gently rubbing on your chest, back and throat can fasten your healing process.
Rheumatic and arthritic pain mainly caused by surplus toxic salt, uric acid and excess water causing improper blood circulation especially in the joints. Citriodora essential oil treats & help regulates its flow in the system.
Massaging the affected parts with 5 drops of Citriodora oil blended with 2.5 ml of coconut oil help eliminating toxins through sweat and urine and enhances blood circulation. This massaging also help treating sore muscles, joint pain, and backache and can also serve as a vitalizing massage for sports people.
It relieves pain and reduces swelling with its heating effect along with its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Adding 2 drops of Citriodora oil in warm bathing water or in hot or cold compress is also another alternative to treat arthritic and rheumatic pain. Performing balanced breathing help in discharging body toxins through exhalation.
Skin and hair: Citriodora leaves and essential oil have long been used in the treatment of skin disorders like burns, scabies, wounds, dermatitis and erysipelas because it has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties that help in combating the growth of hazardous micro-organisms causing skin disorders and wounds, cuts and burns infectious.
Eucalyptus citriodora oil is also a well known shampoos ingredient other hair care formulas.
=>10 drops of Citriodora oil added to 5 ml of coconut oil as natural remedy for dandruff, dry scalp, itching and lice, when massaged gently on the scalp followed by a hair wash with a mild shampoo mixed with 10 drops of Citriodora oil will leave you with a dandruff-free, lice-free, oil-free and clean smelling hair.
Disclaimer: This informatic is for education purpose only and not meant for substituting any prescribed medication or professional advice by your medical practitionner. Do not generally use essential oils internally and always dilute them before using externally. Keep out of reach of children and avoid if you are pregnant or a nursing mother. Ensure that you seek your medical practitioner or healthcare expert’s advice before selecting appropriate essential oils for your health.
Acknowledgements: Derek Hodges/ TAG ARCHIVES: HEALTH BENEFITS OF CITRIODORA ESSENTIAL OIL
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