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Lemon Myrtle pure essential oil (Certified organic)

Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) has a delicious fresh, lemon fragrance.  It has potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties similar to tea tree oil.  It was given the botanical name Backhousia citriodora in 1853 after the English botanist, James Backhouse.   

It can reach 6 m (20 ft) in height, but is often smaller. The leaves are evergreen, 5–12 centimetres (2.0–4.7 in) long and 1.5–2.5 cm (0.59–0.98 in) broad, glossy green, with an entire margin. The flowers are creamy-white, 5–7 mm (0.20–0.28 in) in diameter, produced in clusters at the ends of the branches from summer through to autumn, after petal fall the calyx is persistent.

The common name 'Lemon Myrtle' reflects the strong lemon smell of the crushed leaves. "Lemon scented myrtle" was the primary common name until the shortened trade name, "Lemon myrtle", was created by the native foods industry to market the leaf for culinary use. Lemon myrtle is now the more common name for the plant and its products.