LEMON MYRTLE OIL

Lemon Myrtle Oil

Lemon myrtle is endemic to subtropical rainforests of central and south-eastern Queensland, Australia, with a natural distribution from Mackay to Brisbane. Other common names are sweet verbena tree, sweet verbena myrtle, (lemon scented verbena is another species), and lemon scented backhousia.

Lemon myrtle has been traditionally used by indigenous Australians for cooking and healing. More recently, lemon myrtle leaves are used as a dry or fresh herb in food applications and the essential oil (EO) used as a flavoring agent in food and beverages. The leaf of the lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is steam distilled to produce the EO. Lemon myrtle EO is known for its characteristic lemon flavor and the major chemical component contributing to the aroma is citral. The EO has broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and is very effective against fungi and has increased the potential of using the EO in food preservation and treatment of postharvest diseases in fruits. This chapter covers the use of lemon myrtle EO in food and agriculture applications, general usage, botanical aspects, and chemical composition.

Backhousia Citriodora

Backhousia Citriodora Leaf Oil

Clear Mobile Liquid, Colorless to Pale Yellow

Healing, Flavouring, Antibacterial And Antifungal,

Steam Distillation

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