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Lemon Eucalyptus oil is derived from a lemon-scented blue gum eucalyptus plant, a tall tree with smooth bark. With many topical benefits, Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil provides powerful antioxidant support to the skin.
The Australian Aboriginals considered lemon eucalyptus a fever-reducer, a solution for gastric problems, and a remedy for infectious diseases. The same herb is used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine in steam for clearing nasal congestion, easing symptoms of colds, flu, and asthma. A paste of the leaves was used in various cultures to heal wounds, skin infections, blisters, joint and other rheumatic pains, and fungal infections.
Of all essential oils researched as an insect repellent, lemon eucalyptus has shown outstanding results. Lemon eucalyptus oil is an ingredient in many commercial mosquito repellents. Studies have shown this ingredient to be equally effective to Deet.
Add a few drops to a diffuser to clear the air and breathe easier.
Try adding a few drops of the oil into a bowl of steaming water, cover your head with a towel and breathe in deeply.
Add around 30 drops of lemon eucalyptus oil to your mixing container, followed by one teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 4 ounces of witch hazel (you can also use rubbing alcohol, vodka, or cooking oil). Mix it all up and pour it into a spray bottle, and your homemade mosquito spray is ready.
Cautions and contraindications:
This oil is often reported as toxic to cats as are all essential oils. External use only. Do not use undiluted. Avoid eye area and if epileptic or pregnant. Information provided does not substitute for professional advice and care.