Lemon Myrtle

Lemon Myrtle

Melaleuca teretifolia

Background & Origin

Lemon Myrtle is an evergreen shrubby tree native to Queensland rainforests, growing up to 3 meters, with large glossy leaves and fluffy white flowers. Leaves of the plant have been used by hundreds of generations of First Nations Australians as a medicinal and culinary herb. They named the plant “Girri Girri”, meaning “sour”, which aligns with the fact that it is more citrussy than lemons (Konczak, 2009). In fact, lemon myrtle contains the highest level of citral, one of the main citrus aromats, than any other plant on earth (Lim et al., 2022) making it an excellent natural citrus fragrance.


The essential oils of lemon myrtle possess significant antimicrobial activity, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity (Shim et al., 2020; Kang et al., 2020), and its healing properties are recognized by the US FDA and Australian TGA. In fact, its antioxidant potency is close to that of vitamin C (Shim et al, 2020). Aromatherapy oils and body care products incorporate lemon myrtle oil to not only condition and clear the skin and soft tissues, but leave it with a lingering fragrance that helps with restfulness and alertness.


For Normal, dry & combination skin, except for people allergic to myrtles.

Uses in our products

Antioxidant, mood-enhancing, skin smoothing, deodorizing, fragrancing, freshening.

Featured In

  1. Konczak et al. Health Benefits of Australian Native Foods, RIRDC 2009, Pub. No. 09/133.
  2. Kang et al. Food Sci Biotechnol. 2020 Aug 29;29(10):1425-1432.
  3. Lim et al. Molecules. 2022 Jul 31;27(15):4895.
  4. Shim et al. Toxicol Rep. 2020 Jan 27;7:277-281.