Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) leaf oil is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae. The common name reflects the strong lemon smell of the crushed leaves.
The oil is a popular ingredient in health care and cleaning products, especially soaps, lotions, skin-whitening preparations and shampoos.
The leaves of lemon myrtle are rich in essential oil, most of which is made up terpenoid aldehydes such as citral.
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