August 29, 2016

Lemon Eucalyptus

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What other names is Lemon Eucalyptus known by?

Citron-Scent Gum, Corymbia citriodora, Eucalipto con Olor a Limón, Eucalipto Limón, Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus Citronné, Eucalyptus à Odeur de Citronnelle, Gomme à Odeur de Citronnelle, Gommier à Odeur de Citronnelle, Lemon Scented Gum, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, OLE, P-menthane Diol, P-menthane-3,8-Diol, Para-menthane-3,8-diol, PMD, Quwenling, Spotted Gum, Wild Eucalyptus Citriodora.

What is Lemon Eucalyptus?

Lemon eucalyptus is a tree. Oil from the leaves is applied to the skin as a medicine and insect repellent.

Lemon eucalyptus oil is used for preventing mosquito and deer tick bites; for treating muscle spasms, toenail fungus (onychomycosis), and osteoarthritis and other joint pain. It is also an ingredient in chest rubs used to relieve congestion.

Likely Effective for...

  • Preventing mosquito bites, when applied to the skin. Lemon eucalyptus oil is an ingredient in some commercial mosquito repellents. It seems to be about as effective as other mosquito repellents including some products that contain DEET. However, the protection offered by lemon eucalyptus oil doesn't seem to last quite as long as DEET.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Preventing tick bites, when applied to the skin. Applying a specific 30% lemon eucalyptus oil extract (Citriodiol) three times daily significantly decreases the number of tick attachments experienced by people who live in tick-infested areas. This specific extract is used in commercial products such as Mosi-guard and Repel Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Toenail fungus (onychomycosis). Developing research suggests that lemon eucalyptus oil, in combination with camphor and menthol, might be useful for treating toenail fungus when applied directly to the affected area. Applying chest rub products containing lemon eucalyptus, such as Vicks VapoRub, to affected toenails daily until the infected nail grows out seems to clear fungal nail infections in some people.
  • Joint pain.
  • Arthritis.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of lemon eucalyptus for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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