Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) CO2 Extract
Lemon Myrtle is an Australian tree that can grow as tall as 60-plus feet. While its clustered white flowers are its most eye-catching feature, the tree’s leaves provide its botanical benefits.
Ever crushed a lemon balm leaf and released that fresh, lemony scent? Lemon myrtle leaves are significantly more fragrant, and the plant is thought to have the highest amount of citral – a compound that gives off a citrus scent – of any natural source.
Beyond the fresh scent, citral is also a powerful cleansing agent, making lemon myrtle extract antibacterial and antimicrobial – an excellent natural ingredient for any cleanser.
That being said, if you plan to use this extract in any kind of homemade remedy, be sure to dilute it: the antiseptic nature of the plant makes it highly astringent. Much like tea tree oil, it can be harsh on skin in larger quantities.
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