Lemon Eucalyptus Essential Oil

This eucalyptus essential oil has a more lemony and pungent smell than you might think which calms nerves and scares away mosquitoes. 

Lemon eucalyptus is distinguished by its remarkable anti-inflammatory power, it is recommended for massage in case of joint or muscle pain. Thanks to its citronellal content, lemon eucalyptus has powerful anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antispasmodic and analgesic effects. Citronellal modulates the body's immune response when it undergoes an inflammatory attack and alleviates the sensations of heat and the resulting redness. It calms digestive or respiratory muscle spasms - involuntary contractions of the muscles - and it notably inhibits prostaglandin, a substance responsible for the contractions of the uterus. Finally, it soothes skin pain such as itching or eczema. 

Lemon eucalyptus is an excellent insect repellent and acaricide because citronellal and citronellol repel insects and kill some mosquito larvae. They also help soothe insect bites. It is also antifungal and to a lesser extent antibacterial. It makes a good airborne antiseptic and is effective against Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella typhi.

Finally, lemon eucalyptus oil has hypotensive and sedative properties because citronellal is a negative molecule which means that it has soothing properties. it acts on certain neurotransmitters - molecules allowing the transfer of nerve information - and it dilates the walls of blood vessels which lowers blood pressure.

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