Lemon-Scented Eucalyptus or Eucalyptus Citriodora is often used in soaps and detergents to add freshness and is commonly the active citronellal ingredient in natural mosquito and insect repellants. Useful as a fungicidal against athlete's foot and other fungal infections. Eucalyptus globulus and radiata have a higher pinene content and are more useful in steam inhalations for respiratory congestion.
Aromatherapy/Home Use example:
Add 3 drops Eucalyptus Citriodora, 3 drops Lemongrass, and 3 drops Peppermint to 300ml water in a diffuser to ward off insects. Alternatively, dilute 2 drops each of the blend above into 10ml Sweet Almond or Coconut oil and apply a very light coating to exposed areas of skin. Avoid the eyes, nostrils and mouth (mucous membranes).
Safety: Not compatible with homeopathic treatment. Possible sensitisation in sensitive individuals. Eucalyptus oil is toxic if taken internally, and can be fatal.