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Composition of Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil


Lemon Myrtle essential oil is a complex, composite oil containing over 50 different chemical compounds. Citrals have been identified by gas chromatography to be the dominant constituents of this fascinating oil.


A list of major oil components and their typical concentrations are shown below:

Quantitative analysis of Lemon Myrtle essential oil components by Gas Chromatography

Peak number         Compound                      % (m/m)

       1                   B-Myrcene                          0.9 2
       2                   6-methyl-5hepten-2-one      0.32
       3                   Linalool                              1.61
       4                   Citronellal                           0.17
       5                   Cis-Isocitral                         2.54
       6                   Trans-Isocitral                     3.55
       7                   Nerol                                 0.34
       8                   Cis-Isogeraniol                    0.63
       9                   Neral                                37.19
      10                  Geraniol                             1.38
      11                  Geranial                            43.95
      12                  Neryl Acetate                      1.07
      13                  Eugenol                              0.50

The major chemical and physical specifications of Lemon Myrtle essential oil are defined in the Australian Standard
AS 4941-2001.


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