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Lemon Myrtle oil for molluscum contagiosum treatment

Oct 4, 2017 | All

Our experience using lemon myrtle oil for molluscum

I’d never heard of molluscum contagiosum before. That was until my eczema & allergy girl came home from school with these strange pearl like spots. She was not sick with the arrival of this nasty virus. No temperatures, tummy or bowel upset that usually heralds the arrival of a school acquired virus. She had them for about 2weeks when we had our regular pediatrician appointment. He took one look & announed “Oh its just mollucum, nothing to worry about, just a bit annoying they should clear by themselves in a month or so.” I later found that people with immune disorders such as eczema & allergies usually take a lot longer to clear the virus. So 12 months later, showing no signs of going on their merry way I started to do some research.

So what is Molluscum Contagiosum or Molluscum?

Its called Molluscum Contagiosum Virus. Thats right it’s a virus & contagiosum is because it’s highly contagious. The virus enters the body through small cuts or breaks, which makes it easily transferred to someone with eczema. It can be spread from person to person in the same areas or different parts of the body. It can be spread by sharing pools, baths, toys & towels to name a few.

What do molluscum look like?

Lemon myrtle oil for molluscumAt first, the molluscum spots appear like pimples. They then become round, pearl coloured lumps that have a white waxy core in the centre. They are usually only one to five millimetres in size. But have been recorded as being as big as two centimetres. Usually they appear on the trunk, arms, legs & face.

Our pediatrician suggested trying Lemon Myrtle oil for molluscum treatment:

But as with any new treatment for my daughter i was hesitant. My daughter has eczema & anaphylaxis allergies so I am always cautious before going ahead with any new treatment. Suggested by a Doctor or not. So I did what all eczema & allergy mums do, I researched.

Research on Lemon Myrtle Oil for Molluscum treatment:

Of course there were a million articles scattered through the internet about how the Lemon Myrtle essential oil cured their child of mollscum. I am medically trained though, I need proof! I know people who had “cured” their child’s eczema with goats milk soap too & sadly it my daughters worse. so further down the rabbit hole I went.

I found a study conducted by Charles Sturt University – In 2001 and 2002 at Wagga Wagga demonstrated and published that Lemon Myrtle essential oil was more antifungal than Tea Tree and as anti-bacterial as Tea Tree. Given that the molluscum is spread by skin contact I thought this had to be a positive attribute in its ability to fight this pesky virus.

I also found a few small studies (mostly by essential oil companies) stating Lemon myrtle oil contains antiseptic, expectorant, analgesic, astringent, anti-rheumatic and antineuralgic properties. Again all useful properties when trying to fight the molluscum contagiosum virus.

I found small trials demonstrating Lemon Myrtle essential oil was effective in treating listeria, staphylococcus aureus, E-Coli & acne infections. And a 2201 study from Japan suggesting it was useful in the treatment of the herpes simplex virus.

The most encouraging trial in the use of Lemon myrtle oil for molluscum was

A trial reporting “at the end of 21 days, there was greater than 90% reduction in the number of lesions in 9/16 children treated with lemon myrtle oil. While 0/16 children met the same criteria for improvement in the vehicle group (P < 0.05). No adverse events were reported”. You can read more here 

While still a small study & with the encouragement of our pediatrician I decided we really had nothing to lose.

How we used Lemon myrtle oil for molluscum contagiosum treatment:

After reading a study published in the May 2004 “biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy” journal which showed a topical application with 10 percent solution of lemon myrtle essential oils reduced by 90 percent the number of lesions of molluscum contagiosum in children studied. With my daughters eczema, I decided to mix a solution of 5% lemon myrtle essential oil with 95% Epaderm ointment as our carrier. You can of course use coconut oil, olive oil or whichever oil works well for your skin.

Even though baths are not recomended for people with Mollsucim contagiosum, I decided to bath my daughter with 2% lemon myrtle oil & 98% water soluble bath oil. Please note she did bathe alone. I bathed other children first (who did & have remained mollscum free) then bathed my infected daughter.

I washed her towel and pajamas everyday, her sheets once a week. I also put Lemon Myrtle oil or a little Dettol in the rinse cycle of the wash. She wore her Eczemawear mittened T at night to stop her scratching them in her sleep & spreading the infection. She also had to keep her spots covered while at school, visiting family & friends.

After using lemon myrtle oil for mollscum treatment

Did it work?

Well yes it did!
For us it was very slow, but we did get results. They were reducing but as my daughter was becoming increasingly agitated with them I decided to step her treatment up. We also contacted a Naturopath who had success with Lemon Myrtle oil & neem oil for molluscum.  Using these treatments and after a year of battling this awful virus.

As you can see they have left their mark. Some of them had two “cores” which I have been told is rare. Our pediatrician did advise that she may be left with “chicken pox like” scars, but once the cores were expelled (See picture right) the wounds have started to heal. I am confident she will be left with no scar.


Things you need to know before using Lemon myrtle oil for molluscum treatment:  

Always consult your healthcare professional, especially if you have eczema or allergies. Although I have not read of any adverse reactions to Lemon Myrtle oil, I highly recommend patch testing before adding it to your daily routine. I mixed up the Lemon Myrtle oil with Epaderm, tested on a patch of my daughter’s skin & left for 24hrs before proceeding. As she had no reaction I progressed.   Keep out of reach of children, store away from direct sunlight, store below 30 degrees.



  1. Amanda Castillo

    Was there a specific brand of the Lemon myrtle oil you used? My daughter has these as well and is spreading. We are trying our darnest to find the best ways to avoid spreading, but she is 5 and it is difficult. She is a thumbsucker too, and now I think there may be one in her mouth. We started applying NO BITE nail polish to her finger nails in hoping to stop the spread there. I will not use the oil in her mouth of course, but am hoping it will help her in the other areas.

    • Allerchic

      HI Amanda,
      I used the Byron Refresh brand, which is why we now stock it. But really any pure Lemon Myrtle oil should do. I just want to say again that you MUST patch test any new treatment before using to make you do not react. You could try mixing it with coconut oil.
      There have of course been people that this didn’t work for, but for us covering up my daughters hands so she couldn’t scratch & regular application (painting on with a cotton tip) got her to expel the cores.

      • Stephen

        I used Lemmon myrtle with tea tree oil and dmso and frankwnsense and myrrh .

        • Cathy

          Hi Stephen – how much of each essential oil did you add to the DMSO?
          thank you!

          • Allerchic

            Trial & Error Cathy, how many drops worked for us, other patients have needed less, so its trial & error. I would start with only oneor two drops & patch test for irritation

  2. Deepika Vijayvergiya

    Nice to heard that you finally free from this virus. My son had few bumps on his face . He is 2.5 year old.I used dr wheatgrass cream. It helps but again progress is slow. I get rid of one bumps and suddenly new bumps appear. It is so frustrating. Let’s give me a try with lekin Myrtle oil.
    All the best and hope my son also get free from this.

  3. Jennifer

    Hi We are in the middle of this yucky virus. When you say stepped up your treatments what dis that mean? Just switching to neem oil instead of the epiderm ointment?

    • Allerchic

      We did a combination of lemon Myrtle & Neem oil painted on (with a cotton tip – one per lesion) painted as as much as we could (on weekends hourly, other days 4th hourly). The key is getting the body to expel the cores.

      • Samantha Terry

        Did you dilute the neem oil or use it as a carrier with lemon myrtle? This is the first time I’m using oils and my 3 y/o son has the molluscum lesions around his lower eye, nose bridge and eyelid.

        • Allerchic

          Yes it was in a carrier oil but I would not be using it so close to the eye. Be very careful with any essential oil around the eyes

        • geeta

          Hi Samantha, how did this work for your son? My granddaughter has these near the eyes , lips and the bridge of her nose.

      • Keny

        My daughter had this on her leg. It started spreading and was told by my doctor it would go away in a year. I decided to treat it with a mix of oregano, neem, and tea tree oil and it went away within 2 months. No scars were left.

  4. Louise

    We’ve been trying 5% lemon myrtle oil (with sunflower oil) on our 4yo (after our doctor suggested surgical intervention!), along with 5mg/kg/day oral zinc (elemental) – we’re using gluconate because it was easiest to obtain and we split into 2 doses (capsule content mixed with chocolate spread!) with breakfast and supper.
    My (allergic) son was covered top to toe in molluscum bumps. They were literally everywhere – face, limbs, torso, anal/genital region…
    After just one month he’s left with just a few of the very largest bumps on his backside. At this rate, we hope he will be completely clear in another month.

    • Allerchic

      That is awesome Louise!

    • Alyssa

      Did you apply the lemon myrtle to his genital area as well? My son has them the most there . Or was that more of what the zinc helped with?

  5. Katherine Reed

    How many drop of oil should I try on a bath of water for my 9 year old daughter

    • Allerchic

      Its trial & error Katherine,
      I think I used about 5/6drops in a full bath

  6. Vanessa

    Hi – I just came across your account after being at my whit’s end trying to heal my 8 year old’s molluscum. We first noticed 4 bumps on her arm at the beginning of the year, and they quickly spread to her stomach and her legs. It’s so frustrating. Our doctor also said she might have scarring when this is all said and done and when she heard that she was so upset. I’m determined that she won’t have that. I wanted to follow up to see how your daughter is doing and if she ended up with any scarring at all. I’m going to start lemon myrtle oil a shot because so far nothing else has worked.

    • Allerchic

      Hi Vanessa,
      She did end up with a few pox type marks, not so much scars. These can be seen in the after picture.
      Goodluck, its a horrid virus

  7. Shanna

    We used lemon Myrtle on a atop straight up, and dabbed it in each spot. If it burned a bit, we slathered coconut oil over the area. My daughter also has eczema. They cleared up fairly quick! I don’t recall
    Now if it was 1-3 weeks… but Under a month for certain!

  8. Jen

    How many drops of lemon myrtle oil would put in a 10 ml bottle if I’m diluting 10 percent? How about 5 percent?

  9. Nellie

    How do I apply it? Dab it with a cotton swab and cover it with a cotton wrap or do I not cover it? I have my child wear a long sleeve shirt. Do I “pop” or clean out those that have a white head?

  10. Yogita Sharma

    My daughter 24 has few mollasscum bumbs on her face. how i put lemonmyrtle oil. please suggest

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