IN SHORT...(for those who don't have time to read it all)
Lemon Essential Oil has possibly the most powerful anti-microbial activity of all the essential oils
Both the fruit and the essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years to treat a huge range of health issues
Lemon Essential Oil is known to be invigorating, cleansing and purifying
Lemon Essential Oil can boost energy and metabolism, enhance your mood and disinfect skin and surfaces very effectively
Lemon Essential Oil is also known by the nickname “Liquid Sunshine!”
HISTORY OF LEMON OIL
Due to its yellow colour, refreshing scent, ability to purify, and for the burst of energy that it provides, Lemon Essential Oil has earned the nickname “Liquid Sunshine.” This oil has possibly the most powerful anti-microbial activity of all the essential oils. Small and evergreen, Lemon trees are considered to be a cross between Bitter Orange and Citron and were originally grown for decorative purposes with the fruit remaining on the tree. Once the fruit’s resourcefulness was discovered, it began to be cultivated.
Both the fruit and the essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat a vast range of health issues. Lemon Essential Oil is used today in perfumery, in culinary practices, and to relieve mental exhaustion while improving concentration and cognitive function.
Lemon trees are native to Asia and were used by not only ancient Indians but also Egyptians and Romans to treat infections and diseases. Lemon trees are believed to have been brought to Europe in the Middle Ages and eventually made their way from the Middle East to North Africa and eventually, they were introduced to America by Christopher Columbus. At this time, due to their antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties, sailors also used them while sailing to protect themselves against the ravages of scurvy and vitamin deficiencies.
The name Lemon is derived from the Arabic word “laimun” meaning “citrus fruit.”
HOW IS LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL CULTIVATED, HARVESTED AND EXTRACTED
Lemon trees have dark green leaves that are oval in shape and are serrated around the edges. They grow to a height of approximately 6 meters (20 feet) and grow highly aromatic flowers that are usually pink or white in colour. The fruit of these trees are green and gradually become yellow as they ripen. Compared to other citrus trees, Lemon trees are highly sensitive to the cold and will become dormant at temperatures below 13 ᵒC (55 ᵒF), they will require protection against frost. They need full sunlight in order to grow and thrive.
Lemons are hand-picked. They are usually picked while they are still green and unripe, as they ripen and turn yellow while they are being transported to the essential oil production facility. The pulp also produces more juice in the interim.
Lemon Essential Oil is obtained by the cold compression of the fresh lemon fruit rind, which contain volatile oil glands. Approximately 1000 lemons are needed to produce 16ozs of Lemon Essential Oil. After extraction the oil has a thin, watery viscosity, a pale, greenish-yellow colour, and gives off a sharp yet fresh fragrance, which can largely be attributed to the chemical constituent Limonene.
BENEFITS OF LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
Lemon Essential Oil’s active chemical components contribute to the therapeutic benefits that give it the reputation of being an invigorating, cleansing, and purifying oil. These constituents make it ideal for use in cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, and home cleaning products and to purify the air as well as surfaces. These healing benefits can be attributed to the oil’s anti-inflammatory, astringent, analgesic, stimulant, antiseptic, soothing, energizing, and balancing activities, among other valuable properties.
Used topically after dilution in a carrier oil or in a skin care product, Lemon Essential Oil boosts circulation, metabolism, and digestive function. It relieves constipation and can reduce blood pressure as well as cellulite. It can inhibit or soothe inflammation such as headaches and can ease the discomfort associated with arthritis.
Its anti-bacterial properties can sanitise most objects. Its astringent properties can rejuvenate dull complexions, making Lemon Essential Oil effective for restoring the luster of tired or sagging skin. It's high vitamin content boosts immunity by stimulating the body’s ability to combat harmful bacteria.
Used in aromatherapy, it can reduce fever and flu and relieve throat infections and coughs. By clearing the nasal passages, it promotes easier breathing for those with respiratory issues or infections. This rejuvenating, clean-smelling essential oil is commonly used to enhance concentration and energy. When diffused indoors, Lemon Essential Oil eliminates toxins in both the air and on surfaces. It can be used as a non-toxic cleaner and air freshener throughout the home for a mood-elevating, cooling, and revitalising effect. It has a calming effect that can help with negative moods such as anxiety.
USES OF LEMON OIL
The uses for Lemon Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and sprays and is widely used in homemade products.
When diluted and used topically in cosmetic products, Lemon Essential Oil provides skin with many benefits such as a complexion that looks vibrant and feels healthy and smooth. It can be added to massage blends or diluted in relaxing baths to moisturize chapped skin, relieve fatigue and flu symptoms, boost energy and metabolism, enhance the mood, and generally tone the body. In creams or lotions, Lemon Essential Oil can reduce the appearance of cellulite, and in face washes it can act as a tightening and toning astringent. Used in hair products, Lemon Essential Oil works as a tonic that helps achieve hair that is strong and healthy-looking. Lemon Oil removes dandruff and leaves hair shiny without looking or feeling greasy. To balance oil production on the scalp, Lemon Oil can be diluted with Apple Cider Vinegar and water to create a hair rinse.
In aromatherapy, Lemon Essential Oil can be used to relieve cold and flu symptoms, depression, and stress, among other ailments. Diffusing Lemon Oil can clear nasal passages and lungs and boost energy levels. In a similar vein, it can release feelings of irritation by uplifting moods and it can improve concentration by clearing the mind. To relieve allergies, combine Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils and rub the blend on the bottoms of feet and behind the neck daily. Lemon Essential Oil can be added to natural homemade scented candles or potpourri to steadily diffuse a diluted yet refreshing scent.
As a household cleaner, Lemon Essential Oil acts as a natural disinfectant. Dilute Lemon Essential Oil in a spray bottle filled with water and spray it onto shower walls, windows, wooden furniture, metal surfaces, and countertops to eliminate mold and achieve a streak-free shine. Lemon Oil can also be blended with Tea Tree Oil and again diluted in water and vinegar to create a cleaning spray. For its antiseptic quality, Lemon Essential Oil can be added to homemade soaps.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE BENEFITS OF LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
It is widely believed that Lemon Essential Oil can help in multiple ways including:
⦁ Smooth dry skin
⦁ Relieve fatigue
⦁ Boost energy
⦁ Enhance metabolism
⦁ Tone the body
⦁ Reduce appearance of cellulite
⦁ Balance oil production
⦁ Relieve gas
⦁ Reduce fever
⦁ Balance moods and emotions
⦁ Promote easy breathing
⦁ Purify air and surfaces
⦁ Energize the mind
⦁ Enhance focus
⦁ Cosmetic applications
⦁ Scenting soaps and candles
⦁ Nourish and condition skin and hair
⦁ Cool and revitalize skin
⦁ Cleanse and refresh the air
CONTRAINDICATIONS FOR LEMON OIL
Aromatyc Essential Oils &More does not recommend the ingestion of any essential oil. It is imperative to consult a medical practitioner before using Lemon Essential Oil for therapeutic purposes. Pregnant and nursing women and those taking prescription drugs are especially advised not to use Lemon Essential Oil without the medical advice of a Doctor. The oil should always be stored in an area that is inaccessible to children.
Lemon Essential Oil must be used in dilution, as it can potentially cause skin irritation. Prior to using Lemon Essential Oil, a skin test is recommended. This can be done by diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil, such as Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, or another suitable oil and applying a small amount to a small area of skin that is not sensitive. Once applied topically, sun exposure should be avoided, as Lemon Essential Oil may sensitize the skin to UV rays. Lemon Oil must never be used near the eyes, inner nose, and ears, or on any other particularly sensitive areas of skin.