Lemon

Yellow lemon

Lemon trees were first cultivated in China, then to southern Europe, and finally made their way to the Americas as early as the arrival of Columbus in the 1400s. The fruit has long been associated with freshness and cleanliness and now its aroma is advertised by many products with terms like ‘Lemon scented’ to entice buyers. Many essential oils are produced by distillation but Lemon and other citrus oils come from cold pressing the peel under great pressure. This eliminates the use of any heat and thereby preserves the delicacy of the natural essence. Italy is one of the best sources for the essential oil, Lemon.

Properties

Antibacterial
Antibiotic
Antiseptic
Antiviral
Astringent
Diuretic
Disinfectant

Application

Traditionally, Lemon oil has many uses. It is a powerful antiseptic and can be an effective means to improve circulation. It is a considered to be an excellent antibacterial agent. This makes it well suited for respiratory infections or inflammation. Historically, adding a few drops of Lemon oil to warm water with a sweetener has provided relief for many suffering from coughs or sore throats.

Additionally, its pleasant sweet aroma can be uplifting to lighten any mood as well as cleansing to the environment. One of the easiest ways to receive the remarkable qualities associated with Lemon oil is to diffuse it into the air or utilize direct inhalation from the palms of the hands. Lemon oil can effortlessly be applied to the bottom of the feet or added to a glass of water as a purifier and for a quick energizing boost. Interestingly, Lemon oil has also been known to be strengthening to the fingernails. Simply apply the oil directly onto the nails.

Use 1 – 2 drops of lemon essential oil to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon from counter-tops and clothing.

Put 1 – 2 drops of lemon oil in laundry before wash for cleaner clothes.

Put 6 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle to freshen air or clean surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. Shake before use.

Precautions

Can be a skin irritant over time. Use a skin test. May react to sunlight or UV rays. When using photosensitizing oil, wait a minimum of six hours before exposing skin to UV rays. The stronger and more lengthy the UV ray, the longer the wait should be.