Lemons are universal. Practically everyone knows what a lemon is, but what does it do?
The origin of the lemon is unknown; however, lemons are thought to have first grown in a region in northeast India, and northern China. Investigations throughout time of the hereditary birthplace of the lemon found it to be half between a bitter orange and citron. It is believed that lemon trees were first introduced in Europe around 200 A.D.
Lemons are so much more than an ornamental plant, which is what it was first cultivated as. Lemons have a ton of health benefits associated with them, which is why everyone should have lemon essential oil in their home.
Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the peel. Did you know it requires about 3,000 lemons to make 1000 ml of lemon essential oil, botanically known as Citrus limon.
Lemon oil has a ton of health properties including:
- Anti-rheumatic – relieves pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis.
- Anti-inflammatory– lemon oil is a strong anti-inflammatory making it useful in reducing inflammation.
- Anti-oxidant– lemon essential oil is powerful in helping to prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants.
- Cicatrizant – heals various wounds.
- Expectorant – helps in expelling phlegm.
- Anti-bacterial – strongly active against bacteria.
- Anti-fungal – helps in killing mold and common fungi.
- Carminative – promotes release of intestinal gas and bloating.
- Rubefacient – reduces redness on skin caused by dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation.
- Diaphoretic – increases sweating naturally.
- Hypotensive – lowers high blood pressure.
- Insecticide – drives away many insects and kills many of them.
- Anti-pyretic – reduces or prevents fever.
- Anti-septic – prevents infections in wounds, cuts and scrapes.
- Anti-sclerotic – relieves and prevents multiple sclerosis.
- Stimulant – increase alertness, attention, and energy, as well as elevates blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration.
- Antinociceptive – reduces the sensation of pain by blocking the path of pain along a nerve.
- Cleanser – effectively cleans any surface of dirt, grease and germs.
- Anti-viral – helps the body in killing certain types of viruses.
Some advantages to using lemon essential oil are:
Cleanses and Purifies the Air
Due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties, lemon oil is an amazing air purifier. Add 10-15 drops to your diffuser
Disinfects and Sanitizes Surfaces
For the same reasons noted above, it works wonders to disinfect and sanitize your surfaces kitchen and bathroom counters.
Due to its high anti-oxidant levels, this is a great essential oil to boost the body's immunity. It detoxifies the organs, cleans the lymphatic system, and can assist in reducing the likelihood of disease.
If also helps to support a healthy respiratory function. Great for allergies, asthma or cold/flu season.
Add 4-6 drops to a bowl of hot water for a steam inhalation to help with colds, congestion and coughs. Breathe in slowly.
Removes Toenail Fungus
Lemon oil effectively gets rid of toenail fungus.
Make a foot bath to soak in. Boil some water, and when it is warm to touch, add approximately 15-30 drops of lemon essential oil. Soak your feet for 15 minutes.
Promotes a Positive Mood
Lemon essential oil is a great emotional balancer in that it is uplifting to the mind and body when inhaled.
It helps combat feelings of depression, as well as reduced stress and anxiety while boosting energy levels.
Add some to your diffuser throughout your day to keep your mood elevated, or when you have the blahs.
Due to its anti-septic properties, lemon oil is great at resolving minor skin infections.
It also carries astringent properties which helps strengthen and firm up skin, while decreasing acne. Ensure you mix your lemon oil with a carrier oil if you are applying it topically. 15 ml carrier oil to 9 drops lemon oil works great!
Works as an Anti-Inflammatory
Helps to decrease pain and inflammation levels within the body, helping those who suffer from arthritis, rheumatism and gout.
For joint pain make an oil pack.
Take 1 ounce of castor carrier oil, which is beneficial for joint pain, then add 6 – 8 drops of lemon oil.
Apply this oil all around the painful joint in generous amounts. Cover the joint with a cotton cloth soaked in castor oil. Leave the pack on until you start to feel the inflammation and pain go down.
Castor oil is extremely high in ricin oleic acid, which is thought to be responsible for its health promoting abilities. While castor oil is said to have health benefits, the castor seed itself can be deadly and internal use of even castor oil warrants caution.
The oil slowly gets absorbed into skin right above the joint. This provides relief from inflammation on the skin, swelling and redness.
You should be able to notice significant reduction in redness on the painful joint. You can make compresses for any kind of joint pain or for inflammation.
Lemon oil is helpful in reducing or eliminating cellulite.
Take a bowl of coffee grounds. Add 2 tablespoon olive oil and about 10 drops of lemon oil. Mix them together.
Massage this on cellulite skin firmly. The skin may look a bit inflamed, but do not worry, this is what stimulates the regeneration of connective tissue. You can also invest in a dry brush - it exfoliates and gets lymph and blood moving.
Lemon oil increases blood flow to the region.
Here are a couple of great recipes to use with lemon essential oil.
Cleaning Wood Polish:
Mix the following ingredients and add to a spray bottle.
Spray on wood and wipe clean.
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
30-40 drops Lemon essential oil
Exhilarating Citrus Diffuser Blend:
Mix the following ingredients into an amber glass bottle.
Add 10-15 drops into your diffuser.
5 drops orange essential oil
5 drops pink grapefruit essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
3 drops lime essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil contains limonene, which is prone to oxidation. Once limonene starts oxidizing, the therapeutic properties of this oil reduce. Make certain you purchase your oils from a certified professional of aromatherapy, who can ensure you are getting top quality oils that are fresh.
As with anything, there are pre-cautions that you need to be aware of. Avoid contact with direct sunlight for 12+ hours after use, if you are using lemon oil topically. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Keep away from children. Always speak to a doctor before using any essential oil. Be sure to use essential oils from a certified aromatherapist or aromatologist; not all oils are created equally. Only a certified professional can direct you properly and safely.
Marian Simone is a Certified Clinical Aromatologist with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists. Mistico Mimi is offering this great oil as the August's "Essential Oil of the Month".
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