Lemon is one of the most common oils and is most often cold pressed because of its availability. It has a fresh, clean, familiar smell. Lemon was used by the ancient Romans for stomach upsets and to sweeten the breath, by the British Navy to prevent scurvy, and it is now used for almost everything, from the cure for sore throats and colds to the slice with ice in a glass of fizzy water.
In aromatherapy it is useful for clearing the head, whether you have a cold or are mentally exhausted, for energising an aching body, for boosting circulation, treating cellulite or warming hands and feet.
Origin of Lemon oil
The lemon is a small tree cultivated in California, Florida, Israel and Mediterranean countries.
Properties of Lemon oil
The properties of lemon oil are anti-anemic, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge.
Most common uses
Highly antiseptic and good for all kinds of infection.
Fortifies the nervous system.
Lowers blood pressure.
Good for gallstones.
Helpful when suffering from ulcers.
Purifies the liver.
Good for rheumatic conditions.
Wards off anemia.
Excellent for colds, influenza, sore throats, sinusitis and earache.
Useful in intestinal infections, such as diarrhea.
Useful when slimming.
Good for hand and nail care.
Good for gum diseases, such as gingivitis.
Good for several skin conditions, including warts, freckles, wounds and chilblains.
Mixes well with: all citrus, juniper, cypress, lavender, labdanum, dhavana,
Jatamansi, mints, elemi, petitgrain and Neroli.
Warning : Non-toxic, but can cause skin irritation and sensitizing in some individuals. Since it is phototoxic oil, it should not be used (even in low dilution) before being exposed to the sun.