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Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the peel of fresh lemons (Citrus limon Osbeck) using a “cold-pressing” process that pricks and rotates the peel as oil is released. Lemon essential oil is a completely natural ingredient that also serves as a home health remedy. Lemon Essential Oil is also known by the nickname “Liquid Sunshine!” The name Lemon is derived from either the Arabic word “laimun” or the Persian word “limun,” both meaning “citrus fruit.” The main constituents of Lemon Essential Oil are: Limonene, α-Pinene, Camphene, β-Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, α-Terpinene, Linalool, β -bisabolene, trans-α-Bergamotene, Nerol, and Neral.
- Both the Lemon fruit and the essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicines for thousands of years to treat a vast range of health issues.
- Lemon Oil possibly has the most powerful anti-microbial activity of all the essential oils.
- Lemon Essential Oil is known to be invigorating, cleansing, and purifying.
- Lemon Oil can boost energy and metabolism, enhance moods, and disinfect skin and surfaces.
The uses for Lemon Essential Oil are abundant, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. Its many forms include oils, gels, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and sprays.
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 Oil can reduce the appearance of cellulite, and in face washes it can act as a tightening and toning astringent that reduces the amount of oil production. 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, which can facilitate easier decision making. 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.
Bath: Enjoy a refreshing bath by adding a few drops to cold or lukewarm water for a gentle,
natural body cleansing
Massage: Add a few drops to suitable carrier oil like Olive, Almond or Coconut and massage
gently to relieve headache and body pain.
Air freshener: Diffuse a few drops of Essential oil to uplift your spirit and get a happiness boost.
Dilute with water and spray to freshen up a room.
Inhalation: Direct inhalation from the bottle helps ease stress and fatigue. It also helps in reducing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Hair care: Adding a few drops of Lemon oil to your Shampoo or Hair Conditioner gives a refreshing boost to your hair by making it strong, healthy and shiny. It also helps prevent dandruff and lice.
Skin care: Add a few drops of Lemon oil to your facial cleanser to remove excess oil and create a fresh, clear complexion.
Home care: It is a Natural disinfectant. Mopping floor with Lemon oil diluted with water repels bugs, flies, insects, ticks, mites besides giving a pleasant aroma.
For External use only
Never use Lemon Essential Oil undiluted over skin. Discontinue use if you suffer an allergic reaction. In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water. If you are pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your Physician.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat. Close the bottle tightly after use. Keep away from children.