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Lemon (Citrus limon)

What is Lemon?

The lemon is native to Asia and is questionable as to whether it was China or India where it originated. Ayurvedic medicine has been using lemon essential oil for over 1,000 years to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions.

It is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world. Like other citrus essential oils, lemon oil is usually cold pressed from the rinds of lemons. It is a great source for vitamins and helps with digestion. Lemon oil contains compounds such as limonene (powerful cancer fighting antioxidant) and beta-pinene (reduces nausea).

Lemon oil is used often in aromatherapy to create a fresh, happy environment, to energize, and increase concentration and awareness. Since it is highly astringent, it’s useful in cosmetics and body care products, as well as household cleansers and fresheners.

Lemon oil cleanses the body of toxins, is very helpful in losing weight by reducing your appetite and can be used as a hair tonic to promote healthy, shiny hair. It is used in perfumes, candles and potpourris. Lemon oil is good for cleaning metal surfaces, dishes and clothes.

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Aroma

Strong, tangy and citrusy

Plant Properties

Antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-anemic.

Benefits

Increases energy levels,  suppresses appetite, aids blood flow, lowers blood pressure, stops nosebleeds, lowers fever, relieves throat infections, bronchitis, asthma, flu, boosts immune system, detoxifies the body, reduces cellulite, relieves headaches, migraines, helpful in arthritis, heals acne, eliminates greasy skin and hair, and eases painful cold sores.

Blends with:

Chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, geranium, juniper, lavender, lime, neroli, other citrus oils, rose, sandalwood, tea tree, and ylang ylang oils

 

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