Essential Oils – Lemon

Lemon essential oil is a wonderful, uplifting aroma! Used as an ingredient in cleaning products leaves the house smelling great and creates the feeling of a well cleaned home. Add a slice of lemon to water to make a refreshing drink in the summer. It’s surprising to realize that there are about 50 different varieties of lemons; some of which include the: Avon, Baboon, Genoa, Meyer, Perrine and Volkamer. 

Name of Oil: Lemon
Latin Name: Citrus limonum
Areas of Origin: Europe, Florida and California
Historical Use: The fruit was given to sailors to combat scurvy and for vitamin deficiencies.
General Growth, Habitat: Evergreen tree that grows up to 20’ and has dark green, serrated oval leaves with pink/white flowers, thorns and fruit.
Parts Used in Distillation: Peel
Scent: Citrus, sweet, sharp, clean and slightly floral.
Uses: Acne, gout, UTI, varicose veins, anxiety and insomnia. 
Emotional Use: Uplifting and improves concentration.
Safety: Photosensitizing; do not use for 12 hours prior to sun exposure or a bath.

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add a few drops of lemon to a diffuser to lighten a mood or alleviate depression
  • Add 20 drops of lemon and 10 drops of tea tree to an 8 oz spray bottle filled with water; use as a disinfectant for counter tops and for the shower
  • Add a few drops of lemon to a tissue and inhale for a few minutes to combat fatigue

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

References
Lemonpedia – Different Types of Lemons. (2008). Limonce – USA. Retrieved from http://www.limonce-usa.com/lemon-types.html.


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