How to use Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil, also known as Citrus limon oil, is extracted from lemon peels, which have many volatile oil glands in their pits. It takes approximately 1,000 lemons to produce one pound of lemon essential oil. The citrus scent of lemons comes from a chemical compound called limonene, which makes up the majority of lemon oil.
It is documented that lemons were used by ancient Indians, Egyptians and Romans as a remedy for infectious diseases. Today, they are commonly grown in Europe and the United States, and are used in various products from cleaning to medicinal and food flavoring.
I have currently found 519 scientific studies referring to lemon essential oils. The benefits leading to lemon’s effectiveness appears to be d-limonene. According to a study published recently in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful anti-microbial agent of all the essential oils.
Some reports even speculate that lemon oil contains up to 70% d-limonene. It’s obvious why modern science and research is quickly catching up to 1,000 years of therapeutic use and is finally confirming the validity of many of the various Ayurvedic medical applications of lemon essential oil.
There are findings showing that lemon oil may promote photosensitivity, which increases your sensitivity to the sun and may lead to sunburn or uneven darkening of the skin. It is also recommended you to avoid applying lemon oil and other citrus oils to your skin when spending time outdoors.
People with sensitivities should use essential oils with caution. Reactions can vary from person to person as this is a very potent oil. Dilution is recommended. If you have any concerns, consult your physician first before use. Pregnant women and children should also see a doctor before applying lemon oil.
Lemon Oil Benefits
According to Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College assistant professor Dr. J.V. Hebbar, the benefits of lemon include:
- Cleansing and purification
- Oral health and remedy for halitosis (bad breath)
- Aiding in Healthy Digestion
- Thirst quencher
- May help abdominal colic pain
- Supports Cough relief
- Calming to the stomach and relieving nausea
- May Help Prevent malabsorption
- Nourishes/cleansing to the skin
- May help support Weight loss
In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it was discovered that by adding lemon essential oils to food it protected the food against human pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella. Which is another reason why lemon essential oil is an ideal ingredient in many household cleaners and should be used in yours, too.
Lemon oil has also been found to be a good remedy for increasing the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders and blemishes. Lemon may also help in reducing excessive oil on the skin.
By adding few drops to your bathwater you can to help relieve symptoms of typical stress and fatigue. Lemon oil is soothing by nature and may help in reducing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. It is refreshing in scent and to the mind.