22 November 2008

Botanical Name
Citrus limon

Origin
India

Color
Pale Yellow to Deep Yellow

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin watery consistency

Perfumery Note
Top

Aroma
Fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated. Constituents of lemon oil include limonene, which is responsible for the oil's tangy-fruity aroma, and citral, which is responsible for what we recognize as the lemon note in the aroma profile

Strength of Initial Aroma
Strong

Extraction Method
The oil is extracted from the fresh fruit peel using cold expression. Lemon is considered one of the lightest in aromatherapy, a nice bright top note. The high temperatures needed for steam distillation would destroy the subtle, fresh aroma of lemon oil, which is maintained by cold-pressing the fresh peel. Cold-pressing will yield six to seven pounds of oil from one ton of fresh fruit

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Limonene, Citral, Geranial, Citronellyl Acetate, Pinene, camphene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral

Therapeutic Properties
Anti-anemic, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Lemon essential oil can be very beneficial to the circulatory system and aids with blood flow, reducing blood pressure and helping with nosebleeds
  • It can help bring down fever, helps relieve throat infections, bronchitis, asthma and flu
  • It boosts the immune system and improves the functions of the digestive system, and it is helpful with constipation, dyspepsia and cellulite
  • Lemon oil soothes and relieves headaches and migraines and is helpful for rheumatism and arthritis
  • It is also used for clearing acne, cleaning greasy skin and hair, as well as removing dead skin cells, easing painful cold sores, mouth ulcers and insect bites
  • Lemon essential oil can be supportive in cases of anxiety, stress; some infections. It has been studied to sharpen the awareness and improve test scores when diffuser during study and test-taking
  • Has traditionally been used for uplifting the spirit, antidepressant, stimulating, antibacterial, disinfectant
  • Lemon Essential Oil has a refreshing scent that is thought to stimulate the liver and has a gentle, calming effect. Lemon oil is thought to promote clarity of mind and purpose, as well as generally increasing one's well-being and physical energy
  • When Lemon Essential Oil was diffused, 54% fewer errors were made, with Jasmine Oil, 33% fewer errors, and with Lavender Oil, 20% fewer. Diffusion of essential oils was found to increase test scores by up to 50% when diffused into study and test-taking areas
  • Lemon essential oil has been shown to eliminate many types of bacteria, and may be the most effective oil for disinfecting a room using a diffuser
  • Lemon is a great modifier for medicinal-smelling oils like tea tree and eucalyptus. Lemon works synergistically on a therapeutic, aesthetic and emotional level
Precaution
  • Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity
  • May cause skin irritation in some
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend With
Benzoin Oil, elemi Oil, eucalyptus Oil, fennel Oil, geranium Oil, juniper Oil, lavender Oil, rose Oil, sandalwood Oil, Chamomile Oil, Frankincense Oil, Peppermint Oil, and Ylang Ylang Oil

Recipe
Diffuse or add a few drops to a spray bottle with spring or purified water and spray about a room to disinfect and deodorize. Add 2 drops to a glass of water to disinfect. Combine with Peppermint Oil for a refreshing lift

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