Lemon Essential Oil –
Treasured and valued for its sweetly mild, citrusy, purifying scent and healing properties, lemon essential oil is derived from the cold-pressed rinds of ripe lemons and has long held a notable spot in aromatherapy.
Lemons (Citrus limon) are among the most cherished Citrus fruits worldwide, as evidenced by their omnipresence in the food industry – and utility in health care (especially in nutrition as a health-promoting fruit). The fruit is an important nutritional source of phenolic compounds, vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, essential oil, and carotenoids, primarily from the pulp, juice, and rind.
Lemon Essential Oil – Uses and Reported Benefits
A few drops of lemon essential oil are usually added into a lotion, massage oil, or aromatherapy diffuser, sometimes with lavender (Lavandula officinalis) essential oil for added fragrance.
Lemon essential oil diffused in a room is thought to purify the air and enhance one’s mood, and it can be used as well on home surfaces as a non-toxic cleaning booster.
Various biological functions such as anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, antiviral, antimutagenic, and anticarcinogenic activities have been reported for lemon essential oil. Lemon essential oil appears to stimulate the senses and help to maintain a healthy circulation and immune system and has been used in aromatherapy for many dermal conditions, such as oily skin, spots, acne, corns, and ulcers.
Lemon intake has also been linked to the reduction in risk of several conditions and diseases. Moreover, the “revitalizing and uplifting” scent from the lemon essential oil can also enhance one’s concentration and somehow ease one’s pain or discomfort when with painful cold sores and herpes sores.
Lemon Essential Oil – Contraindications and Safety
No contraindications have been identified for both lemon intake and the use of lemon essential oil, although lemon essential oil may, by some means, cause temporary photosensitivity and its overuse can irritate the skin. Like any other essential oil, it is best to keep lemon essential oil from the reach of children for safety’s sake and to never use it in undiluted form on skin.
Lemon essential oil complements well with other oils or creams; for example, to create a
Cooling body mist,
9 drops of lemon essential oil
7 drops of peppermint essential oil
2 drops of lavender essential oil,
30 ml of water in a mister.