Lemon Essential Oil <br/><em>Citrus limon</em>
Fresh, clean and bright, the lemon is a blessing in nearly every way. The sour-tasting, but sweet-smelling fruit is nearly irresistible with its sunny yellow color and pure aroma. The uses for this golden fruit are seemingly endless, and they have been incorporated into nearly every aspect of our modern-day life.
You can almost track how vital lemons have been to various cultures around the world based on the citrus fruit’s appearance in art. We believe, for example, that the lemon was introduced to Europe in the first or second century in ancient Rome. Not long after that introduction, lemons started popping up in art and literature. Lemons are included on a wall mural in the House of the Orchard in Pompeii, remarkably still intact and visible after centuries of being buried under volcanic ash and pumice.
Lemons continued to be an important element of life, from an valued ingredient in cuisine to healing medicines. Lemons even had their very own still-life portraits painted beginning in the 15th century. Even then, the lure of the sight and scent of lemon was beckoning. Symbolism was often wrapped up in the art of this era, pointing to the subject’s social status, wealth or even his or her interest in traveling to southern climates. Through the Renaissance, the Dutch Golden Age, the Industrial Age to today, lemons are a common theme and presence.
Soak In the Glorious Benefits of Lemon
- Antioxidant. Lemon oil contains d-limonene, an established antioxidant that can help your body fight free radical damage to your body. It’s also looking like d-limonene may be effective in fighting certain diseases, too, but much more research needs to be completed to verify those results.
- Nausea Relief. In one study, lemon oil aromatherapy reduced nausea and bouts of vomiting experienced by pregnant women with morning sickness.
- Immunity Boost. Some people believe that lemon oil and other oil such as pine, vetiver and bergamot help to keep white blood cells strong, improving immune system health overall. More research is needed to verify this assertion, but anecdotal results are promising.
- Complementary Medicine. Ayurvedic healers have used lemon oil for millennia, easing a wide variety of health conditions and wounds with lemon oil. It’s often used in this practice for mental clarity, anxiety, depression, dizziness and calming the mind.
- Stress and Anxiety. Several studies have shown positive outcomes with using lemon oil to reduce anxiety as well as stress-response cortisol levels.
- Mood Boost. We’ve known anecdotally for years that lemon oil can improve mood and stimulate a positive outlook. We now have some scientific evidence that lemon oil does just that. In a recent study, participants who inhaled lemon oil reported happy, positive feelings even after negative stimuli.
- Refresh the mind, create a positive mindset and remove negative emotions, increased concentration and alertness
- Hair. Lemon encourages the growth of strong, shiny hair. Just as lemon oil brightens your disposition, it also brightens the tone of your hair and scalp, helping to reduce dandruff and create lustrous, healthy hair. It also eliminates excess grease from hair.
- Tooth Whitener. Lemon oil lightens yellowed teeth and is a good tool for combatting bad breath.
- Cleaners and Air Purifiers. Few can resist the fresh, clean smell of lemons. That’s just one of the reasons it’s so frequently added to air deodorants, furniture polish, floor cleaners and countless other home cleaning products. Lemon oil is a natural wood cleaner and restorer. While you could use your lemon essential oil to clean your wood cabinets, but don’t use your household lemon oil for your personal cosmetic or health use.
- Solar Plexus Chakra. Bright, fresh and crisp-smelling lemon oil is ideal for meditations to balance your solar plexus chakra. Lemon helps clear your mind, encouraging you to focus on the harmony, confidence and wisdom you want to bring to your consciousness.
- Purifying. Lemon is a spiritual cleanser, eliminating and warding off the negative energies that prevent you from rejuvenating and advancing your spiritual connection.
- Botanical Name: Citrus limonum
- Common Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed
- Plant Part Typically Used: Lemon Peels
- Color: Pale Greenish-Yellow
- Consistency: Watery
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: pungent and stimulating
- Aromatic Description: bright, tangy, sugary citrus