Lemon Essential Oil

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Lemon Essential Oil

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Citrus limonum fruit peel, cold pressed, from Sicily.

Aroma: Aroma is similar to fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated.

History: The fruit was well known in Europe by the middle ages, and Greeks and Romans were advocates of its therapeutic properties. Lemon essential oil reached the height of its fame when the British began using the citrus fruit to counteract the effects of scurvy.

Common Uses: Lemon has been historically recognized as a cleanser. It is recognized as being antiseptic, and as having refreshing and cooling properties. Research has also shown lemon essential oil to enhance the ability to concentrate.

Lemon is highly prized for its high anti-bacterial properties. On skin and hair it can be used for its cleansing effect, as well as for treating cuts and boils.

For gentle treatment of the 'flu and to prevent its spread, diffuse 4 parts lemon to 1 part lavender wherever the sick person is. I use a pot on the stove when my children are sick. It gently clears congestion, allieviates symptoms and lifts the spirits, while keeping me well!

Possible Uses: Athlete's foot, chillblains, colds, corns, dull skin, flu, oily skin, spots, varicose veins, warts. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-66.] Milia (whiteheads) - TTF

Constituents: Limonene, Citral, Geranial, Citronellyl Acetate, Pinene [Shirley Price, The Aromatherapy Workbook (Hammersmith, London: Thorsons, 1993), 54-5.]

Components from MSDS:
limonene 50-90%, b-pinene 3-20%, g-terpinene 1-12%, a-pinene 1-4%, neral 1-5%, myrcene <2%.

Safety Information: Phototoxic. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 207.] Do not use if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours due to its phototoxicity.

May cause skin irritation or sensitivity in some. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 120.]