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Lemon Oil

Used extensively for culinary purposes, lemon is one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world. This rich source of vitamin C is also the bank of Lemon Essential Oil. As per studies, it takes about 3000 lemons to make a kilo of lemon oil-- one of the cheapest essential oils. This antiseptic - antibacterial oil remains a true essential oil in all aspects. Known to have a sharp, fresh smell, the oil is pale greenish-yellow in appearance and watery in viscosity. If used for the purpose of aromatherapy, the shelf life of lemon oil is only 8-10 months, however it can still be used in fragrance therapies after this time (including vapor therapy). 

Lending a refreshing taste to plain water, lemon oil is specially helpful while travelling in regions where access to safe drinking water is less. Being the favorite of any sailor, it is extensively used against scurvy making. Further, this essential oil holds a chief designation in fighting fevers caused by infections, digestive disorders, skin problems, arthritis and skin care. Lemon oil blends particularly well with lavender, rose, sandalwood, benzoin, eucalyptus, geranium, fennel, juniper, neroli, elemi, ylang ylang, and tea tree essential oils. In Japan, this essential oil is used in diffusers in banks to reduce worker-error, and it is a popular flavoring agent for food and perfumes.

 

History of Lemon
Though a native of India, the evergreen tree of lemon has derived its name from the Arabic 'laimun' or the Persian 'limun'. During the Middle Ages, the tree was brought to Europe by the Crusaders. The fruits of this tree, having a good content of vitamins A, B and C; were given to sailors in the Royal Navy to alleviate scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies. Later, the trees were grown in Greece and then in Italy. There happen to be several varieties of the tree (citrus medica), differing in the character of their fruits (namely lemon, citron or cedrate, and lime).

Oil Extraction
The commercial production of lemon oil was initiated in the regions of Spain, Florida, Portugal, Italy, Israel and California. Earlier, the

Romans used the oil for stomach upsets and to sweeten the breath. The extraction of lemon oil is done from the fresh rind of the fruit (Citrus limonum or Citrus Limon) of the Lemon tree (of the Rutaceae family). During the process, the oil is expressed through cold pressing from the fruits. Finding its mention in the chronicles of History (as long as 200 AD), the lemon oil is also known as cedro oil (which refers to terpeneless oil).
 

Applicable Benefits
The lemon essential oil has an extensive chemical composition including a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol, and neral. Apart from providing a nice tang to all kinds of smoothies, soups and salad dressings, the oil is known to have numerous therapeutic benefits. The major properties of this essential oil are being antibacterial, antiviral, antihistamine, antifungal, antiseptic and much more to cure several ailments. The major benefits that can be availed from this wonder oil are enumerated as:

  • Stress: Carrying along an extremely calming nature, lemon oil helps in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and nervous tension. The oil also endures the ability to refresh the mind by creating a positive mind-frame and removing negative emotions. Merely the inhaling of lemon oil will help in increasing concentration and alertness to a great level. Thus, it can be used as a room freshener in offices, so as to increase the employees' efficiency.
  • Insomnia: The oil promises a sound sleep and to be of great for those suffering from insomnia.
  • Immune System: The essential of lemon is rich in vitamins, thus, it helps in increasing the immunity of the body. Further, it plays an active role in stimulating White Blood Cells, and thus increasing your ability to fight diseases.
  • Fever: Lemon oil is effective against infectious diseases such as fever, malaria, and typhoid.
  • Stomach Disorders: The carminative nature of lemon oil comes to perfect use when the oil is applied to treating various stomach problems including indigestion, acidity, stomach upsets, cramps, etc.
  • Skin Care: This essential oil proves to be a good remedy for increasing the luster of dull skin. Its astringent and detoxifying properties help to rejuvenate dull skin. Further, the antiseptic properties of this oil effectively treat the pimples and various other skin disorders. Being the best remedy for oily skin, it is great for improving nails & cuticles.
  • Hair Care: Lemon oil is a beneficial hair rinse, and can even help with hair loss problems. This effective hair tonic is used by many people to get strong, healthy and shinning hair. It is also used for removing dandruff from head.
  • Over Weight: Lemon juice is very helpful in reducing weight.
  • Tiredness: Casting a refreshing and stimulating effect on body, lemon oil even increases the blood circulation. Thus, it is helpful in removing mental as well as physical tiredness.
  • Asthma: It is believed that lemon is also useful for treating asthma.
  • Concentration and Memory: Mental anxiety and depression can be reduced to a considerable level by inhaling the fragrance of this oil. This technique can increase your concentration and memory power.
  • Cleansers: Being a good cleanser, the lemon oil is used for cleansing the body, metal surfaces, etc. This effective disinfectant is also used for cleaning surfaces such as butcher's knife and block that can get contaminated easily.
  • Soaps and Cosmetics: The lemon essential oil is liberally used in soaps, face wash and many personal care and skin care cosmetics due to its antiseptic nature.
  • Perfumes: With its distinctively refreshing aroma, the lemon oil comes out to be a good ingredient for perfumes. Even many scented candles and potpourris contain lemon oil.
 
Caution Note: The phototoxic nature of lemon essential oil prohibits its usage in body care products when going out into the Sun. It should be used only indoors (including bath and massage) and that too, in a well diluted form. Excessive usage of this oil can cause skin irritation as lemon essential oil is composed mostly of the chemical constituent limonene, which is a powerful antioxidant and photosensitizer.
 
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