The lemon is a small tree cultivated in California, Florida, Israel and Mediterranean countries. Lemon is one of the most common oils and is most often cold pressed because of its availability. It has a fresh, clean, familiar smell and it is used for almost everything, from the cure for sore throats and colds to the slice with ice in a glass of fizzy water. In aromatherapy it is useful for clearing the head, whether you have a cold or are mentally exhausted, for energizing an aching body, for boosting circulation, treating cellulite or warming hands and feet.
The properties of lemon oil are anti-anemic, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge. This oil mixes well with all Citrus oils, Juniper, Cypress, Lavender, Labdanum, Dhavana, Jatamansi, Mints, Elemi, Petitgrain and Neroli. The Lemon oil is non-toxic, but can cause skin irritation and sensitizing in some individuals. Since it is phototoxic oil, it should not be used (even in low dilution) before being exposed to the sun.
Uses of Lemon Oil
Highly antiseptic and good for all kinds of infection.
Fortifies the nervous system.
Lowers blood pressure.
Good for gallstones.
Helpful when suffering from ulcers.
Purifies the liver.
Good for rheumatic conditions.
Wards off anemia.
Excellent for colds, influenza, sore throats, sinusitis and earache.
Useful in intestinal infections, such as diarrhea.
Useful when slimming.
Good for hand and nail care.
Good for gum diseases, such as gingivitis.
Good for several skin conditions, including warts, freckles, wounds and chilblains. Insect repellent.