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Lemon (Citrus limon) has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. It is delightfully refreshing in water and may be beneficial for the skin. Lemon may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods. Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons. Jean Valnet MD estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil. In his book, The Practice of Aromatherapy, Valnet wrote that lemon is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system.* Lemon has an approximate ORAC of 6,619 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.
Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Avoid using on skin exposed to direct sunlight or UV rays. Do not use near fire, flame, heat or sparks.
With a purifying citrus scent, lemon, Citrus limon, is known as one of the most fragrant essential oils. It is cold pressed from the rind of Citrus limon, a twenty-foot tree with highly scented blossoms and lemon fruits. Lemon contains compounds that are studied for their effects on immune function. It is also a frequent ingredient in natural cosmetics.
Lemon essential oil promotes clarity of thought and purpose and has a fragrance that is invigorating, enhancing, and warming. Lemons were used in Europe as early as 200 A.D. and were introduced to the Americas in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. Lemons were also given to sailors to treat scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies.
When diffused, lemon has been known to refresh and stimulate the mind, improve memory, and promote a sense of well-being. Lemon can be used for basic home remedies. It strengthens nails, removes sticky substances, and can even be used as an insect repellant when diffused.* When ingested, it is a good source of d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. *Before cleaning upholstery, fabric, or carpet, perform a spot test. Discontinue use in the unlikely event of staining or skin irritation.
If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before ingesting lemon essential oil.
Dilution is recommended when applied topically.
Lemon oil is photosensitizing, so avoid exposure to direct sunlight/UV rays for up to twelve hours after applying topically.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q If I put lemon oil in drinking water, will it make the water harmful to the enamel on my teeth?
A There shouldn’t be any concerns about harming tooth enamel by using lemon oil diluted with water and consumed. Because lemon essential oil is pH neutral, unlike lemon juice, it should not be harmful
to the enamel on teeth; however, it also depends on the manner in which the lemon essential oil is used.
Q Does lemon oil contain vitamin C?
A There is no vitamin C in lemon essential oil.