Lemon essential oil is an absolute for any medicine / natural health cabinet.
Anti-infectious, disinfectant, anti-bacterial (spores), anti-septic, anti-viral. Lemon improves microcirculation, promotes white blood cell formation and its antiseptic-like properties and compounds have been studied for their effects on immune function. Lemon essential oil may help with issues such as anemia, asthma, cellulitis, herpes, warts, shingles, bleeding, malaria, parasites, rheumatism, throat infection, ureter infections, and varicose veins. Lemon is excellent as a tonic for the blood vessels and is used for varicose veins, broken capillaries, hemorrhoids and nosebleeds. Lemon oil may also be beneficial for anxiety, blood pressure, digestive problems, respiratory infections, and sore throats. It helps promote leukocyte formation, improves memory, strengthens nails, cleans the skin, and promotes a sense of well-being. Lemon has shown to have antidepressant effects in research done by Komori, et al.,1995. It may also help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. Around the house, lemon serves as an effective insect repellent and works well as an adhesive remover, wood stain, oil and grease spots.
- Eliminates dandruff and strengthens the hair
- Helps in weight loss
- Alleviates stress
- Effective against fever, malaria & typhoid
- Cleanses body, clothes, dishes, bathrooms, kitchens and metals
- Helps combat insomnia
- Treats indigestion, acidity & cramps
- Aids in treating asthma
- Boosts the immune system
A university in Japan experimented with diffusing different oils in the office. When they diffused lemon there were 54 percent fewer errors, with jasmine there were 33 percent fewer errors, and with lavender there were 20 percent fewer errors. When oils were diffused while studying and taking a test, test scores increased by as much as 50 percent. Different oils should be used for different tests, but the same oil should be used during the test as was used while studying for that particular test. The smell of the oil may help bring back the memory of what was studied. (From Essential Oil Desk Reference, 2002 Essential Science Publishing)
According to Jean Valnet, MD, the vaporized essence of lemon can kill Meningococcus in 15 minutes, Typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of lemon oil can kill diphtheria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis. (Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th Edition, p. 72.)
Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D wrote in The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (p. 133) that 1-3 drops in water induces detoxification and cleansing. In Medical Aromatherapy, Schnaubelt writes: “Lemon oil has strong anti-infectious and anti-viral activity. It can be used as a component of blends aimed at liver regeneration and detoxification. Recently a range of influences of limonene on receptor-mediated processes has been documented, showing it to be preventative and curative for breast cancer in rats. Classic aromatherapy texts attribute fluidifying action on blood to lemon oil. Strengthens capillaries by diminishing their permeability.”
Robert Tisserand wrote in Essential Oil Safety (p. 332 and p. 128) that “Lemon oil significantly induced glutathione S-transferase” which means it is likely to be hepatoprotective. Tisserand also notes in his Complete Skin Care series that research found that vitamin absorption by the skin was higher in the presence of 10% Lemon essential oil. He notes that Lemon is safe to use at up to 1.25% (would not be phototoxic at this level), and he feels it would still be helpful at the reduced percent.
Antioxidative Action of Citrus limonum Essential Oil on Skin
European Journal of Medicinal Plants, ISSN: 2231-0894 ,Vol.: 3, Issue.: 1 (January-March)
Conclusion: The scavenging action of lemon essential oil could have a practical application for treating human skin against oxidative damage.
A 1995 Mie University study found that citrus fragrances boosted immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression. LEMON essential oil is an immune stimulant. It increases white blood cells, improves microcirculation and is antiseptic. Lemon essential oil consists of 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. Lemon has an approximate ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) of 6,619 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter. D-limonene has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies.
The Effect of Lemon Inhalation Aromatherapy on Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy: Double-Blinded, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial
Internal: Lemon is suitable for internal use within safe parameters. Lemon is generally regarded as safe (GRAS) and suitable for internal use within safe parameters. Click her for the FDA GRAS chart.
Children: Lemon is considered a suitable oil to use with children.
A study, using orange, lavender, lemon and rosemary essential oils, found the aromatherapy to be an effective therapy for dementia. Aromatherapy may have some potential for improving cognitive function, especially in Alzheimer’s disease patients.
General: As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.
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Caution: Lemon oil is very photosensitizing, so avoid applying it to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light unless appropriately diluted.