Pure, Therapeutic Lemon essential oil, Cold pressed
Botanical name : Citrus limonum
Aroma : Fresh, sweet, sharp, citrusy
Note classification : Top Odor Intensity : 2
Key constituents : Limonene, beta-pinene, sabinene, alpha-pinene (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Shelf Life : 18 months or more if stored in an airtight container away from heat and light.
Extraction method / Source : Cold pressed / rind of the fruit (Pressing without heat preserves the aromatic and therapeutic qualities of the essential oil)
Plant description : Botanical family : Rutaceae (citrus) Lemon is an evergreen citrus tree native to Asia, and is now grown in many temperate areas of the globe. The lemon tree reaches a height of 10 - 20 feet and produces fragrant white flowers and bright yellow edible fruit.
Regions of Production : USA
Growing Practices : Cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
Therapeutic Properties : Antimicrobial, antirheumatic,, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, hemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubifacient, tonic, vermifuge (Battaglia, 2003)
Uses / Benefits : Supports healthy circulation, beneficial in the management of varicose veins and high blood pressure. Helps to break down subcutaneous cellulite. Helps in the elimination of parasites. Helps prevent and manage urinary tract infections. Can reduce anxiety, aids digestion. Reduces oiliness of the skin, beneficial in the management of acne, reduces skin wrinkles. A popular scent for soap and candle making.
Fragrant influences: Promotes mental clarity, increases alertness, sharpens the senses, reduces anxiety, improves memory and mood.
Precautions : Non-toxic, non-irritant. May make skin more sensitive to sunlight. Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light within 24 hours.
Blends well with : Basil, Bay, Bergamot, Dill, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Hyssop, Lavender, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang
History / Fun Facts : Lemon essential oil is high in limonene, which has been studied extensively for its anti-tumor properties. Jean Valnet, MD demonstrated that vaporized lemon oil killed meningecoccal bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in 60 minutes, staphylococcus aureus bacteria in 2 hours and pneumococcus bacteria in 3 hours. A solution of 0.2% lemon oil has been shown to inactivate tuberculosis bacteria and kill diphtheria bacteria in less than 20 minutes. A study conducted at a University in Japan showed that diffusing lemon essential oil in an office environment reduced clerical errors by over 50%!
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Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.