The lemon essential oil, which has earned the nickname ‘Liquid Sunshine’ due to its yellow color and refreshing scent, has been used as Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Lemon trees that are native to Asia are sourced from the peel of the lemon from the Citrus Limonium plant.
The peel, rind, or skin of the lemon fruit, which contains volatile oil glands, is cold-pressed. The process pricks and rotates the peel as oil is released. Nearly a thousand lemon rinds are used to produce 1 lb. of Lemon Oil. The extracted oil has a pale, greenish-yellow color, and is thin with water viscosity, but the fragrance is fresh and sharp.
‘Lemon’ is a name derived either from the Persian word ‘limun’ or the Arabic word ‘laimun,’ or both, which means citrus fruit. It is believed that lemon trees are a cross between Bitter Orange and Citron. They were initially used for decorative purposes but were cultivated later for its resourcefulness.
The lemon essential oil has active chemical components that play a huge role in giving it a reputation for being a stimulating, cleansing, and purifying oil. The oil offers a wide range of uses and benefits that includes, but not limited to, the following:
It is an excellent aromatherapy to reduce anxiety and depression
Lemon has a soothing scent that is believed to relax the mind and reduce anxiety and depression. Lemon essential oil is shown to have a calming and mood-enhancing agent. A stress test experimental study performed on mice concluded that lemon essential oil was effective at relieving stress better compared to other essential oils such as rose and lavender.
It is believed to ease morning sickness
Ayurveda has its historical roots in the Indian subcontinent, and lemon has been used in Ayurvedic medicines to treat a vast range of health issues. In the old days, individuals suffering from nausea and vomiting were asked to smell the lemon rind to ease the feeling. Now, the lemon essential oil is offering the same benefit. A study conducted in 2014 with a hundred pregnant women resulted in a significant decrease in nausea and vomiting after being treated with lemon essential oil aromatherapy.
It is ideal for making your skin healthier
Lemon oil is one of the essential oils known to kill harmful bacteria that usually grow on the skin. A laboratory study conducted in 2017 and in vitro and in vivo research conducted in 2018 has shown that lemon essential oil is effective against infection-causing bacteria. It is helpful in preventing skin inflammation and several other skin conditions. As per a recent study, lemon essential oil showed to be effective against E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus strains of bacteria and the like, which also makes the essential oil a good choice for topical cleaning of small wounds.
It can be used as a natural analgesic in aromatherapy
Our mind is the source of every pain; if the mind can be relieved of the pain, then the body will feel nothing as well. The anti-stress and antidepressant effects of lemon essential oil helps the body to interpret pain without panicking. A study conducted on mice in 2014 showed that aromatherapy using lemon essential oil changed the way the brain responded to the pain stimuli. Though there is no conclusive research on how the oil affects the human brain, it is believed that by relieving stress, the brain can construe pain without causing any panic.
It can be used as a household cleaner and deodorizer
Lemon essential oil acts as a natural disinfectant and hence can be used as a household cleaner. It can be used to eliminate mold, on surfaces, to remove stubborn stains, among others. It can be added to spray to give the room the aromatic flavor of lemon, or used in a diffuser as a deodorizer.
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The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Neither Sixth Scents nor its products are intended for the purpose of diagnosing, treating, curing, or preventing any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products. Sixth Scents essential oils are intended for topical use only. For internal use always work with a certified aromatherapist or physician.