Ancient medical practioners have used lemon essential oil (EO) for health conditions for over 1,000 years.
Lemons are one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world and used widely for culinary purposes.
The history of Chinese and Indian, Ayurvedic, medicine have used lemon to combat dampness related to colds, infections, respiratory ailments, sore throats, diarrhea, and candida.
Lemon oil contains a therapeutic compound d-limonene which is used for its ability to cleanse toxins from all parts of the body.
According to a study published in the Journal of Food Microbiology, Lemon EO may be the “most powerful antimicrobial” agent of all essential oils.
- Well known to stimulate lymph drainage and improve immune system.
- Breathing in the scent of lemon improves neurological activity.
- Promotes the breakdown of body fat. Drink a few drops in water.
- Teeth whitener: mix 2 drops of lemon oil with baking soda and coconut oil and rub on teeth for about 2 minutes and rinse well.
- A study in 2014 found lemon oil aroma reduces nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
- Sciatic nerve damage markedly reduced with lemon oil supplementation.
- Increase dopamine levels to help fight depression and possibly help addictions.
- Lemon EO can help fight against food borne pathogens like E. Coli and Salmonella.
- Lemon is a natural disinfectant for body and laundry; even including all areas of the house.
- Aids in digestion.
Lemon oil comes from cold pressing the peel of the lemon, not the inner fruit. The peel is the most nutrient dense part of the lemon.
You can blend other essential oils with lemon oil like lavender, ylang ylang or tea tree…try your own blend.
Lemon EO is one of the most used by herbalists and practicing aroma therapists.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist, is a Natural Health Consultant helping individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.