Lemon essential oil is obtained through mechanical pressing or steam distillation from the rind of ripe lemon fruit – Citrus limon (L.) Burm. fil. (family rutaceous – Rutaceae).
Origin of the plant
South-East China, where it has been cultivated since ancient times. Botanicheski lemon can come from the Citron (Citrusmedica Linnaeus) and lime (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle).
Distribution of the plant
Lemon in the wild is unknown. He entered the culture in South-East and South Asia. Currently cultivated mainly in the subtropical countries of Europe, North and South America as a food, spicy aromatic and essential oil plant. In Europe it has been cultivated since the time of the Roman Empire, where it penetrated from India.
Lemon essential oil properties
cloudy when cooled, a liquid of deep light yellow or greenish-yellow color with a characteristic smell of lemon and a sharp taste.
The main components of the lemon oil
limonene (up to 80 – 90%), α- and β-pinene, α- and γ-terpene, α-terpineol, citral, myrcene, cymene, terpinolene, neral, geranial, octanal, windowanol, fullandren, linalool , nonanal, citronellal, decanal, terpinene-4-ol, neuryl acetate, geranyl acetate, β-cariophyllene, α-humulen, β-bisabolene.
Lemon essential oil uses
Bactericidal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antispasmodic, powerful antioxidant, antiscorbutic, expectorant, hypotensive, hypoglycemic, pronounced antisclerotic, detoxification, cardiotonic, anticarcinogenic, hemostatic, insecticidal, antacid, carminative, mild diuretic, decongestant, antipruritic, immunomodulating , hemostatic.
It alleviates various pains (neuralgic, rheumatic, etc.). Remedy for headache associated with hypodynamia, stuffiness, overwork and meteorological factors.
It tones up the nervous system, refreshes, relieves fatigue, restores vitality, increases concentration and mental efficiency by 50 to 60%, enlightens the mind and helps to gain clarity of thought. It is an aromatic adaptogen that allows you to quickly and painlessly adapt to new conditions of life.
Helps to eliminate psycho-emotional disorders. Lemon essential oil calms, relieves depression, suppresses a sense of fear, anxiety, provides a surge of energy, gives positive motivation and motivates creativity.
Positively affects the functional state of the cardiovascular system. Has cardiotonic action. Rejuvenates and strengthens the walls of blood vessels, restores damaged capillaries, promotes resorption of hematomas, prevents varicose veins and the development of hemorrhoids, has anti-sclerotic effect. Lowers blood pressure.
Helps stop bleeding. Eliminates bleeding and inflammation of the gums, helps with nasal bleeding. It relieves nausea, unproductive breathing, dizziness during overwork, spasms of cerebral vessels and an overdose of coffee.
A good antiviral is effective against influenza, herpes, chickenpox, viral hepatitis, measles, mumps, herpes.
Increases immunity. Normalizes nonspecific resistance and immunological reactivity (T- and B-systems). Activates leukocyte activity in the body’s defense system, thereby helping the body fight infections. Stimulates hemopoiesis. It restores the viability of red blood cells and has an anti-anemic effect. When leukopenia increases the number of white blood cells. In general, it helps to normalize the blood formula.
Improves the digestive system: increases the functional activity of the stomach, improves appetite, potentiates the work of the liver and pancreas, has a mild choleretic and diuretic effect. It counteracts stagnant phenomena in the liver and kidneys, promotes the dissolution of stones in the gallbladder and kidneys. In general, it helps to cleanse the body of toxins.
Regulates metabolism. Lowers blood glucose. Normalizes lipid metabolism, improves the utilization of fat (a remedy for obesity), eliminates cellulite.
It has a whitening effect for the skin, makes freckles, pigment spots and couperose (vascular pattern) less visible, pale and dull skin gives a healthier look.
Exfoliates dead cells, softens hardened areas of the skin, accelerates the healing of cracks in the palms and soles. Promotes the excretion of warts. A perfect remedy for wrinkles. Improves skin condition with rashes of various origins, wet eczemas, boils, lichens. Helps with herpes and bleeding gums.
Normalizes the fatty secretion of the skin. Effectively cleanses oily skin and hair. A wonderful remedy for dandruff and brittle hair. It is a natural hair clarifier, giving them a light platinum shade and a delightful shine. It is an excellent means of caring for the hands, giving them a well-groomed, aristocratic, well-groomed appearance.
Ideal for clarifying and strengthening nails. Promotes more efficient and quick tanning, prevents burning and staining. Effectively fights against cellulite.
Repels moth and house ants.
Lemon oil Indications benefits
Influenza, herpes, chickenpox, viral hepatitis, measles, mumps. Colds, feverish conditions (high blood temperature), upper respiratory tract catarrh, bronchitis, cough, infectious diseases of the throat and nose (angina, laryngitis, stomatitis, gum disease), pulmonary tuberculosis, urinary tract infection.
Vomiting, stomach ulcer, nausea, constipation, hepatitis, cirrhosis, kidney stones and gall bladder, pancreatitis.
Vegeto-vascular dystonia, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, varicose veins (if there are no knots and inflammation), swelling, anemia. Urolithiasis and cholelithiasis, diabetes mellitus.
Fatigue, asthenia, decreased mental capacity, adaptation to new climatic conditions, insomnia, agitation, anxiety.
Frequent headaches (including migraines), dizziness, neuralgia, rheumatic pains, arthritis, atherosclerosis.
Prevention of exposure to the body of harmful chemical factors and small radiation effects. Elderly age.
Burns, cuts, insect bites, trophic ulcers. A popular remedy for the removal of calluses, outgrowths and warts. It is used to treat cellulite and weight loss.
Lemon oil recipes
- For the enrichment of creams, masks, tonics – 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil per 5 grams of base.
- For massage – 4-7 drops per 10 ml of base vegetable oil. For reflex massage and in mycosis use a mixture of ether and transport oil in a ratio of 1: 1.
- In the bath – 7-10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, pre-mixed with an emulsifier (1 / 4-1 / 3 cup of milk, cream, whey, sea salt solution or common salt).
- For rinsing, 3-5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil per 1 cup of water.
- In the inhaler – 4-5 drops.
- In the aroma lamp – 2-6 drops.
- The undiluted essential Lemon Essential Oil is applied to the warts several times a day. When brittle nails, it is applied to the nail surface for 20-30 minutes in the morning and evening for 1 week.
Applied as a component of perfume compositions, fragrances for soap and cosmetic products. The largest quantities of lemon oil of cold pressing are used for the preparation of food aromatic essences used in the production of confectionery and bakery products, as well as soft drinks.
Lemon essential oil blends well with following oils
Lemon oil blends with oils of ylang-ylang, ginger, cardamom, lavender, incense, juniper, neroli, chamomile, Santal, fennel, eucalyptus. Complementary oils – coniferous plant oils and ylang-ylang oil, the addition of which eliminates the color of the oxidized metal in the lower tone.
Side effects of lemon oil
The oil increases photosensitization of the skin and shows a distinct phototoxic effect, and therefore it should not be applied to the skin less than 60 minutes before sunbathing. May cause irritation to sensitive skin. Do not use when hypotension.
Essential oils are stored in tightly sealed bottles of dark glass in a place inaccessible to children. Lemon oil is easily oxidized in light and air, therefore, like other citrus oils, it should be stored in the dark without access to air at a temperature not exceeding +8.
With the aging of lemon essential oil, limonene is oxidized to cis- and trans-epoxides, carvone and carveol. Citral practically disappears after 3 years of storage, and γ-terpene rearranges into para- cymene, giving the oil an unpleasant odor, while the content of γ-terpinene drops sharply.