Botanical Name: Citrus limon syn. C. limonum
Aroma: Fresh, citrusy, tangy, bright
Lemon is an evergreen citrus tree native to Asia. The tree can grow to about 10-20 feet and has fragrant white flowers that develop into yellow citrus fruits. Originally cultivated in the Indus Valley, it was grown in Iran between 2500 and 500 BCE and then in Greece.
The demand for lemon increased tremendously in the 1800s after physicians discovered that the high content of vitamin C and other valuable nutrients it contained helped prevent and alleviate scurvy. In Chinese medicine, lemon was taken by pregnant women to ‘secure the fetus.’
Drinking lemon and warm water with honey first thing in the morning upon waking is said to help cleanse the blood vessels, intestines, liver, and other organs.
Penny Stanway, MD, who wrote the book The Miracle of Lemons, says that lemons, and especially the rinds, contain almost every known type of cancer-preventing and cancer-fighting phytochemical. Studies also show that nutrients found in the rind of lemons discourage heart disease. Dr. Stanway also shares that lemons can be helpful for Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, anxiety, joint discomfort, cataracts, high blood sugar, kidney stones, memory loss, and much more!
According to Thomas C. C. Li, in the book Vegetables and Fruits: Nutritional and Therapeutic Values, the essential oils of lemons have antibiotic protection against meningococcus and typhus bacteria.
Below is a list of some of the therapeutic properties of Lemon essential oil:
Can be used to help with acne, arthritis, asthma, blisters, bronchitis, circulation, cold sores, cold, calluses, coughs, cuts and scrapes, fever, flu, hangovers, headaches, insect bites, and stings, jet lag
Stimulates the solar plexus, heart, and third eye chakras
Provides support for mediation and other spiritual practices
Attracts prosperity, happiness, and success
Lemon is calming and relaxing; reduces stress
Promotes restful sleep and can uplift your mood
Lemon is antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, astringent, antidepressant, calmative, decongestant, detoxifier, digestive, disinfectant, insect repellant, insecticide, sedative, and uplifting
Recipe to Alleviate Jet lag or a Hangover:
Equal amounts of Lemon and ginger
*I recommend 2-3 drops of each
Diffuse in a diffuser or aromatherapy lamp or blend with a carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil or Fractionated Coconut oil.
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*Safety Note: Always, always, consult with a doctor before using essential oils, especially if you’re pregnant, or using oils for your children. It’s also a good idea to check with your veterinarian before using oils on your pets too. Essential oils are safe, natural alternatives; however, we are not doctors and it’s just good practice to consult with your trusted medical professionals before trying or adding new things into your environment.
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