Lemons have been used for such a long time for a variety of things. They have been used in many dishes, as a pleasant fragrance, and as a common household cleaning ingredient. Lemons have become a staple in everyone’s pantry, and essential oil should become a staple in everyone’s kit!
The origin of the word “lemon” isn’t exactly known, although it is suggested that it may be Middle Eastern. While the origin of lemon is unknown, it is suspected that they are originally from a region of northeast India called Assam, northern Burma or China. According to reports and genetic studies, lemons are actually a hybrid of citron and the sour orange. Lemon made it’s way to Persia, Iraq, Egypt and the Mediterranean region. However, the first substantial cultivation of this citrusy fruit in Europe wasn’t until the 15th century in Genoa. It is said that Christopher Columbus introduced lemons to the Americas during the end of the 15th century when he brought lemon seeds to Haiti, which then were spread throughout the New World due to Spanish conquests. The lemon was mostly used for medicine and as an ornamental plant. Lemon was involved in the early experiment of James Lind as a cure for scurvy. While they hadn’t yet discovered “Vitamin C”, it was discovered that lemon was successful in ridding sailors of scurvy.
The lemon (Citrus limon) is a yellow fruit that comes from the lemon tree, a species of a small evergreen tree. It is of the flowering plant family called Rutaceae, which is native to Asia. This tree can grow 10 to 20 feet high and has a few large branches, stiff thorns, light green leaves and edible yellow fruit (lemons). The lemon consists of juice, seeds, pulp and the rind (zest). It’s sour taste (which comes from citric acid) is a distinct feature, making it a key ingredient in a wide range of dishes. Lemon has been used for culinary, medicinal, aromatic and cleansing uses for ages. Lemon essential oil is typically derived from the rind using the cold pressing method.
Lemon has a very distinct scent. It’s strong aroma is fresh and citrusy, making it an uplifting fragrance.
Mood Enhancement: Diffusing lemon essential oil can uplift mood, fight depression and get rid of sadness. It can also help to connect the spirit and soul by bringing about feelings of awareness and consciousness.
Skin Care: Lemon essential oil is great for brightening skin and removing dead skin cells. It helps to boost the youthful look of skin by combating dullness and enhancing complexion. It can help treat acne, excessive oil production and other skin conditions such as calluses and bunions.
Household Cleaning: Lemon essential oil can be used as a multipurpose cleaning agent in our homes. It can help remove sticky residues and gunk from gum and labels. It can clean crayon marks from walls and countertops. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties so it is effective when used as a disinfectant. It can be used to clean all kinds of surfaces like wood, metal, plastic and ceramic surfaces. It’s a great laundry booster and can even be used as a wood and silver polish.
Stress: Lemon essential oil can reduce mental fatigue or exhaustion, nervousness, tension, anxiety and negative emotions. It can be calming and refreshing, thus creating a positive environment perfect for increased concentration and alertness.
Immunity: Lemon essential oil can help boost immunity because of it’s high potency of vitamins. It also helps boost white blood cell and blood circulation, so it increases your body’s disease-fighting abilities. It helps fight fevers, stomach bugs, colds and sore throats.
Body Care: Lemon essential oil has a very refreshing scent, making it great for perfumes and other body products. It’s also great for hair. It makes hair healthy and shiny, and reduces dandruff. It can also give you natural highlights. Lemon essential oil is also great for nail care too, as it brightens the nails and softens cuticles.
Weight Loss: Lemon essential oil helps curb cravings and reduce appetite to help prevent overeating. It also helps boost metabolism. Lemon essential oil also aids in proper digestion.
Taste Enhancement: Lemon essential oil can add a fresh taste to water, other drinks and popular dishes, and it can help keep produce that browns quickly (like apples and avocados) fresh and tasty.
Allergies and Asthma: Lemon essential oil has a very refreshing aroma, so it can clear the nasal passages. This promotes steady breathing and good air flow.
Cold pressed lemon essential oil is phototoxic, meaning that it can cause burning, reddening, blistering and inflammation of the skin when it comes into contact with Ultraviolet UVA light. Do not go into the sun for at least 18 hours after using lemon essential oil topically. Some individuals may experience irritation or sensitivity to lemon essential oil.