Botanical Name: Citrus limon
Origin: South Africa
Part Used: Fresh Peels
Process: Steam Distillation
Lemon peel oil has a reputation as being the citrus oil of choice for its fresh, clean, and uplifting scent – it is the liquid sunshine of essential oils.
Plant Description: Native to Asia, specific area unknown, though Lemon is presumed to have originated in southern India and China and in northern Myanmar; lemon trees are cultivated in Italy, Greece, and much of the Mediterranean region, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Argentina, India, Spain, Turkey, Iran, and Mexico. Expressed lemon oil is produced in California, Cyprus, Italy, Guinea, Brazil, Tunisia, Israel, Mexico, Jamaica, and South Africa. The lemon plant is a small evergreen tree that grows to a height of 20 feet with glossy green oval leaves, stiff thorns and very fragrant white and pink blossoms. Fruits are spherical to oblong and green in color, turning yellow upon ripening.
Oil Description: Yellow, greenish-yellow, or pale yellow mobile liquid with a very light, fresh, zesty sweet aroma. Although citrus oils are prone to turning sour, careful storage will prolong the shelf life – in dark, tightly capped glass bottles stored in a dry, cool, dark place, with little or no air space above the surface of the oil (and preferably with an injection of nitrogen or other inert gas to replace the air).
Historical/Traditional Uses: (More to come)
Applications Lemons were known to the ancient Greeks and Romans by the 1st century as evidenced by mention of them in the book Naturalis Historia by Pliny the Elder. Their actual widespread use in Europe was reportedly due to the Crusaders return from the holy wars with lemons in hand. The 11th and 12th centuries saw the wide dispersal and use of lemons throughout the Arab world and the Mediterranean region, and in Genoa lemons were first seriously cultivated around 1100. The Spanish explorers brought lemon seeds with them as they came upon the Americas in 1493. A couple of centuries later, it was discovered that lemons in the diet of sailors at sea kept them free of scurvy. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the demand for lemons and other citrus fruits saw the birth of the citrus industry with groves in Florida and later California. A little known fact: lemons are a cross between sour oranges and citrons, according to a recent study on their genetic origins.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Lemon peel oil is a mental decongestant, it prompts clarity of thought and a sense of well-being and purpose, and its clean, uplifting qualities act as an antidote to lift depression. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic properties make it ideal for use in cleaning surfaces such as cutting boards, counter tops and bathroom fixtures. Lemon oil is useful as a blood liquefier, causing pressure to ease on varicose veins, thus it can be supportive of those with high blood pressure. Though acidic before eaten, lemons support the digestive system, neutralize stomach acid, and reduce acidity in the body. In perfumery, Lemon is considered a top note and blends well with benzoin (Siam), cardamom, chamomile, other citrus oils, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, juniper, labdanum, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Lemon peel oil is non toxic; it may cause skin sensitization or irritation in some individuals. It is photosensitizing: avoid skins exposure to sunlight for at least 24 hours after application.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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