Most likely sitting in your kitchen right now is the answer to a multitude of health problems ranging from tumors and immune disorders to poor memory. We have all tried them and they are readily available.
Lemons (citrus limon) contain many nutrients that have an abundance of benefits to one’s health. Lemon essential oil contains highly concentrated levels of these nutrients. Technically not an essential oil, lemon oil is expressed or pressed from the rind of the lemon, not the actual fruit. Cold pressed from the rind it takes around three thousand lemons to produce one kilo or roughly two pounds of lemon oil. One drop of lemon essential oil is equal to twenty lemons!
Because pesticide residues can become concentrated within citrus essential oils, it’s important to always obtain oils made from organically grown crops.
Lemon essential oil is rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth in over fifty studies.
Adding a few drops of lemon oil to a glass of drinking water not only tastes great but has many health benefits. Lemons hold a Ph of 9.9 making it an alkaline food perfect for balancing an acidic body. Lemon essential oil can be safely ingested and is approved by the FDA to be a food additive. When ingesting lemon essential oil or topically using it, dilute it in a 50/50 solution with a carrier oil.
Tufts University in Boston has developed a test to be able to identify the level of antioxidants in foods. This is known as ORAC, lemon essential oil holds an ORAC value of 660. Although not as high as blueberries, holding a value of 2,400, lemon is ranked higher than carrots at 210.
Lemon essential Oil Research
Extensive research has been conducted on citrus and lemon fruits and oils. Lemon is one of many essential oils when diffused can eliminate and destroy airborne germs and bacteria extremely effectively. Research conducted by Jean Valnet, M.D., showed that vaporized lemon oil can kill meningococcal bacteria in fifteen minutes, diphtheria in twenty minutes, typhoid in one hour, staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and pneumococcal bacteria in three hours.
In 1995, Komori et al. conducted a study at Mie University in Japan and found that citrus fragrance boosted immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression. Research also found that when lemon essential oil was diffused during test taking students were found to make 54 percent less errors and scores increased by as much as 50 percent.
Lemon Oil is rich in limonene (d-limonene) a chemical that has been studied on animals to show that it protects against pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers.
Using Lemon Essential Oil for Skincare
Commonly used in skincare, lemon essential oil can be used to combat acne and lighten pigmentation. To treat both acne breakouts and pigmentation, mix 4 to 6 drops of coconut oil and 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball. Swipe mixture on the affected area. Lemon, bergamot, angelica, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and other citrus oils can be photosensitive and can cause a rash or brown pigmentation on skin exposed to UV sunlight one to two days after application. Oil can sensitize the skin for up to 24 hours. Apply the mixture at night and wash it off in the morning.
How to Use Lemon Oil
Potpourri: Using cedar chips, add a couple drops of lemon essential oil. Stick in a sock drawer or laundry basket to leave your clothes smelling fresh.
Spritz bottle: Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a water bottle and spray the room. Works great in the bathroom as an air freshener.
Add to disinfected soap: Give your soap an extra kick with a couple drops of lemon essential oil.
Dishwasher and laundry: Can be added to dishwasher or laundry detergent for extra cleaning capabilities.
Paint: Add one drop of lemon essential oil to a gallon of paint to help neutralize the paint smell.
Surface cleaners: Works as a fantastic surface cleaner when added with water, vinegar, or other cleaning products.
Repels bugs: When diffused or sprinkled on doorways it helps deter bugs from entering the home.
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I am a spa owner sharing my experience, always use your intuition and do what is best for you.