Common name: Lemon Oil
Botanical name: Citrus limonum Risso
Habitat regions: Mediterranean, India and China
Common method of extraction: Cold pressing
Part of plant used: Fruit’s peel
Color: Pale yellow
Scent: Fresh and sharp citrus scent
Combines well with: Lavender, Fennel, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Sandalwood, Geranium, Tea Tree, Chamomile and many others
Description: Perhaps, Lemon fruit has more beneficial properties than any other fruit. It originates from Asia and came to Europe in Medieval times for curing scurvy and then became very popular for cooking and cleaning. The name Limonum is comes from the Arabic Limun or Limu, which probably derives from the ancient Sanskrit Nimbuka.
The essential oil of lemon is one of the 16 different varieties of the Citrus genus and is well known for its healing and refreshing effects. Lemon oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antiviral attributes, while it can rejuvenate skin, tone tissues, uplift mood, clear mind, enhance concentration and memory and much more. It is a precious natural gift, but it must be underlined that lemon oil, just like all citrus oils, has limited lifetime. It is advisable to be consumed in less than 6 months period after purchase (especially when used for therapeutic purposes), in order to get as much of its vital properties as possible.
Lemon oil properties
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Precautions: Lemon oil is phototoxic and skin should not be exposed to sunlight for 24 hours after use. Remember that it is very potent. Never use it undiluted and remember that direct inhalation and greater concentrations of 5% must be avoided, otherwise nose damage and skin irritation is possible for sensitive individuals.