Natters on Aromas - Lemon
Updated: Feb 1, 2019
I don't think any fruit says Winter better than Lemon. When you have a cold, and if like me and my family we have all suffered this Christmas, it was mugs of hot lemon, ginger and honey - yummy.
So the Aromatherapy course is progressing. 12 more oils to share - eventually. Hard to fit this in now with all the studying, but I will pop up as regularly as I can. So below are all the benefits of lemon and a few housekeeping details so you know a little about the botanical and chemistry side. Feel free to skip if you start to yawn!!!
Lemon originates from Southern Europe. It has a fresh sharp aroma. It comes from the plant family – Rutaceae. This family is known for helping with digestive and skin problems.
Lemon is a top note; good for mixing with other oils and rounding off the edges of the sweetness of others.
Lemon’s chemical profile – contains 90% limonene, 10% pinene, citral, some citronellal and coumarins including bergaptene.
It grows on a tree in a warm and sunny climate. The fruit tree has long, sharp thorns which makes it different from other fruit trees.
Lemon oil isn’t distilled, it is expressed from the peel; often referred to as cold pressed. This is a process by which the oil is extracted under mechanical pressure and comes from the rind.
Lemon is phototoxic. Make sure you use a pure expressed oil, and no more than a 2% dilution if you are in the sun. If undiluted, make sure you don’t go out into the sun until an hour after application. It can also be a mild skin irritant so one to be careful with.
It has the properties of being an anti-coagulant, anti-infection, anti-viral, anti-microbial, digestive, astringent and a pancreatic stimulant. If we look at each of the body systems and its properties, we can see where lemon can have great benefits.
Nervous system – headaches, nightmares and hypertension. Has sedative properties. Good one to mix with Lavender.
Circulation – anti-coagulant means it can stem bleeding. It purports to boost a sluggish lymphatic and circulatory system, and as such helps with cellulite and varicose veins.
Body tissue – can ease arthritis, rheumatism and gout. These conditions indicate an excess of acid and all have in common the inability of the body to get rid of acid waste. Uric acid then accumulates around the joints and soft tissues, causing inflammation and pain. Its alkaline properties are good for these conditions.
Skin - used neat it can help with warts and verrucas. Put on daily, and cover with a plaster until it wants to fall away.
Respiratory – bronchitis, catarrh. It is a good oil to use when you have a cold. It can bring down temperatures. It is particularly good to rub diluted into the chest if your coughs and colds are characterised by yellow or green catarrh. It is excellent to be diffused around the home as an aerial antiseptic to help ward the rest of the family from getting a cold. It is cleansing for the Immune system. It should be noted, though, that citrus oils should not be diffused in the presence of cats.
Good for a sluggish digestive system. Cleansing for the liver. Limonene has been thought to dissolve gall stones. Helpful for ulcers and obesity. It can also act as a laxative.
Urinary – it is known to help with kidney stones.
Reproductive – the anti-fungal property is good for thrush. Mix a few drops in a carrier oil and have a soak in a bath.
If you suffer from greasy hair it is good to add a few drops to your shampoo. Being an astringent, you can also add it to your face cream, to help with an overactive oily skin.
It works as a good household cleaner too; you can make your own cleaning products using this oil, particularly good for hard water areas. Cleanses and purifies surfaces. Good remedy for the early stages of metal tarnish.
With its cleansing properties, this oil also works on an emotional level and helps sharpen the mind. Studies have shown that diffusing it in the office helps lessen mistakes.
It helps to dispel negative thoughts of guilt, jealousy and regret. It can promote a positive mood.
Please remember when reading this, it is for fun and information. I am writing this as I study. If anything rings true for you and you would like to use lemon oil, be careful, take advice from a professional. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
None of the above is in place of medical advice. It’s just my knowledge journey with lemon. I am not suggesting any diagnosis, treatment or cure.