The lemon tree originated in Southeast Asia but is now grown extensively in hot climates around the world, particularly in California and the Mediterranean. The Greeks and Romans used lemon peel as an insect repellant. By the late 17th century, Europeans were using lemon as a blood purifier and digestive.
Lemon is effective in treating infections of all kind and is believed to increase white blood cell activity. Lemon is tonifying to the circulatory and digestive system and helps counteract acidity in the body.
Botanical Name: Citrus limonum
Odor Intensity: Low
Note: Lemon Zest is not the same as Lemon Peel
Cellulite, cellular congestion
Colds and flu
Gallstones and urinary stones
Aroma: clean, fresh, citrus, penetrating.
Part Used: Peel
Properties: antiseptic, anti-toxic, antiviral, bactericidal, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, stimulant, stomachic, tonic.
Emotional Concerns: Lemon is uplifting and rejuvenating. It can clear thinking and dispel sluggishness.
Contraindications: Lemon has a short shelf life. Old oil used on the skin may cause an allergic reaction. Lemon is photosensitizing, so avoid sunlight and tanning beds after application. Use only in low concentrations for all dermal applications and baths.
Combine essential oils in an amber glass bottle. Use 3-4 drops in a steam inhalation.
Antiseptic Spray for the Home:
10 drops Lemon
3 drops Thyme
8 oz. distilled Water
2 Tbsp alcohol
Add lemon to alcohol in a glass spray bottle. Add water. Shake before using.