Lemon oil is the purest of all essential oils and was already cultivated in China in the 10th century before Christ. It spread further to Persia. Alexander the Great took it to Greece from where the lemon got to the Arab countries. It was only for the crusaders that the lemon found its way to Europe and the New World.
The pleasantly fresh, tangy, and fruity scent is an enrichment in perfumes and cosmetics, and the kitchen.
Because of the valuable ingredients and vitamins contained in lemon oil, it is a top-rated oil.
In the Middle Ages, the lemon was indispensable for the sailors because of its supportive ingredients. Botanically speaking, lemons belong to the rhombic family. They are now native to America, Asia, and the Mediterranean region. The pure essential lemon oil is slightly yellowish with a beguiling scent. The oil can be used externally but also internally (as a spice in food and beverages).
Extraction of lemon oil
The lemons’ peel is rich in essential oils; therefore, the lemon peels are not distilled with steam but through cold pressing. The production of pure essential lemon oil is, therefore, gentle and relatively simple. The peels of about 3000 lemons are needed to extract one liter of oil. One of the main customers of worldwide lemon oil products is “Coca-Cola.”
Lemon Oil: mythology, customs, and traditional uses
The best-known disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency is scurvy. This vitamin deficiency disease can be avoided with the right food.
Scurvy was a disease that was highly feared by sailors. In the Middle Ages, this deficiency disease was often the leading cause of death among seafarers. There are more than 100 severe scurvy epidemics known between 1556 and 1857. The frequent scurvy occurrence was the unbalanced diet of sailors, which consisted mainly of salted meat and rusk. The disease’s name comes from the Latin word “scorbutus,” which means “mouth rot.”
Lemon Oil today
Due to its numerous supportive properties, pure essential lemon oil is in great demand for cosmetics or as a room fragrance and as a beneficial agent for internal use.
The following preventive properties have been known for centuries:
- Promotes concentration
- Relieves cramps
- Strengthens the heart
- Boosts the mood
- Stimulates the psyche
- Antimicrobial, -bacterial, -rheumatic, -septic, -mycotic, -viral and -sclerotic
- Stimulates the bile flow
- Strengthens the immune system
- Strengthens the liver
- Counteracts depression, relieves anxiety and stress
- Calms the nerves
–Undiluted use is not recommended because it can cause skin irritation.
–Did you know:
Lemon Oil dissolves greases (therefore also suitable for use in self-made cleaning agents).
More applications where the Lemon Essential Oil might prove helpful
Especially in the wintertime, when colds, the flu, winter depressions, and the respiratory tract’s inflammations are high in season, the scent of lemon in a fragrance lamp can work real wonders. Therefore, with just a few drops of lemon oil in the fragrance lamp, you will do something good for your psyche and your health. Besides, lemon oil can strengthen the pancreas and reduce the body’s production of insulin.
Possible side effects
Essential Lemon Oil must be used pure but always diluted with an appropriate carrier oil, such as almond oil. Otherwise, skin irritations and rashes could occur.
Did you know:
If you use the Lemon Essential Oil as a revitalizing crème, your skin becomes more light-sensitive? Therefore, you should never use such a crème before sunbathing.