Lemon Essential Oil is expressed from the fresh skin of the Citrus limonum from the Rutaceae Family, also known as Citrus Limon.

Lemon trees grow up to 6 metres in height. The fruit is born from slightly pink flowers. The fruit is bright green ripening to its brilliant colour of yellow.

Lemon oil is very versatile. It can be used as a food additive and in perfume. It also has many internal and external healing and preventative uses. The fruit is a rich source of vitamin C amongst others.

Lemon Essential Oil has been used historically. It is believed the Lemon was first introduced to Europe around the 1400’s. It is believed the Lemon has its origins in or around the Middle East.

The Extraction process
Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the fresh skin of the lemon by cold expression. Lemon oil is of a thin consistency and a rich yellow colour. The aroma is natural, much like a concentrated lemon skin.

Uses as an Essential Oil
Lemon oil has many beneficial uses. Whether used as a treatment or prevention of illness and disease, in cooking or whether used for its naturally calming and refreshing smell, Lemon Essential Oil should be at arms reach in all Aromatherapy kits.

The following is a brief summary of some of the benefits and possible uses for the use of Lemon Oil in a home setting.

- Lemon oil is excellent for aiding the digestive system. You may find benefit from Lemon Essential Oil if you suffer Heartburn, Ulcers, or stomach problems relating to digestive issues.

- Lemon Essential Oil may aid in the healing of cuts and abrasions, minor wounds, and boils.

- Lemon oil may relieve symptoms associated with Stress, Anxiety and Nervousness.

- As an additive in lotion, lemon oil may assist in the treatment of acne and can be used as a general skin tonic.

- Lemon oil has also been used in the treatment of Stress, Anxiety and fatigue and may give a heightened awareness for decision making.

- Lemon oil is also used to aid in relieving headaches and migraines.

Essential oils have many benefits and can aid in the prevention or healing of many complaints. Every individual is different. Some essential oils can be toxic. Some oils must never be ingested while others require limited exposure to the sun due to phototoxicity. Read the label and ask your supplier if you are in doubt of the safest use for any particular oil. Not just the one in this article.

Author's Bio: 

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