Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil, citrus limonum, has a clean, sharp , refreshing and uplifting scent. Used in a diffuser, lemon will purify stale air and act as a disinfectant. It also stimulates the white corpuscles in the body which help to fight infection. Used in massage oil to relieve lymph glands congested from infection and reduces bloating, some say even will promote weight loss. Use in cosmetics on oily complexions and skin blemishes. Regulates oily hair. Aroma will also help slightly reduce blood pressure and can be used as an antidepressant.
Lemon is a small, straggling tree about 11 feet high, irregularly branched, the bark varying in color from clear grey on the trunk, green on the younger branches to a purplish color on the twigs. The evergreen leaves are ovate-oval. The well-known fruit is an ovoid berry, about three inches long, nipple-shaped at the end, smooth, bright yellow, indented over the oil-glands, having an acid, paleyellow pulp. About forty-seven varieties are said to have been developed during the centuries of cultivation.
Lemon essential oil, citrus limonum, blends well with the following essential oils: benzoin, chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniperberry, neroli (orange blossom), and ylang ylang.
Cautions - Non toxic, phototoxic - do not use on skin exposed direct to sunlight
Properties - Anti-anemic, antimicrobal, antirheumatic, antisclerotic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrizant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, hemostatic, hypotensive, insecticide, rubefacient, stimulates white corpuscles, tonic, vermifuge.

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