Lemon Oil

Lemon oil

What is Lemon oil?

Let's face it, lemons were created for one purpose, to refresh, and refreshing is most likely the first word that comes to mind when we hear the name (acidic is a close second though). So with lemon oil... Lemonade has become a staple and fun source of income and activity for children the world over during the holidays, highly sought for its refreshing effect, just like the fruit itself. Lemons are amongst the most known citrus fruits in the world. It was used in ancient Egypt and Rome to treat infectious diseases. The lemon is an evergreen tree originating from Asia but now grown in most tropical and warm temperate zones of the world. The lemon fruit is juicy and has a refreshing acrid taste, and is also used in beverages and some cuisines for flavor. The oil (also known as citrus lemon oil) is a cold-pressed extract from the rinds (peels) of the fruit. Believe it or not but close to a thousand lemons go into making a pound of the oil.

Properties

Lemon oil is turbocharged with vitamin c (almost double the amount in other citrus fruits) and other phytochemicals that have been identified as potential cancer prevention backups. The oil is mainly composed of limonene, which is a powerful antioxidant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, detox agent, amongst its other properties. The oil is also composed of aromatic compounds such as pinene It also contains citric acid which is a very good natural preservative, flavonoid compounds known for their strong antioxidant properties. Lemon oil is also known for its strong antifungal, antibacterial, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, sedative properties. The pun is not intended but it cannot be helped; as an essential oil, lemon oil is an essential must-have.

Precautions

  • Keep out of the reach of children.
  • For people with highly sensitive skin, use lemon oil sparingly and better yet get medical advice.
  • The oil is phototoxic and so should not be applied directly before heading out

Benefits

I'll be candid, no candida

The mouth and intestine walls are natural habitats of the fungus candida, however, sometimes the fungus can overpopulate, leading to what is commonly known as a thrush or yeast infection. If left unchecked, it affects our skin, mouth, genitals and even blood, and can kill when at extreme levels. Lemon oil has antifungal and antimicrobial properties and has been found to inhibit the growth of Candida strains. It can be used an effective homemade remedy.

Skin care

Lemon oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties which makes it a good disinfectant for cut and wounds. Skin deep, skin fresh, skin clear. Fresh-looking, bright, smooth, firm, beautiful skin. You can have all that and more. Lemon oil is a powerful antioxidant and also has astringent properties. This gives it super cleansing powers which leave your skin feeling fresh, smooth, youthful, shiny, evenly toned and rejuvenated, a refreshing and beautiful sight. Coupled with its anti-inflammatory effect, skin conditions such as acne are no match for lemon oil. The oil is actually perfect if you have oily skin.

Haircare

If you have oily or greasy hair, then lemon oil is what you need to stop the worry. The astringent and antioxidating properties of the oil ensure you get firm, shiny hair as it soaks up excess oil and tightens hair follicles.

Stay with fresh breath

Your dental hygiene can greatly be improved with lemon oil. Its anti-microbial, antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it a natural protection against plaque, candida overgrowth, and bad breath. It'll leave your mouth fresh and cool.

Be relieved and rest easy

The oil is known to have antidepressant properties and can be just the thing you need when you feel stressed, depressed, or just in need of some serenity and calm (hello aromatherapy). Lemon oil is also a sedative and can lull you to sleep.

NO to cancer

Lemon oil is a powerful antioxidant, which is bad news for free radicals that can cause cell mutation that can lead to the growth of cancerous cells or tumors.

Side effects

By far the biggest drawback of lemon oil is that it is phototoxic (burns in sunlight). Exposure to the sunlight after application of the oil can actually speed up the sunburn process on your body and irritate the skin.