Name: Lemon, Citrus limonum
Manufacturer: Holisticshop.co.uk - Professional quality oils
Size: 10 ml
Concentration: 100% concentrated and pure
Purify, refresh and protect your body. Stimulate, cool and clarify your mind. Lift, strengthen and release your free spirit!
About Lemon Essential Oil: A distinctly pleasant and powerful ally against a myriad of harmful micro-organisms, lemon oil is an essential addition to your natural first aid kit. The ideal oil to diffuse if you want to keep your spaces fresh, healthy and germ-free, and your mind, body and spirit in peak condition.
Description of Aroma: Typical of newly grated lemon peel; sharp, tangy, fresh and citrussy.
Ruling Planet: Sun
Properties Beneficial To The Mind, Emotions And Spirit: Citrus fruits are said to strengthen the astral body. This invigorating oil has a high vibration, able to lift your spirits, especially if you are suffering from depression or mental fatigue. It stimulates the brain, increasing your concentration and ability to memorize things, so diffuse it in your room while you are involved in intellectual pursuits - it is said to bring a sense of fun!
In times of confusion and psychological turmoil, this oil will clear your mind and aid in decision making. Lemon calms stormy emotional outbursts - it may help you avoid them altogether. This oil may also shed light on dubious situations and emotional problems. You may find this oil refreshing and cooling when feeling mentally hot and bothered, providing you with much needed clarity of mind.
Of Interest: Native to Asia - probably originating in India - lemon trees are now widely cultivated. The word lemon is derived from the Persian limun and the Arabic laimun - both referring to citrus fruits. Unknown to the ancient Greeks, the lemon was apparently brought to Europe by Roman soldiers returning from Asia Minor. Some sources state that the lemon tree came to Sicily at the end of the 5th century, others that it came from Arabia in the 12th century, and that during the Middle Ages crusaders brought rich treasures back from the Holy Wars, the lemon being one of them. Whatever the case, Italy became one of the main lemon-producing regions and nowadays Sicily has the reputation for producing the best lemon oil.
Lemon has long been considered one of the most important natural medicines for home use; in antiquity the Egyptians employed it as an antidote for fish and meat poisoning. In ancient times the effective germicidal properties of lemon encouraged its use in removing toxicity from magical implements. In Spain and some other European countries, lemon is considered something of a cure-all. The most acidic fruit of the vegetal kingdom, its high vitamin C content helps improve resistance to infection. Long valued as an antiseptic against bites from insects carrying disease, this oil can also kill the bacteria responsible for meningitis, typhoid, (it has been employed during epidemics), pneumonia and staphylococcus infections, and is believed to be useful in treating malaria. Its antiseptic properties last for 20 days after application.
Before the invention of the oil-processing centrifuge, the oil of lemon was obtained by hand-squeezing the oil into a sponge. Lemon trees are more sensitive to cold than orange trees, and cannot tolerate shade. Yet they bear fruit all year round. One tree produces a average of 200 pounds of fruit per year, which yields about 1 pound of essential oil. This translates as between 675 and 1,400 lemons, depending on the time of harvest, (or 3,000 lemons producing 1 kilo.) Surprisingly, the oil is produced mostly from the unripe green fruit as these are a richer source of oil.
Brain research has found that lemon activates the centre of the hippopcampus, (part of the brain connected with learning and memory), and Japanese scientists discovered that when lemon was diffused in a room, typists made 54% less errors - proving it improves the ability to concentrate. The oil is now diffused through the air-conditioning systems in some Japanese workplaces, to increase workers' concentration and ability to memorize, therefore cutting back errors by half. Inhaling the oil in this way relaxes the brain waves, lowers blood pressure and has an antidepressant effect.
A cleansing tea can be made form dried lemon peels. In fact lemon has numerous uses in perfumery, cosmetics, pharmacy and the food, drink and soap industries, although it is often falsified with synthetic substitutes for commercial purposes.
Properties Beneficial To The Physical Body: A surprisingly versatile oil, lemon is a strong antiseptic, antibacterial, germicidal, antioxidant and anti-rheumatic agent. It can reduce fevers and help the body resist infections such as colds, sore throats and flu. A must as preventative medicine for many conditions, such as circulatory problems, stomach infections and arteriosclerosis. It may also help with male sterility.
Lemon stimulates and improves digestion, is a diuretic, a muscle tonic, it cleanses the lymphatic system and liver, strengthens the immune system and activates the formation of both red and white blood cells, which may be useful with anemia. It can stop bleeding and reduce swelling. Interestingly, although it appears acidic, its alkaline affect neutralizes body acid.
This oil can strengthen weak, brittle nails and make your hair shine. Its astringent effect brightens a dull complexion and is ideal to combat oily hair and skin, and dandruff. It is also worth adding to anti-wrinkle and cellulite formulas.
Lemon Oil Blending Suggestions: Lemon adds a lovely fresh green note when blended, and it mixes well with many other essential oils. Add it to lavender, pine, cedar, juniper, eucalyptus, fennel, benzoin, cardamon and chamomile. Or try it with frankincense, ginger, linden blossom, neroli, rose, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Alternative suggestions for use Lemon is a very powerful yet pleasant-smelling cleaning and disinfecting agent. It is ideal for diffusing in waiting rooms, hospitals, sick rooms and schools. It also purifies water - if you are unsure about the safety of drinking water, add one drop of essential oil (or the juice of one lemon) per litre.
Lemon oil is an effective insect repellent and can be applied to bites and stings. Try it to remove oil or grease spots, and add it to your toiletries to create refreshing shower products, colognes, perfumes and after-shaves. Alternatively lemon is a mild bleach that can highlight fair hair and lighten freckles.
Essential Safety Precautions: This oil is phototoxic, so avoid exposure to strong sunlight or U.V. rays after application if you have sensitive skin. The oil itself is sensitive to light and heat, so it is advisable to store larger quantities in the fridge. It has a shorter shelf life than many others, around 8-10 months.
Do not use essential oils undiluted or take internally without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information contained here is for general interest and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment.
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We take great pride in the quality of our essential oil range.
Originally the Holisticshop range of essential oils went under the name of Windflowers. This company was founded by a qualified aromatherapist, selling high quality oils to shops and aromatherapists throughout UK and the world. In 2003 the opportunity came up for Holisticshop to buy Windflowers, which we did. This acquisition has meant that since this time Holisticshop customers have been able to buy high quality oils at the price professional aromatherapists would expect to pay.
Lower quality oils are available on the market but we continue to pick the best quality source for every oil. For example our lavender oil is "High Alpine" lavender from Mount Ventoux in the Pyrennes and the ylang ylang is the "complete" oil, not the ylang ylang II or III which come from a different stage in the distillation process. In the current climate essential oil prices on the open market have risen quite dramatically and some sellers are cutting quality. We have maintained quality, bought well and kept as competitive as always.
We do not buy anonymous drums of essential oils on the open market and we do not redistill lower quality oils to remake a “scientifically” higher grade oil that does not smell great (this happens sometimes with ylang ylang). We know the country and the growers of all our oils. Please be assured by the care we take with making sure our oils are great quality. You will smell the difference.
* They are non-adulterated and are as produced at the still
* We specify the country of origin for each oil
* Each oil has been independently tested by French chemist
* Our essential oils are not blended unless we say specifically say so
* No middlemen - straight from soil to bottle
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