Welcome to Simply Healthy Life’s series on essential oils, An Oil a Day. Here you will find simplified (but still in depth!) information about various essential oils and how they can be used.
Today we’ll be looking a very versatile and well loved oil: Lemon.
Lemons were introduced to the Americas by Christopher Columbus. At that time it was mainly used ornamentally and for medicinal purposes. In the 1700s, Scottish physician James Lind conducted the first known clinical trial and developed the theory that citrus fruits could cure scurvy (if you’re a medical geek like me you’ll enjoy reading his story).
Lemon oil is obtained from lemons by a process known as cold pressing. It takes about 75 lemons to make one 15 mL bottle of lemon essential oil. Citrus oils like lemon will dissolve petrochemicals and break down plastic which is why you should never use citrus oils in a plastic container or cup.
The primary constituent of lemon essential oil is limonene (about 70%). D-limonene is a powerful antioxidant which helps to support a healthy immune system. I highly recommend you research d-limonene and the positive benefits it provides. You can find several studies with just a quick google search. Lemon plays an important role in Ningxia Red, Young Living’s superfruit supplement.
–supports the circulatory system
–supports the digestive system
–promotes a relaxed feeling
How to Use
Place 2-3 drops in a gel capsule with carrier oil and take up to three times daily.
Add to your favorite water or drink (be sure to only use glass).
Use in recipes to enhance the flavor of food.
Apply directly to remove sticky residue or add to natural household cleaners.
Apply to tough laundry stains or add to laundry detergent to brighten whites.
Put a few drops on a cotton ball and place in a stinky room to help deodorize.
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