Family Description Commonly known as the rue or citrus family, is a family of flowering plants. Species of the family generally have flowers that divide into four or five parts, usually with strong scents. They range in form and size from herbs to shrubs and small trees.
Synonyms C. limonum, cedro oil, Expressed lemon oil
Method of Extraction Cold expression from the outer part of the fresh peel. A terpeneless oil is also produced on a large scale (cedro oil).
Colour Pale to deep yellow
Aromatic Description Aroma is similar to fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated.
Description A small evergreen tree up to 6 metres high with serrated oval leaves, stiff thorns and very fragrant flowers. The fruit turns from green to yellow when ripe.
Distribution Native to
Asia, probably east , grows wild in the Mediterranean region especially in India and Spain . It is cultivated extensively worldwide in Portugal , Italy , Sicily , Cyprus , Guinea , South and Israel North America ( and California ). Florida
Personality Profile They sparkle and are full of life, with a very positive approach, in the form of an unshakeable confidence in everything that they do. Lemon is like a breath of fresh air; positively wonderful to have around, not too bothered by the struggles and strains of living, able to take everything quite calmly. They radiate with energy, are very active and positive.
History and Myth Lemon juice was considered the best of all anti-scorbutics (a remedy for scurvy).
English ships were required by law to carry sufficient lemon or lime juice for every seaman to have once daily after being at sea for ten days or more.
Blends Lavender, neroli, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood, olibanum, chamomile, benzoin, fennel, geranium, eucalyptus, juniper, oakmoss, lavandin, elemi, labdanum and other citrus oils.
Points of Interest Studies in
found that when lemon was dispersed through the room, typing errors reduced by 54%. Japan
Lemon is said to alleviate fears of emotional involvement and of losing oneself in another person.
The fragrance of lemon enables deeper meditations and it is spiritually cleansing.
Therapeutic Uses Skin: Acne, anaemia, brittle nails, boils, chilblains, corns, cuts, greasy skin, herpes, insect bites, month ulcers, spots, varicose veins, warts.
Circulation, muscles and joints: Arthritis, cellulites, high blood pressure, nosebleeds, obesity (congestion), poor circulation, rheumatism, toxaemia, cellulite.
Respiratory System: Asthma, throat infections bronchitis, catarrh.
Digestive System: Dyspepsia
Immune System: Colds, flu, fever, infections.
Nervous System: Mental fatigue, helps clear the mind, calming (emotionally overwrought).
Therapeutic Actions Anti-anaemic, antimicrobial, anti-oxidant, antirheumatic, antisclerotic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, stimulates white corpuscles, tonic, vermifuge.
Mode of Administration Massage, compress, bath, ointment, inhalation – direct, diffuser, oil vaporiser.
Safety Information Non-toxic, can cause dermal irritation or sensitisation reactions in some individuals (apply in moderation). Lemon is photo-toxic – do not use on skin exposed to direct sunlight.
Contra-indications Avoid during first trimester of pregnancy
Lemon may be irritating for stomach ulcer.
Principle Constituents Limonene, terpinene, pinenes, sabinene, myrcene, citral, linalool, geraniol, octanol, nonanol, citronellal, bergamotene.
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