It will surprise no one that the most outstanding and appreciated property of lemon essential oil is its disinfectant one. It is also considered a tonic and a purifier.

The plant and the production of essential oil

Citrus limon is a fruit tree belonging to the Rutaceae family, like many other citrus fruits it is in all likelihood a non-natural hybrid, men have been cultivating citrus fruits for millennia and it is believed that all the species of the genus Citrus derive from crosses between the citron, the mandarin and the pomelo.

Lemon is probably the result of crossing bitter orange and citron. It is believed that it was born in China, but it is not easy to be certain given that it was already widespread in Persia, Iraq and Egypt in ancient times. Certainly the name by which we know it derives from a Persian term, not a Chinese one, which is pronounced limù and which indicates all citrus fruits. The lemon tree has small dimensions (usually between 3 and 6 meters), the flowers are small, white in color and are very fragrant, the fruits (need it need to be said?) are yellow.

In favorable climatic conditions the plant has more blooms during the year, but the most important one is that of April-May which lasts two months and gives rise to the collection of winter fruits from October. The essential oil can be obtained with the system used for most essential oils of steam distillation but also by squeezing or by solvent extraction.

Properties of lemon essential oil

As mentioned several times, all essential oils have disinfectant properties to some extent, but those of lemon essential oil are particularly important and constitute the main property for which it is appreciated. After all, the disinfectant properties of lemon are widely used in disinfectants and cleaning products and an essential oil is nothing more than a very powerful concentrate of the plant's properties. Other properties attributed to lemon essential oil are that it is a tonic for the circulatory system, has healing and purifying properties.

Topical use of lemon essential oil

The disinfectant and healing properties make it suitable for fighting acne and oily skin, it can also be used added to face masks, especially to lighten skin spots . However, it should be remembered that lemon essential oil is phototoxic, therefore, especially if you use it on an exposed part such as the skin of the face, you absolutely must not expose yourself to the sun afterwards. Diluted in a massage oil such as sweet almond oil, it can be used for anti-cellulite massages. The disinfectant properties in case of colds and similar ailments can be used in suffumigi.

How to use it in aromatherapy

In aromatherapy, lemon essential oil is recommended against headaches, in fact it would help to relax, on the other hand it is also considered a tonic that helps memory. Furthermore, in the case of mild colds, the use in aromatherapy can replace the one concentrated in fumes and provide relief.


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