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Citrus limonum

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Parts Used: rind of fruit

Source: expression of the outer part of the fresh peel of the fruit of the small evergreen tree native to Asia and eastern India. Most of the oil is produced in the Mediterranean region, especially Spain and Portugal. Some sources are extracted from the rind of the fruit grown in Brazil.

Description and Odor Effect: a pale yellow-green liquid with a sharp, fresh citrus scent. Its odor effect is uplifting and refreshing.

Nature: uplifting, stimulating

Blends well with: grapefruit, lavender, orange, rosemary, roman chamomile, myrrh, juniper berry, petitgrain, ylang ylang, eucalyptus, fennel, cedarwood, clary sage, neroli

Physical Uses: Lemon works well on skin problems, as it is both an antiseptic and an astringent. In skin care it is stimulating, toning and refreshing. It is used to treat acne, oily skin, boils, warts, corns, and cellulite. It is popular for respiratory disorders, bronchitis, asthma, colds, coughs, influenza, bleeding gums and sore throats. It also lowers blood pressure, and helps treat fevers and digestive problems, arthritis, rheumatism and poor circulation. It stimulates the immune system and is helpful as a gall bladder, liver, lymphatic, and circulatory tonic.

Mental and Emotional Uses: Lemon clears the mind of sluggishness and apathy. It brightens ones outlook, leaving the mind alert and clear. It revitalizes, re-energizes, and eases depression and tension. Lemon can also help people suffering from insomnia.

Caution: use in low concentrations. Can be a skin irritant – dilute to 1% and use less than 3 drops in bath. Phototoxic - do not apply to the skin shortly before exposure to sunlight as it may cause pigmentation.

Try to use within one year of purchase as the aroma rapidly deteriorates with age.

Therapeutic Properties: antianemic, antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, antilithic, antineuralgic, antioxidant, antipruritic, antirheumatic, antisclerotic, antiscorbutic, antiseptic (strong), antispasmodic, antistress, antitoxic, antitussive, aperitive, astringent, blood purifier, calmative, carminative, cephalic, cicatrizant, coagulant, cooling, decongestant, depurative, detoxifier, diaphoretic, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, emollient, febrifuge, hemostatic, hepatic, hypotensor, insect repellent, insecticide, invigorating (immune system), laxative, parasiticide, refreshing, rubefacient, sedative, stimulant (circulatory and lymphatic systems), stomachic, tonic, uplifting, vermifuge

Applications: massage and bath oils; add to skin care lotions, local application (warts), hot compress, inhalations, mouthwash, vaporizer, room fragrance

Keyword: Refreshing

Lemon Magic: Lemon juice is mixed with water and used to wash amulets, jewelry and other magical objects which have been obtained second-hand.

Lemon Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To improve energy and relieve post-viral fatigue:

  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 4 drops Myrtle
  • 2 drops Manuka
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.


Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.


Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.

Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.

Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.

Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.

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