Lemon Essential Oil
Uplifting and cleansing
Expands energy, promotes a sense of opening
Reduces tension and depression
Invites happy, outward energy
***DO NOT use this oil on the skin without diluting it.*** Carrier oil options include: Coconut, Grapeseed, Hempseed, Jojaba, Sweet Almond, Sunflower
The main component, d-limonene, has significant antinociceptive activity (reduces the sensation of pain).Hirota
. (2010) suggested this might be due to its considerable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.
Lemon essential oil and d-limonene are inhibitors of 5-LOX (Baylac and Racine 2003). Theessential oil displays good anti-inflammatory activity (Mitoshi
. 2014). See also
Antibacterial: Limonene is often found in oils with strong antimicrobial actions.
Antidepressant: Lemon oil has antidepressant effects. The inhalation of d-limonene hasanxiolytic action (reduces anxiety). Lemon essential oil, and its components limonene and citral can decrease both physical and psychological stress.
Antioxidant: One of the components, γ-terpinene, is an LDL antioxidant.
Antispasmodic: The antispasmodic actions oflLemon are likely due in part to the presence of d-limonene, avasorelaxant.
Antiviral: Although there is no research to support that lemon oil is antiviral, many Aromatherapists feel citrus oils highin d-limonene can assist with overcoming a virus. This might be due to the ability of d-limonene to activate white bloodcells and fight infection.
Astringent: Many citrus oils, including Lemon and those containing high levels of monoterpenes (such as limonene),can contract and tighten the tissues.
Cooling: Lemon has a cooling effect. It evaporates quickly on contact with the skin, giving rise to a cooling sensation,and its anti-inflammatory actions reduce heat in the tissues.
Diuretic: When used in a blend, lemon can contribute to a diuretic effect.
Immunostimulant: With its antibacterial and antioxidant actions, anti-inflammatory actions, and activating, tonic effectson the mind and body, Lemon essential oil can be used to help support the immune system and promote well-being.
Liver support/protector: d-Limonene can increase the rate of synthesis of glutathione S-transferase in the liver. This is an important enzyme in detoxification pathways.
Skin penetration enhancer: d-Limonene, the principle component, enhances skin penetration.
Aroma: Lemon essential oil has a fresh, sharp citrus top note, followed by sweet, fresh lemony notes. It has low tenacity. Theimmediate effect is attributed by d-limonene, and then the aldehyde geranial (which shows up in very small
Latin Name: Citrus limon
Plant Part Used: Fresh Fruit Rind
Countries of Origin: Spain, Italy, France, S. Africa