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Digging Deeper: Lemon

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Lemon

(Citrus limon)

Who doesn’t love the scent of lemon? When I was pregnant with the first two kids, I carried around a zip lock bag of lemon slices to sniff whenever I got nauseated. I had little lemon candies in every purse and pocket too. With the last two kids, I stepped up my game and just kept a bottle of essential oil on hand.

Originally from regions in Asia, the lemon tree wasn’t common in Europe until the 16th century. It is a part of the evergreen family and reaches a height of about 20 feet. From those trees, 75 lemons are required to make one 15-ml bottle of Lemon essential oil. This is accomplished by cold pressing the rinds of the lemons, producing an oil with the aroma of freshly picked fruit.

Lemons are evergreen trees native to Asia. Lemon trees have smooth, green oval leaves that produce fragrant flowers in the winter followed by the tart yellow fruits we know and love.

Magical Attributes

  • Lemons resonate with the energy of the moon and the element of water. Lemons can be used to celebrate lunar deities and lemonade is especially good for summertime rituals.
  • Lemon juice is purifying and cleansing and can be used to that capacity in ritual, try using it as an asperge or using lemon bath products in your ritual bath. A lemon leaf can be added to bath tea for the same purpose. Either lemon oil can be added to wash water, or lemon leaf can be steeped in it to cleanse your home.
  • Lemon flowers are used in love spells and the rind can be added to baked goods prepared with loving intent.
  • The fruit can be used to turn away harmful spells or the evil eye.

Healing Attributes

  • The juice of one fresh, organic lemon mixed with six ounces of water is a wonderful cleansing and purifying tonic to be drunk twice a day! It helps with digestion by assisting in the cleansing of the entire digestive tract and can relieve bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. It is also a liver stimulant and helps cleanse the system of toxins, particularly uric acid. It is useful for rheumatism, excessive menstruation, asthma and supports the immune system during times of illness.
  • Served hot with a bit of honey, lemon water is a traditional remedy for all manner of colds, fevers, sore throats and general congestion.
  • Drinking lemon water regularly will ensure proper digestion of your food and absorption its nutrients.
  • Lemon water should be used instead of oral electrolyte solutions (like Pedialyte or Gatorade) for re-hydrating purposes because it works and it has less sugar.
  • Some people are sensitive to lemons. This may manifest as a headache or asthmatic symptoms. The acid in lemons is damaging to tooth enamel.

The Scent of Lemon

The distinctively citrus scent of lemon is clean, sharp, bright and uplifting. The scent of lemon helps to reduce blood pressure and increases concentration and improves the ability to memorize facts and figures. The scent of lemon in an office is said to reduce data entry and other errors. This fragrance is also helpful in decision making.

The scent of lemon is best stored in essential oil form and may be added to massage oil or lotion and rubbed into the skin. The oil can also be dropped into an oil diffuser for ritual use. Lemon rind may also be added to potpourri.

Household Use

  • Lemon trees make great bonsai specimens.
  • Lemon juice is a great rinse for hair and will gradually lighten hair if used regularly.
  • Show your kids how to use lemon to send secret messages to their friends. Write with a toothpick dipped in lemon juice and let it dry. Heat over a light bulb (or whatever) to make the message reappear!

Culinary Use

  • Lemons have a variety of culinary uses.
  • It is often used in beverages such as lemonade, tea, and lemon water.
  • Lemon juice sprinkled over other fruit or potatoes will prevent them from turning brown after they are cut and peeled.
  • Lemon juice is a traditional flavoring for fish, poultry and is also good in rice dishes. Try this instead of salt.
  • Lemon peels contain pectin, which helps set jams and jellies. They are also frequently added to candies, cookies, cakes, and other sweets.

Sourced from https://witchipedia.com/book-of-shadows/herblore/lemon/

AROMATIC PROFILE
Clean, refreshing, citrus aroma

FEATURES & BENEFITS
Includes the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene
TopicalAromaticDietaryKey Constituents
Add Lemon to skin care products to possibly help reduce the appearance of aging.

Use it to help remove adhesives.
Keep Lemon on hand for its clean, energizing, and invigorating aroma.

Diffuse it to create a more focused environment.

Use its aroma to create an uplifting atmosphere.
Provides an invigorating citrus flavor

Has antioxidant properties

Supports the immune system

Provides circulatory support

Contains cleansing properties
Limonene

Gamma-terpinene

Beta-pinene

Alpha-pinene

Sabinene

Lemon essential oil has a cheerful, sweet aroma that can freshen and fill your home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused.

Most Young Living Lemon essential oil comes from Argentina and South Africa.

Applications

  • Make Lemon a part of your nighttime beauty routine by mixing 1–2 drops with your favorite beauty products. It will reduce the appearance of aging for a youthful complexion.
  • Diffuse Lemon when the atmosphere is melancholy for a boost of cheer.
  • Diffuse it at work or school for a bright aroma that creates a sense of focus and motivation.
  • Boost your daily cleaning regimen by adding a few drops to your floor, window, or surface cleaning solutions.

Lemon Vitality™ essential oil can add a bright and dynamic flavor to many dishes. Its versatility in sweet and savory recipes is what makes this fruit a popular item in kitchens around the world.

Use Lemon Vitality to add flavor to savory foods like fish and chicken or sweet foods like pastries and cakes. Lemon Vitality has a bright taste you’ll want to keep on hand for almost anything you whip up. Instead of zesting or juicing, use Lemon Vitality for a convenient way to add a punch of flavor. Lemon Vitality also has many health benefits when taken internally, including immune support and antioxidant properties.*

Applications

  • Add Lemon Vitality to a tall glass of cold water for a fresh, antioxidant-infused drink to start your day.*
  • Add 1–2 drops to a vegetarian gel capsule and take it daily to support a healthy immune and circulatory system.*
  • Blend a drop in Gary’s True Grit™ Einkorn Pancake and Waffle Mix batter. Top your breakfast with fresh fruit for a healthy breakfast that tastes like lemon-poppy seed cake.
  • Use Lemon Vitality to create custom vinaigrettes or marinades to add a bright taste to salads or grilled meat and vegetables.
  • Add it to tea, baked goods, homemade preserves, and other treats.

FAQ

Q: Is it okay to use lemon essential oil to polish furniture?
A: We do not recommend using this oil as furniture polish as it can erode the furniture finish. We suggest testing how your furniture will react to essential oils in an inconspicuous place before using them over larger areas.
Q: Is lemon essential oil acidic?
A: No, Lemon essential oil is not acidic.
Q: How is lemon essential oil made?A: It is cold pressed from the rinds of lemons. It takes approximately 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo of oil.
Q: How many lemons does it take to make a 15ml bottle?
A: Each lemon differs in the amount of oil that can be extracted, but it usually takes between 50–100 lemons to make one 15-ml bottle of oil.
Q: Does lemon oil oxidize?A: Young Living’s 100-percent pure essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and properties almost indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, away from UV light, and in cool temperatures.

Lemon oil has been widely used in skin care to cleanse skin, reduce wrinkles, and combat acne. Lemon peel was used as an antiseptic, carminative, diuretic, eupeptic, a vascular stimulant and protector, and as a vitaminic (Arias, et al., 2005). It is also used as a flavorant for cleaning, cooking, and treating scurvy and a variety of other ailments.

Medical Properties: Antitumoral, antiseptic, improves microcirculation, immune stimulant (may increase white blood cells), improves memory, relaxation: rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied in over 50 clinical studies for its ability to combat tumor growth

Uses: Circulatory problems, arteriosclerosis, obesity, parasites, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, anxiety, hypertension, digestive problems, acne

Fragrant Influence: It promotes clarity of thought and purpose with a fragrance that is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.

Excerpted from The Essential Oils Desk Reference, 7th Edition, page



Thank you for digging deeper into Lemon with me. I am very passionate about herbs, oils, and the education of their uses.

Please remember that essential oils are very concentrated products and should never be ingested unless specifically labeled for such use.

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Lastly, the obligatory disclaimer.

I am not a doctor. None of the statements included in this post have been approved by the FDA or any other cool acronym known agency. It is Young Living’s official stance that they and these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any specific disease or illness. Young Living Independent Distributor #14632733

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