May 1, 2014

Lemon Essential Oil – Your Secret Weapon for Sensuous Health

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Because I believe feeling healthy is quite sexy, I’ve invited Margurite, who’s  as passionate about health and well being as I am. to contribute to my site.  I’ve been using (and absolutely loving!) Young Living Essential Oils for over twenty years. This new series will keep you up-to-date on some of the best essential oils on the planet.  – Amara

Lemon Essential Oil—Your Secret Weapon to Sensuous Health

by Margurite Mullins
Most likely sitting in your kitchen right now are answers to a multitude of health problems ranging from poor memory and immune disorders to fibroids and  tumors.  Some amazing answers come from lemons! You may use them to refresh drinks or add flavor to cooking, but you may not know this common fruit has little-known health properties as well.

Simply adding a few drops of lemon oil to a glass of drinking water
not only tastes great, it can make all the difference to your well being.
And the health benefits increase dramatically when lemons are prepared
as an essential oil.

Lemon (citrus limon)

Technically not an essential oil, lemon oil is expressed or pressed from the rind of the lemon. When the rinds are cold pressed it takes around three thousand lemons to produce one kilo or roughly two pounds of lemon oil.

One drop of lemon essential oil is equal to twenty lemons!

Lemon Essential Oil is an Alkaline Antioxident

Lemon essential oil can be safely ingested and is approved by the FDA to be a food additive. Lemons have a Ph of 9.9 making them an alkaline food that is perfect for balancing an acidic body.

Tufts University in Boston has developed a test to identify the level of antioxidants in foods called an ORAC Value. lemon essential oil has an ORAC value of 660. Although not as high as blueberries, which have a value of 2,400, lemon is ranked higher as an antioxidant than carrots at rated at 210.

But be careful, because pesticide residues can become concentrated within citrus rinds, it’s important to always obtain oils made from organically grown crops.

When ingesting lemon essential oil add a few drops to your drinking water or take in a capsule. When using topically dilute in a 50/50 solution with a carrier oil.

Exciting Research on Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is one of many essential oils that when diffused can eliminate and destroy airborne germs and bacteria effectively. Research conducted by Jean Valnet, M.D., showed that vaporized lemon oil can kill meningococcal bacteria in fifteen minutes, diphtheria in twenty minutes, typhoid in one hour, staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and pneumococcal bacteria in three hours.

According to the Essential Oil Desk Reference lemon essential oil is also rich in a chemical called limonene (d-limonene), which has been shown to combat tumor growth in over fifty studies. Limonene has also been studied in animals to show that it protects against pancreatic, stomach, colon, skin, and liver cancers.

In 1995, Komori et al. conducted a study at Mie University in Japan and found that diffusing citrus oils significantly boosted immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression in hospital patients. Their research also found that when lemon essential oil was diffused during test- taking, university students made fewer errors and improved their test scores by as much as 50%.

Use Lemon Essential Oil for Skincare

Commonly used as an ingredient in skincare cleansers and lighteners. Lemon essential oil can be used to combat acne and lighten pigmentation. To treat both acne breakouts and pigmentation without chemical using additives, mix 4 to 6 drops of coconut oil and 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball. Swipe mixture on the affected area. Use nightly until issue is treated.

PLEASE NOTE: This mixture of oils is best used at night before going to bed. Do not apply this mixture before going in direct sunlight. Lemon, bergamot, angelica, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and other citrus oils can be photosensitive and can cause a rash or brown pigmentation on skin exposed to UV sunlight one to two days after application. Apply the mixture at night and wash it off in the morning.

Even More ways to Use Lemon Oil

Potpourri: Using rice or other grain add a couple drops of lemon essential oil. Stick in a sock drawer or laundry basket to leave your clothes smelling fresh.

Spritz bottle: Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a water bottle and spray the room. Works great in the bathroom as an air freshener.

Add to soap bars: Give your soap an extra kick of disinfectant with a couple drops of lemon essential oil.

Dishwasher and laundry: Can be added in dishwasher or laundry detergent for extra cleaning capabilities.

Paint: Add one drop of lemon essential oil to a gallon of paint to help neutralize the paint smell.

Surface cleaners: Works as a fantastic surface cleaner when added with water, vinegar, or other cleaning products. Great for countertops.

Repels bugs: When diffused or sprinkled on doorways lemon Oil helps deter bugs from entering the home.

To purchase therapeutic grade Lemon essential oil, click the link below.

Essential Oil & Aromatherapy: Lemon Essential Oil: (www.youngliving.org/marsbliss)

Enjoy the fresh and soothing scent of lemon and see the difference it can make in your life.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. I am a spa owner sharing my experience, always use your intuition and do what is best for you.

References:

The Sleep-Enhancing Effect of Valerian Inhalation and Sleep-Shortening Effect of Lemon Inhalation

LIMONENE: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions and Warnings – WebMD]

Essential Oils Desk Reference Convention Edition

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