Lemon Essential Oil - What’s The Deal?

Lemon Essential Oil - What’s The Deal?

October 04, 2017

The most widely recognized and used citrus fruit in the world,Citrus limon, or Lemon as you might know it, is not only tart and makes for a deliciously refreshing beverage, it’s got some incredible characteristics that we can’t wait to share with you!

First off, and quite mysteriously, the origins of the Lemon are completely unknown [1]. Fascinating isn’t it?! Though Lemons are believed to have originated from Northern India or China, the true origin may, in fact, be that it was a hybrid plant of the Sour Orange and Citron [1]. With Citron being the closest fruit in appearance to Lemon, it’s likely that the cross-pollination happened thousands of years ago [1].

Upon its arrival to Europe in the early 100’s AD, the Lemon was not actually very widely appreciated. It was not cultivated as a legitimate part of agricultural growth until around the 10th Century [1], where it was first introduced into literature that focused on its ornamental quality in Islamic gardens. Throughout the 10th Century, and centuries following, the distribution of the Lemon throughout the Arabic Peninsula and the Mediterranean regions exploded before finally making its way back into Europe [1]. At that time, and with newfound value, the Lemon was implemented into farming and agriculture for its value as an ornamental plant, as well as its medicinal qualities [1]. Over the last several hundred years, uses for Lemon have become abundant, and with the evolution of many sciences, it’s legitimacy as a healing/wellness agent has become further solidified.

Lemon essential oil has been long-known for its bright, sharp, and crisp scent - all qualities that increase its effectiveness in clearing the mind and elevating mood! [2] Part of what makes Lemon such a wonderful essential oil is its ability to blend well with other essential oils. For example, a simple mixture of Lavender oil and Lemon oil can be very powerful in uplifting mood while calming the mind. [2] Because of its relationship to other, more intense smelling, essential oils like Tea Tree oil, Lemon oil can be a great substitute for anyone with a particularly sensitive palate. The citrus presence in Lemon oil can be a wonderful agent for clearing the sinuses and air pathways, which makes it an effective option for people with a sensitivity to peppermint and eucalyptus oils. Also, interesting side note, due to limonene found in Lemon oil (the chemical that gives it the “lemony” smell) the automatic triggered response from the nervous system is to increase alertness, which is what makes it such an effective mood booster! [3]

So, on top of being a wonderful addition to household cleaning products and the primary ingredient in everyone’s favorite summer beverage, you can see what makes Lemon oil so special! Its unknown origin and humble beginning teach us that wellness can be sought through a vast variety of means, and can even come from places you’d never imagined! Lemon oil rules!

Julia F. Morton (1987). "Lemon in Fruits of Warm Climates". Purdue University. pp. 160–168.Floracopeia.

“Lemon Essential Oil.” Lemon Essential Oil, Floracopedia, 2017, www.floracopeia.com/Essential-Oils/essential-oils-sub/organic-lemon-oil.html.

Robbins, Wendy. “Lemon Essential Oil Profile, Benefits and Uses | AromaWeb.” Profile, Benefits and Uses | AromaWeb, AromaWeb, 2017, www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/lemon-oil.asp.

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