Essential Oil of Lemon
Family - Rutacaea - rue family
Origin - Asia. The lemon tree is cultivated in so many places today, such as all around the Mediterranian and the USA as well, mostly Florida and California in the US.
Description - Trees that grow up to about 17 feet high, unless you have a dwarf tree like we did when we lived in Florida. Then, they're only about 5-7 feet high, depending on their age. The tree blossoms year round in the hotter climates and needs full sun. It also produces fruit more than once a year. The branches have thorns which we didn't realize till we had our tree, very similar to a rose bush and the thorns are very sharp. It's a beautiful tree, with white blossoms and dark green leaves.
The oil is cold-pressed from the peel of the lemon fruit. There have also been lemon oils, that are steam-distilled, but the smell is not half as nice and if you can find a reputable seller, the cold-pressed is the way to go.
This oil is antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, antiseptic and a disinfectant. It removes the grease from dishes and pots and pans just by putting a few drops in your soapy water. Grease just dissolves and your kitchen smells great. We've been using it for years. Another thing we use lemon oil for and this is going to sound strange and I'm not a Dr., so take this as you may, is whenever we have a cold - complete with a cold sore, we take a cotton swab and gently swab the sore with lemon oil, undiluted. A day or two of that and not only does it not hurt, which is great, but the sore is always gone. Lemon oil is something that we "always" have in the house and buy in bulk.
acid neutralizing (it's been used for heartburn, with success)
stimulates the bodys immune system
air freshener (though the lemon scented air fresheners you find in the store, are in general, synthetic, which is a shame, as this is not an expensive oil)
good in sports massage oils
great for shiny hair, add some to your final rinse, a couple drops will do it,
or - add some to your conditioner, but try to get an unscented conditioner.
dishes - add right to the dishwater
also, people do use lemon oil in cooking, for desserts; especially cakes, ice creams, cookies and of course, lemonaide.
mn - 2007