Botanical: Citrus limon
Family: Rutaceae (citrus/rue)
Lemon trees are native to northern India, and these tender evergreens are also cultivated in rich soil in the full sun of other tropical regions of the world, reaching twenty feet in height. The name, Lemon, is derived from the Arabic, limun or limu, which, in turn, comes from the Sanskrit, nimbuka, a term that covers several types of citrus. The trees reached Europe by way of Persia or Media, and were first grown in Greece and then Italy in the second century. From there, it is said that the Crusaders introduced Lemons throughout the continent during the Middle Ages.
One of the first medicinal uses for the Lemon was recorded by the British Royal Navy. Scottish naval surgeon, James Lind, noticed that a “substance” in citrus fruits (ascorbic acid) prevented scurvy, as well as other vitamin deficiencies, because of the fruit's high content of vitamins A, B and C.
Lemon is a popular ingredient in perfumery and a flavoring agent for candies, baked goods, drinks and preserves. Lemon rind is a vital component in many medicinal and therapeutic treatments, and the essential Oil of Lemon is extracted from the ripened peel, which is green in color until it matures and turns yellow.
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Common Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed/Expressed
Color: Pale greenish-yellow
Aromatic Description: Aroma is similar to fresh lemon rinds, except sharper and more concentrated.
Constituents: Limonene, Citral, Geranial, Citronellyl acetate, a-Pinene, Camphene, b-Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Nerol, Neral
Therapeutic properties: Anti-anemic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge
Contraindications: Lemon Peel Oil may cause contact dermatitis, and it is also phototoxic. Parts of the body touched by the oil may show severe reactions after exposure to the sun; therefore, it should not be used if the area of application will be exposed to sunlight for twenty-four hours.