LEMON OIL Aromatherapy Essential “Oil of the Month”
Learn about Lemon Oil Constituents and Benefits
Lemon Oil has a clean, clarifying citrus scent with its ability to bring a SUNSHINE GLOW!
Botanical Name: Citrus Limonum
Another citrus grown in Australia is the Lemon tree producing approximately 31 000 ton of Lemons each year, with Lemon Oil being a by-product derived from the peel/rind by cold press. The Lemon is believed to have originated in the East Himalayan region of India.
Constituents of Lemon Oil: *d-Limonene, b-Pinene, y-Terpinene, *Citral, Mycene, a-Pinene.
*Allergens Natural components of Essential Oils.
Lemon Oil contains a great amount of d-limonene that has the ability to calm nerves and anxiety with its stimulating and uplifting effect. It can be antiseptic and support the immune system and promote weight loss. Because of its fresh appeal it is a top oil for deodorising with an anti-bacterial outcome.
D-limonene is a solvent and can reduce the presents of bacteria and free-radicals in the house hold and on the skin making a great addition to cleaners and cleansers. It can be used to decrease inflammation on the skin and muscles.
B-pinene working with Limonene contributes to aiding with inflammation and can be known to work as an anti-viral. B-pinene can improve focus, alertness, memory retention and energy. It can also ease congestion and constriction to the lungs and bronchial areas assisting with air flow for asthma, colds and flu.
Y-terpinene has strong antioxidant activity but it only makes up for about 8 – 10% of the Lemon Oil content.
Although Citral being less apparent in Lemon Oil compared to Lemongrass or Lemon Myrtle it is responsible for the stimulating aroma of the Lemon. Geranial and Neral together becomes Citral.
BEES: “Citral is a component of the Nasanov pheromone produced by worker bees to help foragers find their way back to the hive. Citral on its own attracts foraging honey bees and can be used by beekeepers to bring them to a particular location” Brian Clegg – Chemistryworld.
Citral and Limonene are both allergens or skin irritants so dilution and skin patch test is recommended. SKIN PATCH TESTING – RAINBOW SKYS NATURALLY
Cold pressed Lemon Essential Oil is phototoxic (meaning that it will react to ultraviolet light) so a 2% dilution is maximum for topical use. (% will vary for different Essential Oils) Skin treated with a higher dilution of Lemon Essential Oil should not be exposed to UV light for 12 – 18 hours. Steam distilled Lemon Essential Oil is not phototoxic for the different method of extraction.
Lemon Oil is a Top Note oil for a Sunshine Glow!
Kid Safe: Yes