Botanical name: Citrus limonum

Herb Info / Uses

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Botanical name: Citrus limonum

Extraction method: Steam distillation of fruit rinds is the preferred method because it produces an oil with long indefinite shelf life and superior for use on the skin whereas the cold pressed lemon oil lasts only a 1 or 2 years.

Description: It is believed that the lemon tree originated in Southern China and made its way to Europe via Persia and the Middle east with the returning crusaders in the 12th century. The lemon tree fruits year round and there are 2 forms, a smooth skinned type called Citrus limonum and a rough skinned variety called C.jambhiri.

Actions: Antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge.

Common uses: Lemon oil is known for its beneficial effects on circulation. Lemon oils antimicrobial properties are useful against colds, flu and chest infections. Lemon oil is said to lift the spirits and help with mental fatigue and calming the emotions. It is a very good oil for use on the skin for acne, oily skin, infections and treating warts. It is used topically or by inhalation.

Cautions: Non-toxic, non-irritant. Phototoxic. May be irritating and sensitizing on some people.