Lemon: aromatherapy and medicinal use

Lemon and aromatherapy

  • Lemon essential oil is recommended for oily skin and pimples, inhaled or massaged.
  • Rub it directly on the affected area in case of bites.
  • Also to treat acne, oily skin, herpes vesicles, pimples, warts and varicose veins.
  • As a massage oil it can help in cases of rheumatism, arthritis and poor circulation.
  • Diluted in a base oil and applied to the chest, or inhaled, it can improve colds, throat infections, asthma and bronchitis.
  • In case of a cold or flu, rub a little lemon oil on the throat and chest to decongest the area.
  • A few drops of the oil added to bath water reduce mental fatigue and stimulate concentration.

Medicinal use of lemon

  • Lemon has many uses (culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic) and is sometimes considered a panacea.
  • It is rich in vitamin C.
  • The leaves and fruit of the lemon tree are used.
  • For the liver, it is advisable to take a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice in the morning.
  • Also with hot water, it decreases stomach acidity, if it is taken before sleeping, it can avoid annoying cramps.
  • Lemon protects blood capillaries and strengthens cell membranes.
  • When lemon juice is taken together with foods high in iron or iron supplements, the absorption of this mineral is increased.
  • Lemon strengthens the immune system and helps relieve cold and flu symptoms. It is also beneficial in the treatment of other infections.
  • To relieve the pain of wasp stings, apply pure lemon juice.
  • Also improves mouth ulcers.
  • Lemons may be helpful in treating hemorrhoids, kidney stones, and varicose veins.
  • The juice, mixed with olive oil and taken internally, helps dissolve gall stones.
  • To cure herpes vesicles, drop a few drops of pure lemon juice on them several times a day.
  • Some people are sensitive to it, so it’s best to test beforehand.

Other uses of lemon

The lemon is probably the most versatile fruit we have. Its dried skin can be used to flavor cakes or as an ingredient in pot pourri.

Fresh lemon juice is known as “poor man’s wine” because it can be used instead of wine in the preparation of sauces and marinades.

It is also used as a stain remover, metal, silver and marble polish and to remove rust.

It can also be used as a cosmetic; a rinse with lemon juice will give highlights to blonde hair; pure lemon juice reduces nicotine stains on teeth and nails and conceals freckles.

Rubbing your hands with half a lemon neutralizes the smell of garlic and onion.

The Lemon Plant

The lemon tree is an evergreen tree with oval and serrated leaves and sharp thorns. It reaches 6 m in height and grows in southern Europe, eastern Asia and the southern United States. Its flowers are very aromatic. Lemon oil is extracted by cold pressing the fresh skin of the lemon.

Did you know?

lemons are rich in vitamin C (500 my per 100 q of lemon juice) and potassium, and contain good amounts of calcium and group E vitamins. They are low in sugar and sodium. Lemon is cleansing, refreshing, antiseptic, astringent, and antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory properties and improves peripheral circulation.

Lemon properties

  • Antiseptic.
  • Astringent.
  • Diuretic.
  • Insecticide.

Lemon contraindications

Lemon essential oil can irritate the skin of sensitive individuals if exposed to sunlight. Lemon juice can cause canker sores in sensitive people.

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