A 6 metre (20 feet) high, evergreen tree, with thorns, and dark green serrated oval leaves with pink/white highly perfumed flowers. The fruit mature from green to yellow on ripening. The name is derived from the Arabic 'laimun' or the Persian 'limun'. It has been suggested, that there was a combination of the Indian Lime and possibly the Pummelo. During the Crusaders in the Middle Ages, early cultivation began in the area of Genoa, in northern Italy, then progressing southward to Naples and Sicily.
Arab traders took lemons to Spain, which then went on to migrate to the New World from explorations of Columbus in the 15th century. Nowadays, cold expressed to create a fresh, crisp, sharp lemon scent, highly reminiscent of a juicy mouthwatering Lemon. Lemon oil blends well with almost everything!
The lemon tree is easily recognised with its bright yellow fruit and glossy leaves. The oil is produced from cold pressing of the rind of the fruit, depending on the maturity of the fruit the oil produced will vary from green to yellow. Quality Lemon oil should smell like freshly scraped lemon peel, sharp and green - not like a lolly. * Lemon C/P essential oil contains naturally occurring bergaptens or furo/furano-coumarins, which are known to cause skin phototoxicity. This means that skin can discolour when exposed to direct sunlight, and in some cases cause burning. *
Lemon oil is high in Vitamins A, B and C, and contains antioxidant, cleansing and purifying properties. Beneficial for skin care, like acne, balancing oily, greasy skin and hair, cold sores, mouth ulcers, warts, tinea, even easing insect bites, and the possible relief of minor wounds (cuts, scratches, abrasions). The refreshing and cleansing citrus essential oil helps to soothe and relieves headaches and migraines, also creates focus and concentration, as well as easing nervous tension, stress and mild anxiety. It is helpful for rheumatism, arthritis and gout. It boosts the immune system, improves the functions of the digestive system, and it is helpful with constipation, dyspepsia and cellulite. It is said, that Lemon oil can be very beneficial to the circulatory system and aids with blood flow, reducing blood pressure and helping with nosebleeds. It can help bring down fever, helps relieve throat infections, relief from the symptoms of bronchial coughs, asthma, cold and flu.
* * * Organically grown, recognised and approved ACO (Australian Certified Organic). This product is ACO certified. * * *
Safety Precautions : Flammable. Phototoxic - Application to skin may increase sensitivity to sunlight. Adult use only.
Blends well with : Basil, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper, Labdanum, Lavandin, Lavender, Neroli, Olibanum, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Ylang Ylang and other Citrus oils.
FACT : It has a long history from European countries, with Spain in particular, for being known as a "cure-all", esepecially during times of infectious diseases. Fever, malaria, typhoid, even scurvy on English ships at sea. The Romans, it was said,to have used Lemon rind to ward off insects, as well as freshen the clothes.