Lemon Essential Oil
This essential oil is expressed from the peel of ripe Sicilian lemons. Sweet and well-tolerated, lemon essential oil is one of the essential oils to have when starting aromatherapy. It smells fresh with light, clean top notes, and sweet, citrusy undertones. It has many applications based on its various therapeutic properties.
Lemon essential oil mimics vitamin P and decreases the permeability of blood capillaries while increasing their resistance. It thus prevents accidents of hypertensive and diabetic origin and promotes blood fluidity. It creates an “appetite suppressant” effect on our brain. Then, it has stomachic characteristics that promote digestion and detox. In addition, the lemon essential oil is valued against nausea or motion sickness thanks to limonene which acts on gastric motility.
Lemon calms the nervous system and psychologically, clears the mind, and opens the heart. It can prevent emotional outbursts and improve decision-making.
It helps to stop bleeding and kills bacteria thanks to its content of β-pinene, and limonene. Thus, the lemon essential oil is an excellent addition to first aid wash to treat cuts and scratches. Its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties together with the refreshing scent make it a perfect room deodorant or air freshener. Then, you can add a few drops to your cleaning products to improve their efficiency and give them a nice citrus smell.
When used in massage, it cleanses the blood and lymphatic system and relieves rheumatic conditions, gout, and arthritis. Then, the limonenes it contains promote lipolysis, the degradation of lipids. It is therefore ideal for slimming massages or dislodging cellulite. In facial skincare, lemon brightens the complexion and improves the prone to acne, and oily skin.
Be careful not to expose yourself to the sun after applying this essential oil. Like many citrus fruits, it contains furocoumarins responsible for the photosensitization of the skin.
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