Tips for using lemon essential oil in herbal medicine and aromatherapy

Lemon essential oil can brighten dull skin and hair. It also helps balance the skin's ph. Lemon essential oil is cooling, astringent, and considered a nerve tonic. Lemon essential oil can help neuralgia due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Always dilute lemon essential oil with a good carrier oil before applying to the skin or scalp.

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Lemon essential oil stimulates the appetite and immune system.

Lemon essential oil stimulates the appetite, helps improve immunity, and relieves nausea. It is used in massage to aid circulation. It is a good choice when treating colds, sore throats, cold sores, and skin blemishes. It has a mild sedative action that can help reduce fevers and ease indigestion. Lemon essential oil which is very cooling, can also lower the body’s temperature.

Lemon essential oil comes from the peel of the fruit.

Lemon essential oil is produced from the rind of the fruit. Extracting the oil from the lemon peel is costly and time consuming. The peels of about 1,500 lemons are required to produce one pound of lemon oil. Lemon essential oil is used in aromatherapy and as an herbal treatment for various complaints and conditions.

Lemon essential oil has been used for over a thousand years.

Lemon essential oil’s reputation as a natural cosmetic goes back for thousands of years. The oil is native to Asia and was brought to the Mediterranean by the Arabs around 1000 A.D. When diluted, lemon essential oil has a wonderful toning effect on the skin. It is used in natural deodorants in many cultures. Lemon essential oil is also used in natural cleansers.

Lemon essential oil helps sunburn and scalp conditions like dandruff.

Lemon essential oil helps remove dead skin cells and cleanse the pores. It is used as a rinse to lighten both hair and skin. It is used in toothpaste, lotions, moisturizers, and household products. Lemon essential oil may be added to a warm bath to help sooth sun burned skin. It is also useful in the treatment of oily skin, dandruff, and scalp conditions. Be sure to dilute before use.

Lemon essential oil is uplifting, diuretic, and refreshing.

Lemon essential oil has an uplifting scent that is bright and sharp. It is diuretic and refreshing. When used in aromatherapy, lemon essential oil increases mental concentration, aids memory, relieves fear, and lowers blood pressure. It is good for treating varicose veins and stimulating the production of white and red blood cells. Lemon essential oil helps anemic conditions and helps prevent food poisoning from meat and fish. It is also known to neutralize unpleasant odors.

Lemon essential oil is useful in herbal medicine.

Lemon essential oil stimulates the kidneys and liver. It helps relieve constipation and may be used to treat obesity and cellulite. Lemon essential oil balances most acidic conditions. It helps ulcers, gout, and arthritis. It is also a good insect repellant.

Lemon essential oil can help stop nosebleed.

Just inhale the aroma for a few seconds and blood flow should stop.

Lemon essential oil can be used to remove corns and warts.

Not only does it help remove corns and warts, lemon essential oil also softens scar tissue and toughens the fingernails. Lemon is used in many beauty products for its scent and healing properties.

Women benefit from lemon essential oil.

Lemon essential oil also helps relieve PMS and other female complaints like hot flashes when used in aromatherapy. Lemon is cooling and refreshing.

Lemon juice is better for internal use.

Lemon juice is used to brighten the skin and for many of the same purposes as lemon essential oil. When taking lemon internally, always choose fresh lemons over essential oil.

* Lemon essential oil will irritate the skin if not properly diluted. Avoid direct sunlight after applications of lemon essential oil to skin or scalp. Keep all essential oils away from the eyes. Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil (such as almond oil) and test on small area of skin before use. When using in bath, remember a few drops of essential oil go a long way. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.

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