Essential Oil of the Day: Lemon
A favorite addition to many foods and drinks, this sour little fruit found its way into our lives in the mid-1700s. British sailors discovered they could prevent scurvy by having their crew consume lemons. James Lind with the Royal Navy was the pioneer of this research. He gave his sailors enough citrus to have two per day, they primarily added it to water as a juice. We now know it is the high vitamin-C content in lemons that helps keep scurvy away. Lemons have since become a household staple and are used in a wide range of culinary dishes, as well as by alternative and mainstream medical practitioners.
Traditional Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
- Teeth Whitener
- Immune Support
- Morning sickness
Lemon Essential Oil
Citrus Limonum is steam distilled from the peels of the lemon. It is a popular component in many beauty-care products, insect repellents, and household cleaners in addition to the above uses. Citrus oils, such as lemon, are also commonly used as a mood-booster to help aid in stress relief and depression. You’ll often find lemon added to essential oil blends popular in the winter.
A recent study from the International Journal of Food Microbiology shows lemon may be the most potent anti-microbial essential oil available. This property, in addition to its lovely fragrance, makes lemon oil a favorite additive in homemade cleaning products.
Other household uses for lemon oil include:
- “goo-gone” (lemon oil is excellent to assist in removing stuck-on labels!)
- Laundry (a drop or two in a load to help refresh stinky clothes)
- Butcher-block & wood cutting board cleansers
- Fighting mold
TriLight Health and Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is the first ingredient in Lympha Rub. Our customers love Lympha Rub for infections including tonsillitis, strep throat, mumps, sinus infection, earache, sore muscles and much more. Check out more about Lympha Rub in our January “item of the month” blog post.
Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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