Lemon Blast Energy Boost: Lemon Essential Oil by Wendy Gist
“The lemon is the most valuable of all fruit for preserving health.”
— Maude Grieve
Aromas have been known for centuries to promote healing. Keep the mind, spirit and body clarified and on the alert with the secret of lemon. It may provide that extra get-up-and-go when feeling a little sluggish in summer’s heat.
Lemon Essential Oil
Need a stimulating energy boost? The scent of lemon may offer a ray of sunshine for the spirit—a crisp scent ready to pick you up.
Lemon essential oil (the botanical name is Citrus limon) is a pale, greenish-yellow color, popularly known for its invigorating and revitalizing capability and potential as an energy booster. The oil is extracted from the rind of the fruit. Constituents of lemon oil are citral and limonene. Different essential oils provide varied benefits, but, in the realm of aromatherapy, lemon is used for refreshment.
The aroma is similar to that of fresh lemon peel. The lovely citrus smell helps one feel energized. According to a 2005 study published in the Journal of University of Occupational and Environmental Health, “Using lemon fragrance in a working environment mitigated exhaustion and maintained vigor.”
Therapeutic Benefit Aromatherapy employs aromatic natural oils extracted from plant parts. Check the labels for 100% pure to be certain they are not merely a perfume or synthetic substance. There are many ways to implement. Here are some popular methods:
A Cooling Summer Bath:
A few high-quality lemon essential oil drops added to bath water may help cleanse the body. Experts recommend diluting into a water-soluble carrier, like bath salts, before swirling into tub water.
Inhale and Elevate the Spirit: Consider applying a few drops to a tissue and waft under nose to lift the spirit and open the mind. Lemon scent is strong. Remember, a little goes a long way!
Safety protocols should be followed by consulting with a professional. Some oils are toxic and harmful. Pregnant women should avoid essential oils.
Pure citrus oils are photosensitive; avoid prolonged sun exposure after using these oils on the skin. Never use undiluted on the skin. Blend with unrefined carrier oils such as coconut, apricot kernel and jojoba oils. It’s not advised to use mineral oils such as baby oil.
Lemon essential oil may cause skin irritation in some individuals.