Botanical Family: Rutaceae (citrus)
Extraction Method/Origin: Cold pressed from rind (requires 3,000 lemons to produce a kilo of oil)— California, Italy
Chemical Constituents: Monoterpenes (up to 90%): d-limonene (up to 72%), α- & β-pinenes (<30%), α- & γ-terpinenes (7–14%), sabinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, α- & β-phellandrenes; Aldehydes (up to 12%): citral, citronellal, neral, geranial, heptanal, hexanal, nonanal, octanal, undecanal; Alcohols: hexanol, octanol, nonanol, decanol, linalol, αterpineol; Esters (<5%): geranyl acetate, neryl acetate, methyl anthranilate; Sesquiterpenes (<5%): β-bisabolene, β-caryophyllene; Tetraterpenes (<4%): β-carotene, lycopene; Phenols: terpinen-4-ol; Coumarins and Furocoumarins (<3%): umberlliferone, bergaptene, α-bergamotene, limettine, psoralen, bergamottin, bergaptole, citroptene scopoletin.
Properties: Anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, invigorating, refreshing, and tonic.
Common Primary Uses: Air purification, antioxidant, antiviral, anxiety, atherosclerosis, autism, bathroom/kitchen cleaning, brain injury, carpets, colds (common), concentration (poor), constipation, Cushing’s syndrome, depression, dishes (sanitizing), disinfecting, dysentery, fever, furniture polish, gout, grief/sorrow, gum/grease removal, hangover, heartburn, kidney stones, laundry, malaria, mumps, overeating, postpartum depression, relaxing, stress, uplifting, varicose veins, water purification.
Historical Uses: Lemon has been used to fight food poisoning, malaria and typhoid epidemics, and scurvy (in fact, sources say that Christopher Columbus carried lemon seeds to America––probably just the leftovers from the fruit that was eaten during the trip). Lemon has also been used to lower blood pressure and to help with liver problems, arthritis, and muscular aches and pains.
French Medicinal Uses: Air disinfectant, anemia, asthma, cold, fever (reduces), germicide, gout, heartburn, intestinal parasites, red blood cell formation, rheumatism, throat infection, ureter infections, varicose veins, water purification, white blood cell formation.
Other Possible Uses: This oil may be beneficial for anxiety, blood pressure, soothing broken capillaries, dissolving cellulite, improving clarity of thought, debility, digestive problems, energy, gallstones, hair (cleansing), promoting leukocyte formation, liver deficiencies in children, lymphatic system cleansing, memory improvement, nails (strengthening and hardening), nerves, nervous conditions, respiratory problems, cleaning dirty kids’ skin, eliminating sore throats, reducing stress, and promoting a sense of well-being. It works extremely well in removing gum, wood stain, oil, and grease spots. It may also brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing dead skin cells.
Body System(s) Affected: Digestive, Immune, and Respiratory Systems.
Aromatic Influence: It promotes health, healing, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.
Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse.
Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Avoid direct sunlight for 12 hours after use. Can cause extreme skin irritation.
Blend Classification: Modifier and Enhancer
Blends With: Chamomile, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, peppermint, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Odor: Type: Top Note (5–20% of the blend); Scent: Sweet, sharp, clear, citrusy; Intensity: 3.