Lemon oil essential oil - Citrus limonum - South Africa
The lemon tree is native to India but was imported to Europe by Crusaders in the Middle Ages. Because of its high content of vitamins A, B and C lemon juice was given to the sailors of the Royal Navy to prevent scurvy.
Today lemon is one of the most popular fruits in the world. It is widely used for culinary, cosmetic, cleaning and aromatherapy purposes.
Lemon oil is extracted through the cold pressing of its peel, and it takes about 3000 lemons to produce just one kilogram of oil.
Lemon essential oil has many benefits. It is very popular in skin care. Seeing as it is detoxifying and antiseptic in nature, it rejuvenates tired, sagging skin and helps in the treatment of pimples and oily skin.
Because of its calming effect, lemon oil provides effective relief for stress and anxiety, fighting mental exhaustion, nervousness and fatigue.
Having a high vitamin content, lemon essential oil is also an effective immune booster, stimulating the production of white blood cells which in turn helps the body fight off diseases.
This essential oil also has many cosmetic and hygienic uses. It is widely used as an ingredient in perfumes because of its distinct, uplifting smell. It is also used in cleaning products, not only because of its pleasant, clean smell but also because of its disinfectant properties.