Lemon (Citrus limonum)
The lemon is a small evergreen tree that grows up to six metres tall. It produces oval leaves, fragrant flowers and a yellow fruit that is too well known to require description. A native to Asia, lemon (Citrus limonum) is now widely cultivated throughout the world. The oil, which has a top keynote, is extracted from the fruit’s rind by cold expression. It is pale greeny yellow in colour and has a very uplifting and refreshing scent. Containing vitamins A, B and C, it is one of the most vitamin-rich essential oils.
Anti-anaemic, anti-microbial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, hypotensive, rubefacient, stimulant – hepatic, stimulant of leukocytes, tonic.
Main therapeutic uses
Acne, anaemia, arthritis, boils, brittle nails, cellulite, chilblains, colds, corns, cuts, debility, fl u, greasy skin conditions, herpes, high blood pressure, infections, mouth ulcers, nosebleeds, poor circulation, rheumatism, varicose veins, warts.
Lemon has long been used as a remedy for fevers and infectious diseases, particularly the common cold. It is also said to strengthen the immune system, and stimulate kidney and liver function.