The mere hint of lemon odor can be quite invigorating and lemon products have been used for purposes as diverse as teeth whitening, laundry freshening, cellulite treatment and face washing. But what is lemon’s capacity to heal us of common ailments and does it have medical credibility for the claims made for it?
The lemon fruit is native to Asia and may actually be a hybrid of orange and citron rather than a uniquely evolved species. For about a hundred years, lemon has been used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine, which is where the article below from DrEricz.com (full accreditation band link below the article), begins.
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13 Healing Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil – by Dr.Ericz
Ayurvedic food and medicinal preparations use lemon and lemon essential oil heavily, giving us an excellent basis for discovery and use (of Lemon Essential Oil).
Assistant professor of Alva’s Ayurveda Medical College, Dr. J.V. Hebbar, relays the 13 key benefits of lemon and lemon essential oil in the Ayurvedic model: (2)
- Vakrashodhi – Oral health
- Rochana – Digestion.
- Trushna Nivarana – Thirst quencher.
- Shula Nivarana – Remedy for abdominal colic pain.
- Kasa Nivarana – Cough relief.
- Kaphotklesha, Chardi Nivarana – Calms stomach and relieves nausea, excessive salivation and vomiting.
- Amadoshahara – Prevents malabsorption.
- Hrutpeeda – Relieves chest pain due to gastritis.
- Asya vairasya hara – Relieves bad breath
- Vahnimandyahara – Promotes digestion, it is a naturally detoxifying.
- Varnya – Improves complexion and skin tone.
- Pushtiprada – Nourishes the skin.
- Kapha Dosha – Weight loss.
Other notable effects include the regulation of cholesterol deposits in the circulatory system, which can help to reduce risk factors for heart disease!
Hundreds of studies have referred to lemon essential oil, exploring the dozens of traditional uses. Its most prominent component, limonene, is likely the key to its potency, found in many citrus oils but none so strongly as lemon. Its cancer-fighting antioxidant power is impressive, as well. With such a strong foundational composition, it’s not surprising that the science is catching up to 1,000-year-tradition at breakneck speed!
Nausea and Vomiting
An interesting study came out the spring of 2014, highlighting the benefits that lemon essential oil has for pregnant women dealing with nausea and vomiting. This was actually the first study of its kind and they discovered some promising results. Basing their research findings on the personal report 100 women provided to the researchers, they learned that the majority were significantly more satisfied with aromatherapy (i.e. simply smelling lemon essential oil out of the bottle) than with the drugs that they were given or the placebo. (3)
Another component of lemon that researchers have recently validated is geraniol. To evaluate the antioxidant ability to reverse damage from inflammation and oxidative stress, scientists in India gave geraniol to rats with diabetic neuropathy. Over the course of the 8-week study, markers of sciatic nerve damage and mitochondrial enzymes were both restored significantly. As a bonus, they also observed restored dopamine levels, the neurotransmitter that is associated with healthy functions like movement and unhealthy functions like addiction. (4)
Fun & Effective Lemon Essential Oil Uses
We’ve already walked through quite a range of uses for lemon essential oil, so there’s no surprise at the long list of practical applications. These are just a sampling, and some of my favorite ways to use lemon outside of medicinal benefits.
1. Freshen Clothes – We’ve all forgotten to switch laundry to the dryer at least once. Just add a few drops of lemon EO in a rinse to prevent that awful odor.
2. Remove Gum and Sap – Playtime around trees can quickly become a mess. Remove pine gum or tree sap from clothes and carpet with an essential oil application.
3. Wash Greasy Hands – Soap just doesn’t always cut it after doing mechanic work. But with a couple of drops of lemon essential oil added to your soap, the grime should wash right off!
4. Disinfect (Without the Toxins!) – Alcohol and bleach are harsh, especially when little hands and lungs are around. Instead, add 40 drops lemon oil to 8 oz pure distilled water and 8 oz witch hazel or white vinegar to clean the moldy shower and germy countertops.
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