With its fresh and bracing scent, lemon, is derived from the Arabic Limun or Limu, which in turn probably comes from the Sanskrit word Nimbuka. Thought to be native to central Asia, especially northern India and Iran, lemon trees were first found in Europe, in Greece and then Italy, in the second century.
Today, lemons are cultivated in many tropic or sub-tropic countries, while in Europe, most lemons stem from Spain or Italy.
Mostly valued for their juice, which contains sugars and fruit acids, mainly citric acid, lemons display a unique, intensive acidity which is at the same time tart and fruity. There is hardly a single cuisine in the world that does not make use of lemon juice.
Lemons are also widely used as an accessory to skincare and have many associated benefits. Containing generous amounts of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, as well as healthy helpings of citric acid and vitamins A and B1, lemons are thought to encourage the exfoliation of dead skin cells, stimulate circulation; balance overactive oil glands soften wrinkles and help brighten the complexion. They are also a good source of bioflavonoid, such as rutin and quercetin, which boost the effects of vitamin C further and are particularly important for the health of blood vessels and help to deter varicose veins, for example. Used in beauty treatments, lemon juice inhibits bacterial growth and is astringent, strengthening and toning.
Lemon oil is obtained from the fresh peel of the lemon, either by steam distillation or pressure and is mostly produced in Europe. It has numerous uses in perfumery, cosmetics, beauty care, pharmacy and the food and soap industries. One of the more versatile essential oils in aromatherapy, lemon is a top note blends well with neroli, clary sage, bergamot, citronella, orang and vioiet. It takes about 675 to 1,400 lemon to produce half a kilo of oil, depending on the time of harvest.
Lemon oil performs many tasks when used in blends, including treating verrcas, insect bites and tension headaches. It has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. Lemon oil also has a cooling, energizing, uplifting and refreshing effect and can produce clarity of thought, especially when a person is hot and bothered.
With antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-viral properties, lemon oil is also useful for skin care in that it can deter acne, brittle nails, boils, chill-blains, corns, oily skin, cold sores and warts. Due to its astringent and tonifying qualities, it’s even believed to help disperse cellutile and keep age spots and wrinkles at bay.
Nature s way
That’s quite a list of claims to make on behalf of a substance which comes from a fruit that is found in every supermarket and every grocer’s s shop. But lemons are cheap because they are relatively easy to cultivate. Their therapeutic qualities have been appreciated and applied for thousands of years.
In addition, there is something psychologically beneficial in using products which are derived purely from nature rather than devised in a laboratory. They have a provenance and integrity that we feel able to trust.
A priceless asset in the kitchen, lemon can be a potent tool in aiding our general health and wellbeing and providing lots of vitamin C.
Beauty Treatments To Try At Home
Lemon is widely available and versatile when it comes to home spa treatment. It has many therapeutic as well as beautifying uses.
Quick and simple lemon juice toner
Dilute some lemon juice in a little water and apply to the face and neck.
Lavender and lemon foot deodorant
Witch hazel 2 tbsp
Lavender oil 5 drops
Lemon oil 5 drops
Blend the witch hazel with the essential oils, pour into an atomizer and spray regularly on to clean feet.
Lemon hair shine/highlighter
Squeeze some lemon juice on to the hair and stay in direct sunlight for some time. You should see instant shine and enhanced blonde highlights.
Lemon sugar body scrub-detoxifying and cleansing
Olive, jojoba, or almond oil 250ml
Lemon oil 10 drops, or lemon ½ , freshly squeezed
Mix the ingredients together. Starting with the feet, and working your way to the shoulders, massage into the skin in circular motion. Leave for 10 minutes then wash it off.
Lemon and glycerin toning treatment-for thread veins
Vegetable glycerin 4 tsp
Juice of 1 lemon
Neroli essential oil 1 drop
Rose essential oil 1 drop
Mix the vegetable glycerin with the lemon juice and add essential oil. Apply twice daily to thread veins.
Caution: Lemon oil should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or UV light within 72 hours. It should be used with caution on sensitive or damaged skin.
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