Essential oils are highly complex compounds that can be extracted from the stem, leaves, flowers and bark of certain plants. Each individual plant often yields only a small amount of oil. In "Aromatherapy A-Z," Patricia Davis writes that it can take up to 3,000 lemons to produce one kilogram of lemon essential oil. Essential lemon oil can benefit users physically, mentally and emotionally.
To Clean Cuts and Scrapes
Essential lemon oil has many properties that are useful when treating cuts and scrapes. Cleaning a scrape or cut is one of the first steps taken to treat it. "Aromatherapy A-Z" says essential lemon oil is a powerful antibacterial which is beneficial for preventing infections. Lemon oil works in another way as well. It not only kills bacteria directly, it promotes the body's natural immune defense through increased white blood cell activity. This is also a benefit to anyone who has a cut they want to ensure stays free of infection.
As a Disinfectant
People can benefit from essential lemon oil's antibacterial properties in another way. Marge Clark, author of "Essential Oils and Aromatics," says a great way to keep germs from spreading is including essential lemon oil in a spray, diffuser or other aerosol system that will disperse the lemon oil through the air. As the essential lemon oil spreads through the air it disinfects. Anyone in a house where people are sick and germs are being spread can benefit from spraying lemon oil in the air.
To Help Stop Minor Bleeding
Lemon oil promotes blood clotting. Patricia Davis recommends using essential lemon oil to help stop nose bleeds. To help facilitate clotting, soak a cotton pad in lemon oil and then place it in the nostril. This will help the bleeding stop sooner.
Mental and Emotional Benefits
Essential lemon oil also has mental and emotional benefits. The book "Daily Aromatherapy" by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull highlights the positive benefits in these areas. They write that essential lemon oil can be used to help increase mental clarity, improve focus and also promote objectivity. For these reasons "Essential Oils and Aromatics" says that lemon oil is a great oil to use to stay on task while studying or maintain attention during a long car ride.
- "Aromatherapy A-Z;" Patricia Davis; 2000
- "Essential Oils and Aromatics;" Marge Clark; 2008
- "Daily Aromatherapy;"Joni Keim & Ruah Bull; 2008