There’s nothing more comforting than an old standby — like those jeans that always seems to make you look thinner, or that pasta dish that always gets rave reviews. One of my favorite old standbys is Lemon oil. I turn to it for all kinds of things!
What can Lemon oil help with?
This essential oil is very versatile — providing relief for everything from insomnia, to tummy troubles, to problems concentrating, to circulation issues, and more. In fact, Lemon has been used to battle both physical and emotional ailments ever since the 12th century!
Let’s start with the physical relief it can provide…
Thanks to its natural antibacterial properties, Lemon oil can help you win the fight over acne and insect bites. And speaking of your skin, it will also combat all of that sebum that makes your face look like an oil slick.
Because it’s a natural antiviral, Lemon oil can even give you relief from a cold or the flu. Plus, its antimicrobial properties can give your allergy symptoms a 1-2 punch. Or, you can use it to purify the air around you so that you don’t get sick in the first place! Lemon oil has become a popular disinfectant in hospitals for several reasons — it’s a powerful antiseptic that refreshes stale air and smells great.
And, because it has tonification properties, massaging diluted Lemon oil into your skin can help minimize cellulite and eliminate varicose veins, broken capillaries, hemorrhoids and nosebleeds. There’s even proof that Lemon oil can help generate new white blood cells. And, if you massage it diluted onto your abdomen, it can relieve those digestive issues that are causing you so much discomfort.
But it’s just as powerful for your peace of mind…
Lemon oil’s bright, tangy, citrusy scent is an instant mood-booster. Whether you suffer from depression, can’t calm down after a stressful day at the office, or simply need something that can help you focus better on important tasks, Lemon oil is up to the job! Even just a quick sniff will help recharge your brain. (Don’t take my word for it, though — scientific studies have shown that Lemon oil activates the hippocampus, the part of your brain that regulates both your memory and your emotions.)
Lemon’s clean, uplifting scent is a popular choice in terminal wards and in facilities that treat depressed and fearful patients. And, when combined with soothing lavender or chamomile, it can create an environment that’s perfect for winning the battle over insomnia.
How can you incorporate it into your aromatherapy regimen?
Any way you want!
You can use Lemon oil in your aromatherapy burner — giving you an easy, sweet-smelling way to purify an entire room. Or, you can blend it with a carrier oil to create a luxurious massage oil. Even just squeezing a few drops onto a tissue and taking a couple of deep breaths will make a big difference in your day!
Just be careful — Lemon essential oil is phototoxic, so do not apply on your skin before sun exposure.
No matter how you want to use it, Aromandina has all of the Lemon oil goodies you need!
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