Physical benefits of lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil is readily available for people all over the world. Lemon oil aids digestion and helps with nausea and occasional motion or morning sickness. A hot cup of water with a few drops of lemon essential oil and local honey supports a healthy immune system during the cold and flu seasons.
Lemon essential oil supports healthy detoxification from several different approaches. Lemon oil naturally alkalizes water or tea, and thus helps the body return to an ideal ph. Toxins are stored in fat cells; lemon oil reduces fat levels in obesity while protecting the digestive tract as the body releases the toxins. Many chemicals in the environment are considered neurotoxins. Studies show lemon oil protects against neurodegeneration.
Plastics in the environment, such as Bisphenol A (BPA), clog estrogen receptor sites and wreak havoc on the endocrine system. Lemon oil has an affinity for cleansing these receptor sites to support healthy estrogen levels in both men and women, as well as in children. Cycling women respond best to supporting healthy estrogen levels with lemon oil during the first half of their menstrual cycle when estrogen is most active.
Always remember, applying lemon essential oil to the skin will increase sensitivity to the sun where applied.*
Emotional benefits of lemon essential oil
Looking for sunshine in a bottle? Then look no further. Lemon essential oil uplifts the spirit; and studies have shown it reduces both physical and emotional stress. Lemon’s fresh scent helps cleanse negative emotions that dampen the mood. Try diffusing lemon, and emotionally uplift the entire home or office. Use lemon oil to help focus on finding the brighter side of difficult situations.
*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.
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Lemon essential oil research articles:
A study suggests that ingesting lemon essential oil alleviates both physical and psychological stress
Fukumoto, Syuichi, Aya Morishita, Kohe Furutachi, Takehiko Terashima, Tsutomu Nakayama, and Hidehiko Yokogoshi. “Effect of Flavour Components in Lemon Essential Oil on Physical or Psychological Stress.” Stress and Health. October 25, 2007. Accessed September 11, 2016. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/smi.1158/abstract.
A study demonstrates that smelling lemon essential oil can be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
Yavari Kia P, Safajou F, Shahnazi M, Nazemiyeh H. The effect of lemon inhalation aromatherapy on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014 Mar;16(3):e14360. doi: 10.5812/ircmj.14360. Epub 2014 Mar 5. PubMed PMID: 24829772; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4005434.
A study shows a minor constituent of lemon essential oil (β-myrcene) prevents ulcers and increases gastric mucosa
Bonamin F, Moraes TM, Dos Santos RC, Kushima H, Faria FM, Silva MA, Junior IV, Nogueira L, Bauab TM, Souza Brito AR, da Rocha LR, Hiruma-Lima CA. The effect of a minor constituent of essential oil from Citrus aurantium: the role of β-myrcene in preventing peptic ulcer disease. Chem Biol Interact. 2014 Apr 5;212:11-9. doi: 10.1016/j.cbi.2014.01.009. Epub 2014 Jan 27. PubMed PMID: 24480520.
D-limonene study finds that lemon oil reduces high blood sugar and high-fat levels associated with obesity
Jing L, Zhang Y, Fan S, Gu M, Guan Y, Lu X, Huang C, Zhou Z. Preventive and ameliorating effects of citrus D-limonene on dyslipidemia and hyperglycemia in mice with high-fat diet-induced obesity. Eur J Pharmacol. 2013 Sep 5;715(1-3):46-55. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2013.06.022. Epub 2013 Jul 6. PubMed PMID: 23838456.
A research study using lemon essential oil showed strong ability to improve memory impaired by scopolamine and dementia
Zhou, Wenjun, Syuich Fukumoto, and Hidehiko Yokogoshi. “Nutritional Neuroscience.” Components of Lemon Essential Oil Attenuate Dementia Induced by Scopolamine: : Vol 12, No 2. July 19, 2013. Accessed September 11, 2016. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/citedby/10.1179/147683009X388832?scroll=top.
A study demonstrates the effectiveness of lemon essential oil in the management and prevention of oxidative stress-induced neurodegeneration
Oboh G, Olasehinde TA, Ademosun AO. Essential oil from lemon peels inhibit key enzymes linked to neurodegenerative conditions and pro-oxidant induced lipid peroxidation. J Oleo Sci. 2014;63(4):373-81. Epub 2014 Mar 5. PubMed PMID: 24599102.