Sunday, 25 July 2010

HEALTH & BEAUTY BENEFITS OF LEMON

Lemon is one of the most popular citrus fruits in the world and although most people know how good it is in cooking not so many know just how fantastic it is for health and beauty. The essential oil is pressed from the outer rind of the lemon and can take as many as 3,000 lemons to make a kilo of this pale green/yellow oil with the unmistakeable aroma of fresh lemons.

Lemon is antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-fungal.


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Citrus Limonium


Health Benefits :
Stress : Lemon Oil helps to relieve mental fatigue, exhaustion, anxiety, nervous tension and headaches and also helps to remove negative thoughts. Inhaling lemon can create a positive frame of mind and uplift the spirit and increase concentration and alertness. A great way of using lemon for all of these is in a shower gel, room freshener or diffuser or massage oil.
Insomnia : Lemon oil is often combined with other oils to ensure a good nights sleep and help people suffering from insomnia.
Tiredness : Although lemon oil is used to help insomnia it can also be used to relieve tiredness. The oil is very refreshing and stimulating so is often added to shower gel. It helps to improve circulation.
Digestive Problems : Lemon stimulates the flow of saliva and gastic juices and elimates the gases formed in the digestive tract. It really helps to relieve problems like heartburn, constipation, dyspepsia and sickness.
Obesity : Drinking warm water with lemon and honey added is excellant for anyone wishing to diet.
Throat Problems : Using lemon in a gargle helps to relieve sore throats. Drinking lemon water helps with catarrh.
Oral Problems : Due to its high Vitamin C content lemon does help to strengthen gums and teeth and helps to prevent inflammation of the gums and other gum and teeth disorders.
Respiratory : Very good at helping all respiratory problems including asthma, bronchitis, sore throats and sinus.
Immune System : Lemon is very good for treating colds, flu, fever and contageous infections. 
Other : Lemon oil and lemon juice is often used in treating rheumatism, high blood pressure and even burns. Also it is ideal for helping to prevent diabetes.

Beauty Benefits :
Skin : Lemon is an astringent and detoxifyer and is regarded as a youth restorer helping to keep your skin looking young and fresh. Its antiseptic properties makes it ideal for treating pimples, acne and other skin problems. Although it is very good in treating dry skin it is also just as good for oily skin as it helps to balance the sebum. Also good for cellulite, corns and warts. It helps to clean out toxins in your body which leaves your skin looking healthy as well as tightening blood vessels. Lemon oil is a fantastic essential oil to add to face cleansers and moisturisers.
Hair : Often found in shampoos and conditioners because of the fresh, antiseptic properties Lemon has and it is very good for strengthening hair and nails.
Foot Care : Due to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties Lemon is ideal for feet. Adding Lemon Oil to warm water and soaking your feet helps relieve sore, aching feet.

Household Uses :
As most people know lemon is used in all types of household cleaners. As well as being good at cleaning all work surfaces, sinks, toilets, floors etc. it is ideal for cleaning fridges, freezers and dishwashers leaving everywhere clean and fresh. It is perfect for these jobs because it is antiseptic and antibacterial and leaves surfaces smelling wonderfully fresh. Adding lemon oil and tea tree oil to bicarbonate of soda makes a very cheap effective cleaning product.
Lemon oil blends very well with other oils including, lavender, chamomile, tea tree, sandalwood, geranium, ylang ylang, lime, neroli, citronella etc.
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