LEMON Citrus limon
Precautions: Avoid with sun exposure for at least 12 hour after topical application. Avoid with severe low-blood pressure or with epidural because of potential hypotensive effect.
Uses: Lemon essential oil has many profound benefits for maternity and in infant care. It is best known for its benefits of easing morning sickness and boosting immunity. Lemon can also be used to enhance the skin, circulation, digestion, detoxification pathways, and immunity. Epidermal and circulatory indications include issues such as sores around the mouth, insect bites, cellulite, weight, fluid retention, varicose abnormalities, lymphatic stagnation, and management of blood. Lemon is mildly bleaching and can help to fade coloring associated with the mask of pregnancy. For the digestive and immune systems, lemon is pH balancing and cleansing, and may be supportive against yeasty conditions and infant yellowing of the skin. Lemon has been shown to support the regeneration of white blood cells and stimulate the production of red blood cells. It is high in monoterpenes and can be diffused or sprayed to cleanse the air of airborne pathogens. It can also be used to help defend against airborne microbes. It also promotes phase two liver detoxification. Emotional and mental indications include: irritability, stress, brain fog, low spirits, mental fatigue, anxiousness, baby blues, and over-concern for cleanliness.
- Mask of pregnancy
- Digestive support
- Morning sickness (diffuse or rub into abdomen, see precautions)
- Immune support
- Non-toxic cleaning
- Infant care- immunity, digestion, calming (diffuse or apply topically diluted to one drop per tablespoon of massage oil (see precautions)