The origin of the Lemon is unknown.  Most experts agree that its origins were from Asia, but whether it was Northern India, Burma, or China is up for debate.  Recent research findings in Korea place the origin of Lemon in Southeast Asia about 4000 BCE.
A genetic study on the lemon  found lemons to be a hybrid between a bitter orange and  a citron.

Lemons entered Europe around 200 CE mainly through southern Italy.  From there knowledge of Lemons spread to places like Egypt, Iraq and Persia.  By the 1500s Lemons were cultivated in large number in Genoa, Italy.  And thanks to Christopher Columbus and the Spanish conquest they were introduced to the Americas.  By the mid1700s, Lemons were part of the diet fed to sailors on long voyages in order to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C.

Lemon trees like warm climates, so, in the US you will find them growing in warm climate states like California, Florida, some parts of Arizona and the Carolinas. 

Did you know that It takes 3000 pounds of lemons to make 1 Kilo of Lemon EO.  That is about a quart.

Lemon essential oil is obtained by cold pressing lemon rinds.  Lemon Essential Oil has a fresh citric fragrance that is clean and tart. That citrusy aroma makes it refreshing and uplifting.

Up to seventy percent of Lemon Essential Oil is composed of a compound called limonene. 

Lemon Essential Oil supports the immune system, digestive system, the urinary system, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, your skin, your brain and emotions.  

You can diffuse it. You can apply it to your skin. in a concentration of 1:1,  one drop lemon essential oil to one drop carrier oil.  
Because the constituents of Lemon Essential Oil absorb sunlight, it is best to avoid applying it to areas of your body that are in constant exposure to the sun.  If you do, you should avoid exposing that area to the sun for at least 24 hours. One easy way of avoiding this is to apply lemon essential oils to the soles of your feet. 

You can also use lemon essential oil in recipes.  Start with 1 or 2 drops in your recipe and then adjust to taste.  You can add Lemon essential oil to your drinking water for a refreshing drink, and even make a cup of hot lemon tea.  The Lemon Essential Oil in Young Living's Vitality line of essential oils is designated for internal use.


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