Essential oil’s suggested uses
When used in an oil burner (a few drops in water), the vapors of lemon essential oil are used for colds, laryngitis, headache, and flu. The scent is helpful for mental hiccups like depression, irritation, stress, lethargy, and fatigue. It lifts the spirits and clears the mind. Adding a few drops to the bath or blending into massage oil, is said to ease digestive problems, lack of energy, tiredness, infections, obesity, rheumatism, depression, and stress. It also helps get rid of hangovers.
The lemon plant is native to India and possibly China. It was brought to Europe by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages. Since the fruit has plenty of vitamins A, B, and C, an ounce a day was given to sailors to prevent scurvy, eye problems, and other vitamin deficiencies. The first real lemon cultivation in Europe began in Genoa in the mid-fifteenth century. It was later introduced to America by Christopher Columbus. Spanish conquests helped spread lemon seeds farther. Lemon was mainly used as an ornament and as medicine. It was only much later that it came into use in cooking.