Lemon

Lemon (Citrus limon) native to Asia it is known in the culinary world for its juices, pulp and zest. It has a sour and acidic taste as it contain 5-6% citric acid. It is used for many things including baking cooking and cleaning.  Lemon has a chemical compound called limonene which is responsible for its beautiful refreshing citrus scent.

Lemon Oil
Also known as Citrus Limon is extracted from lemon peels and good for cleansing. Some people use it as a teeth whitener by combining it with baking soda. It is great for cleaning greasy sweaty hands. Its citric content makes it work as a natural disinfectant and in skincare the oil can help improve complexion and deeply nourish skin. A study shows that lemon oil contains antifungal properties and can be used to treat some skin infections such as candidiasis. The tests carried out showed that its antifungal potential was related to the high content of monoterpenoids.

Health Benefits
Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, B-complex vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fibre. Its citrus scent is mood uplifting and calming and in aromatherapy it can aid relaxation by easing mental fatigue, exhaustion and nervousness. It is also believed that inhaling lemon oil increases concentration and alertness.  Lemon oil is carminative, it is used in the treatment of various stomach problems, including indigestion, acidity, upset stomach, and cramps. There are claims it can promote weight loss.

Skin Benefits
Lemon’s skin brightening properties is due to its being rich in vitamin C and citric acid. It can help lighten elbows and knees and can brighten skin over time. Lemon face washes can help relieve acne, clear up oily skin. It is packed with vitamin C a great antioxidant against skin damaging free radicals. Lemon can help strengthen nails and fade discolouration, lighten dark and age spots. Lemon properties help detoxify and rejuvenate the skin. The oil softens skin and hairs making it a good pre shaving application to reduce razor irritation. It can reduce dandruff and give hair a healthy appearance.

It is worth noting that as a citrus fruit it can make your skin sensitive to UV rays so wait a bit before going out into direct sunlight uncovered and use SPF.