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What is it?
This clean smelling citrus essential oil is not only good for helping you make decisions and to improve your concentration, but cuts down on acidity in the body - thereby assisting the digestion, as well as with rheumatism, arthritis and gout, while also sorting out cellulite, abscesses, boils, carbuncles and acne.

Skin concerns / Treatments
Oily skin

Cellulite 
Tired unconditioned skin
Acne

Benefits
It cleanses the body. Lemon oil is used for clearing acne, cleaning greasy skin and hair, as well as removing dead skin cells and even cellulite.  The therapeutic properties of lemon oil are anti-anemic, antimicrobial, anti-rheumatic, anti-sclerotic, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge.  Lemon oil can be used in a cream or lotion to clear congested skin. The astringent properties are great for oily skin conditions. The antiseptic effect of lemon oil on the other hand, helps to treat any cuts, boils and minor wounds. The rubefacient action of the oil further helps to sort out cellulite, as well as helping with acne.

Origin of Lemon Oil
A native of India, this evergreen tree grows up to about 6 meters (20 feet) and has dark green serrated oval leaves with pink/white flowers that are highly perfumed. The trees have thorns and fruit that turn from green to yellow on ripening.

The name is derived from the Arabic 'laimun' or the Persian 'limun'. The tree was brought to Europe by the Crusaders in the Middle Ages and the fruit has a good content of vitamins A, B and C - an ounce a day was given to sailors in the Royal Navy to alleviate scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies.

Extraction lime oil
Lemon oil is extracted from the fresh fruit peel by cold expression.

Chemical composition
The main chemical components of lemon oil are a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, transa-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral. 

Precautions
Non-toxic, but can cause skin irritation and sensitizing in some individuals.  Since it is a photo-toxic oil, it should not be used before exposure to the sun. Note- the quantities used in our formulations are limited and whereas the precautions refer to the pure essential oil without dilution we recommend that the products referenced below be used in the evening only.

Lime essential oil blends well with
Although most essential oils blend well with one another, Lime oil blends particularly well with neroli, lavender, clary sage and ylang-ylang.

Zakia's Morocco uses Lime in:

Argan Balancing Facial Oil