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Lemon essential oil has been historically recognized as a cleanser (astringent) and antiseptic, with refreshing and cooling properties. Research has shown Lemon essential oil to enhance the ability to concentrate and improve memory. Other uses for Lemon essential oil include: strengthens nails, removes gum, remove wood stains, oil, and grease. On skin and hair, Lemon is beneficial for its cleansing effect and for treating cuts and boils. Other uses include: anemia, asthma, insomnia, rheumatism, parasites, insect repellent, malaria, warts, herpes, shingles, hair disorders, fights fevers, respiratory infections, mental fatigue, varicose veins, cramps, acidity, upset stomachs, and weight reduction. Lemon essential oil’s benefits include its ability to treat nervous tension, relieve stress, and anxiety and is also helpful in promoting good sleep.
Lemon essential oil contains constituents that affect the immune system. Research done by Jean Valnet, MD showed Lemon can kill bacteria like meningococcal bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in an hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. One drop of Lemon essential oil can kill Diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes. It has also been effective against infectious diseases like typhoid, tuberculosis, and malaria and sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis and gonorrhea.