The Botanical name is Citrus Limonum and it is a small evergreen tree, native to Asia, that delivers yellow, egg shaped fruit. It’s place of origin is unknown, but thought to be around China, Southern India and Northern Burma.
Lemons came to Europe around the 1st century AD, being introduced to Southern Italy, probably on Chinese trading ships. They failed to catch on there but later made better headway in Persia and other Arab countries. The Arabs used it in medicine, in food and as a grand ornamental plant. It was in the Italian city of Genoa that the lemon was first cultivated to any great degree in Europe.
Lemons arrived in the Americas around 1493 courtesy of Christopher Columbus. The courier charges for that must have been humongous, although it is thought he only took the seeds, so perhaps he got away with small packets rate! In the mid 1700s, Scottish naval surgeon, James Lind, studied the effects of citrus fruits on the disease, scurvy. This very nasty complaint, had been responsible for the deaths of more British sailors than the combined arms of Spain and France. Eventually all Royal Navy warships carried citrus juice in their stores.
Some Japanese banks still use lemon oil in diffusers to reduce worker errors … maybe Whitehall offices should do the same.
A lemon halved can be used by those who count large numbers of bills as it makes a good finger moistener. However, this might lead to charges of having “sticky fingers”, boom, boom.
Lemon oil is extracted by cold pressing. The yellow zest is squeezed to release the fragrant oil and about 1500 lemons are needed to make one pound of oil. The colour is pale yellow and the consistency is thin while having a top note. It’s aroma is strong, sharp and fresh. Lemon oil blends well with Bergamot, Lime, Mandarin and Orange. No surprises there … keeping it in the family.
Historically, this oil has been recognised as a cleanser, as well as having antiseptic properties. The cleansing applies to personal products and everyday household cleaners. However, a word of warning as Lemon oil is non- toxic but it is photo-toxic therefore don’t use if going out in direct sunlight. Lemon oil has the capacity to help with concentration and is believed to be able to raise the spirits, reduce stress and help get a good nights sleep. It also soothes headaches and is reputed to help with arthritis. Also, it is a natural deodoriser so will be found in a host of household cleaners. Lemon oil is not the most expensive of oils, but the all round good it does makes it a Gigantic bargain.
You will find lemon in many of our cleaning products including our 100% Natural Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner - in both the DIDGERIDOO-IT and REACH FOR THE STARS products.
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