The properties of Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is an oillet obtained by maceration of lemon peels in a vegetable oil. Thanks to its toning action on the circulatory system, it stimulates lymphatic and venous circulation, strengthens blood vessels and thins the blood. For this reason it can be a valid aid against cellulite blemishes, if massaged on the legs.

Lemon oil is also an excellent anti-dark circles, an effective massage oil against disorders due to poor circulation. For this reason it also acts on bags under the eyes and on swellings of the legs and ankles.

Of the color of the sun and with the scent of the Mediterranean fruit par excellence, lemon oleolite is a natural remedy, effective for strengthening the nails, to treat the imperfections of the eye contour and an excellent anti-cellulite

Lemon oil is an oil obtained from the maceration of lemon peels, in a vegetable oil. Fragrant and intense yellow color is a natural remedy, effective to strengthen the nails, treat the annoying imperfections of the eye contour, such as bags and dark circles; and fight cellulite.

The technique of maceration in oil, used to prepare oleolites, is very ancient and before the invention of the still, by the Arabs (in the eleventh century the Arab philosopher and scientist, Avicenna, obtained essential oil with the method of steam distillation) was the only way to extract plant essences, without the use of distillation. The Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans, in fact to fix the aromas of the plants, used fatty substances to obtain their scent and preserve their properties, putting to macerate the aromatic part of the plant (flowers, leaves, bark, roots and seeds) in waxes, fats of animal origin or oil. This allowed the passage of the essential oil to the fatty substance, which acquired in this way the scent and virtues of that essence,

In the same way the peels of this citrus (very rich in lemon essential oil) put to macerate in jojoba oil, if the use is specific for the face, or sweet almond oil, if its use is for the body, release to these vegetable lipids the essential oil, and with it all its properties.

How to prepare lemon oleolite

To make a lemon oil you need the peel of three large lemons deprived of the inner white part; and then put to dry for a few days, to avoid the formation of mold at the time of maceration.

Once dried, the peels are placed in a glass jar and covered with a vegetable oil in the measure of 1 part of zest and 2 of oil. The choice of oil will depend on the use you want to make of lemon oleolite. We recommend jojoba oil for the face, because it is extremely moisturizing and not very greasy or wheat germ oil because it is very rich in vitamin E, which has an antioxidant action for the skin and allows a better preservation of the oleolite; while for the body almond oil is ideal, as it is odorless and easily absorbed.

Then put the jar in a cool, dark place for a month, taking care every day to mix the mixture, always to avoid the formation of mold.

After this period, we move on to the filtering of the oleolite: with the help of a colander, the skins are eliminated and only the lemon oil is kept which, now, will be fragrant as it is saturated with aroma contained in the skins, and rich in its countless properties.

Properties and benefits of lemon oleolite

The properties of lemon oil are those of lemon essential oil but with a less aggressive action for the skin. Although lemon essential oil is non-toxic, it can irritate the skin or give sensitization reactions in particular predisposed subjects, because it is a pure and concentrated preparation. Instead the oleolite being a maceration has a much more delicate action and therefore less aggressive for the skin. We remind you that it is still photosensitizing, and like lemon essential oil, it should not be used on the skin, if it is subsequently exposed directly to the sun or tanning lamps. Here are some suggestions for its use, taking into account its therapeutic virtues.

Thanks to its toning action on the circulatory system: it stimulates lymphatic and venous circulation, strengthens blood vessels and thins the blood. For this reason it can be a valid aid against cellulite blemishes, if massaged on the legs; and an excellent anti-dark circles, a disorder that depends on the malfunction of the microcirculation, if applied in the eye contour, making sure that it does not enter inside (remember how much it burns, by chance squeeze a lemon and a few drops splash in the eyes!). It is also an effective massage oil against disorders due to poor circulation such as heavy legs, edema, varicose veins capillary chilblains and water retention problems. For this reason it also acts on bags under the eyes (which are caused by stagnation of liquids) and on swellings of the legs and ankles.

Lemon oil also promotes the formation of new cells of the epidermis, fights cellular aging processes, while promoting healing. For this reason it is indicated for skin that has sun spots or old age, wrinkles and stretch marks and for these properties it is also an excellent strengthener for weak or thin nails. On wet skin and combined with fine salt, it is ideal for making a regenerating scrub for the skin of the body.

Description of the plant

Small evergreen tree that reaches a maximum of 4-5 meters in height. It has oval, glossy leaves, with a serrated margin and small white flowers very fragrant. The fruit is oval, yellow and contains numerous cloves rich in juice. Plant of oriental origins, it is very common in the countries of the Mediterranean basin, where it is widely cultivated


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