What aroma is good for boosting mood and may also help with studying? Lemon (Citrus limonum) has shown in studies to reduce anxiety and depression. It may also be a useful tool for studying. In a 2008 study, key constituents (taken internally) that reduced both physical and psychological stress included limonene and citral .
For internal use, enjoy the whole lemon, and squeeze its juice into water or tea.
For aromatic pleasure, try a few drops of the essential oil in a cool mist diffuser. Lemon is a very light top note, and its fresh citrus aroma blends well with other scents that help hold the aroma longer. These can include petitgrain, lavender, chamomile, juniper, and patchouli.
Lemon essential oil can also be diluted into a carrier oil for an uplifting aromatic massage, but stay out of the sun. Note: The topical use of lemon on the skin is not advisable in combination with sun exposure related to possible phototoxicity. When applying diluted essential oils, it is good to skin patch test a small area before applying all over the body, especially with sensitive skin.
Instructions: Blend these ingredients together. Then, rub on the body. Avoid sun exposure with the topical use of lemon essential oil. Discontinue use with any irritation.
Instructions: Drop the essential oils into a 5 ounce water diffuser. Then, breathe in the aroma to help relax! Click here to learn more about the safe use of essential oil diffusers: Do Essential Oil Diffusers Really Work?
Instructions: Fill a tall glass with sparkling mineral water. Then, juice half a lemon and mince about ten peppermint leaves. Next, add the lemon and mint to the glass and stir with a spoon. Finally, drink and enjoy!
Instructions: Drop three drops of each essential oil into a 5 ounce diffuser filled with water to help with studying.
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Click here to read all about lemon: Lemon Monograph.
Blog By: Kathy Sadowski, MS in Aromatherapy, RA (ARC), NAHA and AIA Professional Member, LMT