We often take our sense of smell for granted. Without it, our sense of taste would be severely hampered. Memories are recalled with certain smells: cookies baking in Grandma’s kitchen, a family picnic at the beach, the perfume of a loved one, a high school locker room. We now know that the scents of certain plants translate to measurable physiologic response—hence the use of aromatherapy. (1)
The smell of lemons is fresh and tangy, reminiscent of the lemonade and lemon ice of summer. Fortunately for us in North America, we can get this bright yellow citrus all year from the tropics.
With its high vitamin C content, vitamins A and B complex, minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and powerful antioxidants, we are drawn to lemons for their look, smell, taste, and all the nutrition they provide.
Cutting lemons and leaving them in your room overnight will help alleviate breathing problems (asthma, colds or allergies). The following morning, your throat and air passages will feel clear and healthy.
Lemon Oil Works Even Better!
While putting lemons around your home or even growing your own lemon tree works, the effects can be enhanced by using lemon oil.
The essential oil of lemon has been found to have calming and soothing effects; just one whiff is enough to subdue anxiety, stress, and anger by virtue of the phytochemical limonene. (2)
Other benefits of lemon aromatherapy:
- Reduces nausea and vomiting (3)
- Improves cognitive performance (4)
- Eases and prevents asthma (5)
- Kills bacteria that cause staph, strep, and pneumonia (6)
- Eases bronchitis
- Freshens air without harsh chemicals that can cause respiratory and skin problems and hormone disruption
- Pain relief (7)
- Inhibits liver cancer growth
- Insect repellant
- Brightens and deodorizes laundry