Limonene makes up majority of lemon oil (about 50 to 70 percent). Lemon oil contains organic compounds, such as pinene, terpinene and terpineol, and non-volatile compounds.
Lemons are packed with a potent nutritional profile and are a low-glycemic fruit. The fruit contains citric acid, which is a natural preservative and makes up 8 percent of the lemon.
Lemons are also excellent sources of vitamin C or ascorbic acid, a potent water-soluble antioxidant. In spite of their acidic nature, they have an alkalizing effect when metabolized in your body.
Lemons also have phenomenal antioxidant properties due to unique flavonoid compounds. In a study published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, lemons, as well as other citrus fruits, contain a dominant flavonoid class called flavanones, such as hesperidin and eriocitrin.
These nutrients are found to have anti-inflammatory and free-radical quenching properties. Lemons also contain other antioxidants, such as alpha- and beta-carotenes, beta-cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein.
Because of lemon’s outstanding nutrient profile, it helps treat numerous health conditions. Lemon oil helps:
- Fight respiratory infections like bronchitis, coughs and sore throat. It can also bring relieve to discomfort from colds, fevers, flu and asthma
- Support immune function by stimulating the production of white blood cells
- Inhibit inflammation
- Lower blood pressure and promote healthy blood circulation
- Detoxify your skin and body of toxins
- Control overactive sebaceous glands that contribute to acne and poor hair conditions
- Reduce broken capillaries and varicose veins
- Sanitize wounds, household objects and hospital rooms due to its antibacterial properties