Its genus includes one hundred and sixty species. Its leaves, with translucent glands, give off a strong scent when crumpled. Its fruits are present on the tree all year round, with peaks in March-April and October-December. Citrus limon is the result of a natural hybrid between the citron (Citrus medica var. vulgaris), the lime (Citrus limetta) and the grapefruit (Citrus paradisii).
Main aromatic molecules: Monoterpenes (limonene), terpene aldehydes (geranial, neral), monoterpenols (linalool).
Productive organs: Zest (fruit pericarp).
Yield: 4kg of essence for 100kg of peel.
Equivalence: 1ml → 31 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia).
Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.