Citrus - Lemons & Limes

From the book "Kitchen Cosmetics"

+ Lemon Hand Cream Recipe!

The Writings of Jeanne Rose


    The Home of the Lemon was southeastern Asia before it migrated throughout the world, being brought to the Mediterranean about 1000 A.D. by the Arabs.  The Arabs loved the Lemon and used it then and now in many of their national dishes.  It was an indispensable item in their cuisine.  Originally the Lemon was a medicine rather than a food.  It's peel and juice are cooling and are mentioned by Pliny the Elder (the great Roman naturalist) as being used by pregnant women "to stay the flux and the vomit."  To those who are inclined to morning sickness, suck on a Lemon before  getting out of bed or drink Lemon juice and water.  Lemon juice and water is used by fasters and dieters.  The Lemon has been used in many types of intestinal  disorders, to stop bleeding from wounds and as a source of Vitamin C.  The pectin in Lemon is an important ingredient in jellies.

     Lemon is a natural bleach.  If you make a thick decoction of Lemon, Camomile and Marigold and apply it to your hair as a pack and sit in the sun for a few hours you can bring golden highlights to dark hair and turn mousey brown hair a golden blond.  The Lemon acts as a bleach and the Camomile and Marigold give color.

     Lemon is also a natural for the arms and hands.  Mixed with oil and used regularly it will protect detergent or roughened hands and the Lemon skins rubbed on elbows will bleach them slightly.

     Lemon rind oil, natural and synthetic, is used in perfumery to scent products that range from perfumes to toilet bowls.  Lemon blossom oils, as far as I can determine, are rarely if ever used in perfumery.


 Lemon Hand Cream


Almond Oil


Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)

Lemon oil

To Make:

     Squeeze a Lemon and strain through cheesecloth.  Pour the juice into a measuring cup and add an equal amount of Almond oil.  In a small butter melting pot put a thin piece of beeswax.  I use approximately 1 teaspoon beeswax for every 3 oz. of cream, this amounts to a thin sheet about an inch square.  Add to the pot a bit of the Almond oil that has collected above the Lemon juice in the measuring cup.  Heat over a medium fire, gently shaking the pot, about 30 seconds or more.  Take the pot on and off the fire so that the wax melts but does not burn.  Add the rest of the contents of the measuring cup.  Heat, shake, and stir with a wooden spoon until the wax has completely melted.  Remove from the fire.  Stir until cool with the wooden spoon.  Add one drop of Lemon oil for every oz. of cream.  Give it another stir and transfer to a cream jar or bottle.  Cap it.  Now shake it every few minutes until the cream is completely cold.

To use:

Rub a little bit on hands or body whenever necessary.


This cream is excellent to soften and smooth rough hands.  The oil is an emollient, the Lemon is a protectant and texturizer.


Lemon Hand Cream is so easy to make (and so lengthy to describe) but takes less than 5 minutes, so only make one Lemon's worth at a time.  Your measurements then will probably be 1 1/2 oz. Lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz. Almond oil, 1 tsp. beeswax, and 3 drops Lemon oil.

- From "Kitchen Cosmetics" by Jeanne Rose -


     We'd like to  thank Jeanne Rose, herbalist/aromatherapist extraordinaire, for generously allowing us to use writings from her many fine books.  Her wisdom is truly a gift to all of us.

     We highly recommend all of the books and classes that she offers.  You can see her teaching schedule, and all other information at her informative site

Address:  Institute Aromatic Studies - 219 Carl Street - San Francisco, CA 94117 / Tel: (415) 564-6785  FAX: (415) 564-6799 /

      Ms. Rose is personally available for both individual and business consultations on many subjects pertaining to Herbs and Aromatherapy.  For more information, please visit the Aromatherapy and Herbal  Consultation and Formulation page at the Jeanne Rose web site. 



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