Limonene’s name is derived from the peel of the lemon and is obtained commercially from citrus fruits through two primary methods: steam distillation or centrifugal separation. Limonene is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. Such fruits are lemons, mandarin oranges and grapefruit. However, it is the predominant fragrance found in oranges. Limonene is also used as a flavouring agent in the manufacturing of food products, beverages, and chewing gum.
As a chemical found in the peels of citrus fruits and in other assorted such plants, Limonene is also used to make medicine and medicinal creams and ointments. It can also be used to prevent and treat cancer, treat bronchitis and assist in weight loss. In the lab, studies have shown that Limonene may block cancer-forming chemicals and kill certain cancer cells.Although, more research is needed to know for certain if this occurs in humans. In everyday household items, Limonene is used as a fragrance enhancer, cleaner (solvent), and as an ingredient in water-free hand sanitizer cleansers.
It is commonplace that Limonene is used as a dietary addition and as a fragrance ingredient for cosmetic beauty products. As the primary aroma of citrus peels, D-limonene is used in food manufacturing and in some medicines, such as a flavouring to mask the unpleasant sour taste of alkaloids, and as a fragrance enhancer in women’s perfumes, men’s aftershave lotions, various bath products, and other personal care products on the market. It also has applications as a botanical insecticide.
As a solvent for cleaning applications, Limonene is used for separating oil from mechanical parts, since it is derived from renewable source such as citrus essential oil, and as a byproduct of orange juice manufacturers. As a fragrant alternative to turpentine, Limonene can also be be as a paint stripper and in solvents for plastic model kit air-plane glues. Other areas where Limonene is used are commercial air fresheners with air propellants, or by stamp collectors to separate the stamp from the envelope paper.
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This weed strain smells a lot like lemon. I’m sure it must be the limonene in it.