Lemon essential oil is one of my favorite oils to use for many reasons. It has such a fresh, uplifting smell. It is a very common essential oil, therefore it is easy to find. Lemon oil is made from the rind of the lemon and that is why it is also not too expensive. Definitely a must have oil in your kit. Well let’s look at some uses and benefits of this humble oil.
Lemon oil – uses and benefits
It is the anti-bacterial, anti-septic and anti-fungal properties that makes lemon oil a great choice for cleaning. Mix ¼ cup of vinegar, ½ cup of water and about 15 drops of Lemon oil. You will need to mix the essential oils with a dispersant first before adding the vinegar and water. Water and oil do not mix that is why you need the dispersant.
You can diffuse Lemon oil to get rid of unpleasant smells such as cigarette smoke or curries It is the limonene in Lemon oil that gives it that fresh lemony scent.
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Movement of lymphatic system
Lemon oil is good to improve lymphatic movement. We can call it a lymphatic decongestant.
Heartburn, acid reflux
Lemon has the ability to counteract acidity in the body.
The diuretic properties of Lemon makes it a very good oil for weight loss. The d-Limonene is also has the ability to suppress appetite.
Reduce nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
Lemon oil is uplifting and refreshes not only the intellect but the heart and mind as well.
Natural immune support
Lemon oil has the ability to stimulate the white corpuscles that defend the body against infections. I personally do not ingest essential oils and to take lemon internally I would much rather squeeze some lemon in water or put a quarter of a lemon with the skin on in a cup of hot water and drink that like a tea. Using Lemon oil topically, diluted off course and in steam inhalations are both very effective. No need to consume essential oils internally.
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Getting rid of phlegm
One of the best oils to use to decongest. Ancient Chinese medicine refers to lemon oil as cool and dry, therefore it will clear up dampness and phlegm.
Lemon oil also has anti-viral properties which makes it helpful for colds and flu.
The anti-fungal properties are the reason why Lemon oil is a good choice for athlete’s foot.
Tonic effect on the cardiovascular system
Great for varicose veins and chilblains as it has the ability to improve the blood circulation and toning the blood vessels.
Getting rid of warts
Lemon oil contains d-Limonene which is known for its anti-fungal properties.
The astringent properties of Lemon oil makes it a good oil of choice for acne. The antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties also helps to prevent bacteria spreading from one pimple to the rest of your face. You can read more in depth about acne here.
Active components :
- a- Terpineol
- a- Pinene
Method of extraction : Cold Pressed from the rind or peel of Lemon
Color – green-yellow or various degrees of yellow
Fragrance – distinctive fresh lemon smell
Note –Top perfume note
Lemon oil is one of the lightest oils in aromatherapy.
Caution – potential phototoxicity. Lemon can cause skin irritations in sensitive skins. Never use Lemon oil undiluted or neat on the skin
General Safety Information
Always use good quality essential oils, preferably organic. One of my favorite companies where I personally get a lot of my oils from is Plant Therapy.
Do not take essential oils internally or apply essential oils undiluted on the skin.
Dilute according to body mass. For children, you can use a 1 % dilution and for adults 5 %
Pregnant women have to consult with a qualified aromatherapist and or midwife and doctor before using essential oils, especially topically.
If you have liver damage, cancer, suffers from epilepsy or other medical problems and take medicine on a regular basis then you have to use essential oils under the guidance of a trained aromatherapist.
Check whether the essential oil of your choice is safe to use around your pets. Here is a list of essential oils safety for dogs.
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