You know what they say: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. In this case, take out the lemon essential oil!
Lemon is one of the most popular essential oils, loved for its many uses for the skin, body and spirit. Due to its yellow color, refreshing scent, purifying properties and multitude of other benefits, Lemon oil has earned the nickname “Liquid Sunshine,” which explains what it’s such a happy oil with valuable therapeutic benefits.
Fun Fact About Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon Essential Oil is made through the cold expression of fresh lemon peels, which contain volatile oil glands. This method produces the potent, beneficial oil essence that we use for aromatherapy. To takes up to 1,000 lemons to produce one pound of lemon oil - that's a lot of lemonade!
History of Lemon Essential Oil
Native to Asia, the lemon tree was originally grown for decorative purposes but now both the fruit and the essential oil have become a go-to for it’s versatility in holistic practices.
Historically, ancient Indians, Egyptians and Romans used lemons to treat infectious diseases, and English sailors relied on it to protect them against vitamin deficiencies while out to sea.
These days, with the emergence of natural alternatives to chemical-heavy, mass produced products, essential oils like lemon have become a popular choice for DIYers. Budding aromatherapists are drawn to Lemon for its versatility and easy blend with many other beloved essential oils like lavender oil, rose oil and tea tree oil, among others.
Lemons have a lot going for them, that’s for sure. Here’s some of our favorite ways to use lemon essential oil in your daily life.
Uses and Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil
The uses for Lemon Essential Oil are plentiful, ranging from medicinal and odorous to cosmetic. The cleansing, detoxifying and energizing properties of Lemon make it one of the most versatile oils.
1. Skin Care
When diluted and used topically in cosmetic products, Lemon essential oil promotes a vibrant and healthy complexion. It can be added to massage blends or diluted in relaxing baths to moisturize dry skin, boost energy and generally improve the appearance of skin tone. In creams or lotions, it works to reduce the appearance of cellulite, and in face washes, it acts as a tightening and toning astringent.
Lemon oil is a good remedy for restoring the glow to dull skin. Its revitalizing properties work to revive the look of tired-looking skin. Its cleansing properties help to improve the appearance of pimples and a variety of other skin disorders. It can be used to reduce the feeling of excessive oil on the skin, promoting harmony for oily and combination skin types . Adding a few drops to an unscented skin care product can improve the overall appearance of acne, oily and congested skin.
On the other hand, dry weather conditions can wreak havoc on the skin. Lemon oil is rich in vitamin C, a necessary component to healthy skin care and wellness. Using daily can improve the overall appearance and feel of the skin. Mix a few drops of Source Vital Apothecary's Lemon Essential Oil with your body lotion to smooth dry and patchy skin.
Further, lemon essential oil can be used as a face wash to boost your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple. Deeply nourish your skin by adding a few drops to your daily facial cleanser and reveal smooth, clear skin.
2. Sharpen Mental Focus
If you’ve ever deeply inhaled the scent of lemon oil, you’ve probably noticed the stimulating, yet calming influence in the mind. Emotionally and spiritually, lemon essential oil promotes focus and clarity.
Lemon essential oil is calming in nature and helps to fight mental fatigue, and the feeling of stress. It has the ability to refresh the mind by creating a positive mindset and eliminates negative emotions. Its uplifting effects awaken the senses, clear the mind of distractions and help a person tune in. Inhaling lemon essential oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness. Therefore, it can be used in offices to increase the efficiency of employees.
One of the great paradoxes of lemon oil is its ability to invigorate and relax. In addition to its mood -boosting qualities, lemon oil has been shown to calm the nerves and relieve the feelings of stress.
3. Boost Immune System
Lemon oil has a high vitamin C content, which makes it a wonderful boost for the body’s immune system. It increases your ability to fight off diseases, stimulating white blood cells and improving blood circulation throughout the body.
4. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep: the most coveted of conditions, though often the most avoided and most difficult to achieve. Sleep is essential to your health, yet we don’t often make getting a good night’s sleep enough of a priority. Lemon essential oil can help to calm a racing mind and get you ready to shut off the mental chatter.
Stop those restless thoughts that keep you awake at night and place a few drops directly on your pillow or diffuse to ensure a restful nights sleep.
5. Cold, Flu & Allergies
In aromatherapy, lemon essential oil can be used to relieve symptoms associated with cold and flu among other ailments. Diffusing lemon oil can clear clogged nasal passages and lungs as well as boost energy levels.
Lemon oil is also useful for those dealing with respiratory issues. Inhaling the aroma of lemons promotes good air flow and steady breathing, providing the feeling of relief from symptoms of asthma, headaches, fever and the common cold.
6. Comfort the Stomach
Essential oils can be used therapeutically to soothe a large number of digestive complaints. It can help to calm the feeling of flatulence or bloat that can come from over indulging in food and drink. Try diffusing lemon essential oil after a big meal to settle a grumpy tummy.
Lemon essential oil is also great for our moms-to-be. It can help to calm vomiting and nausea associated with morning sickness. Inhaling lemon oil as soon as feelings of nausea are present can drastically reduce queasiness.
7. Hair Care
Used in hair products, lemon essential oil works as a tonic that helps achieve strong and healthy-looking hair. It is ideal for an oily scalp. If you have dandruff or scalp acne, lemon oil can help. Its antiseptic and antimicrobial properties help resolve secondary infections that often complicate acne and dandruff as well.
Lemon oil leaves hair shiny without looking or feeling greasy. Mix five to six drops with apple cider vinegar and rub into the scalp. Wash with a mild herbal shampoo after letting it sit for an hour or two to reveal healthier, non-greasy hair.
Apart from the health benefits, lemon essential oil has many other advantages. Lemon oil is known for its distinctly refreshing aroma which makes it a good ingredient for perfumes, candles and soaps, as well as many other personal and skin care cosmetics.
You can eliminate bad odors and instantly refresh your indoor spaces with a little lemon oil. Try adding a few drops of Source Vital Apothecary's Lemon Essential Oil to your air conditioner filter for a clean, fresh scent in your home or diffuse to the smell of cigarette smoke. Lemon essential oil is a great addition to homemade soaps and sprays for its clean, refreshing scent.
9. Household Cleansing
As a household cleaner, lemon essential oil acts as a natural disinfectant. It can be used in a variety of ways around the home.
Steer clear from harsh alcohol and bleach-based household cleansers that leave that sour, pungent smell. Lemon oil’s powerful purification qualities make it a viable green cleaning contender, giving your home that unmistakably clean scent. Use lemon oil on kitchen and bathroom surfaces, and to clean moldy.
Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops tea tree oil to a 16-oz spray bottle filled with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar) for a traditional cleaning favorite.
Lemon juice and lemon essential oil are commonly used in hand soaps. Rid your hands of grease and grime by adding a couple drops of lemon oil to your soap.
Wood & Silver Polish:
Use lemon oil as a key ingredient for all-natural homemade furniture polish to bring back the luster and shine of wood and silver products. It also helps protect against future scratches and stains. A lemon oil-soaked cloth will also help revive tarnished silver and jewelry.
10. Natural Preservative
Keep your produce fresh and flavorful with lemon juice and lemon oil. It prevents fresh fruits and vegetables from discoloring due to oxidation and prevents the growth of bacteria. Use lemon oil diluted with water to keep sliced apples or avocados from turning brown to preserve your produce.
In the world of aromatherapy there are few oils as versatile as lemon. Did we miss anything? Comment below!
DISCLAIMER:All of our essential oils are 100% natural and free of any chemicals, pesticides and synthetic perfumes. These products are NOT intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. This information is NOT a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Prior to using essential oils, Source Vitál Apothecary always recommends consulting your medical professional if you are pregnant, epileptic, have cancer, have liver issues, or any other serious illness Do NOT ingest essential oils internally or apply undiluted oils onto the skin without consultation from an experienced and trained aromatherapist or aromatherapy practitioner. Always consult an aromatherapist before using essential oils for babies and children. Keep all oils tightly closed and cool. Always keep out of reach of children. The information provided on this web site is compiled from common knowledge and is intended for your general knowledge only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fran Higgins is Source Vitál's in-house esthetician, massage therapist and aromatherapist. For more than two decades, Fran has been helping and educating customers with their holistic health needs. She brings a wide array of topics ranging from at home skin care tips, DIY aromatherapy formulas, step-by-step product protocols and much more.