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Last Updated on November 10, 2020 by Lynn
As I’ve mentioned in several posts, essential oils can be categorized in several ‘families’. Let’s continue to talk about the Citrus family. In this post I want to bring to you information about lemon essential oil. You may ask “what about lemon essential oil?”. There are so many things to tell you about this fantastic oil.
Everyone likes homemade lemonade, right? It’s made from the juice of the lemon, mixed with some water and a little sweetener (OK, maybe in some cases a lot of sweetener!), but inside the peel of that lemon is oil, an amazing oil! We’ll be talking about that in this post.
The scientific name for lemon is Citrus limon with a less common name of cedro oil. It is part of the Rutaceae family. Lemons are an acidic fruit that grow on small, flowering, evergreen trees. They have a high amount of citric acid and are high in vitamins A, B, and C. This fruit is native to Asia and India, but grows wild in Portugal and Spain. They are planted and grown in countries such as the United States (mostly in California and Florida), Italy and Israel, to name a few. They are used a lot in the food and beverage industry and in personal products, such as soaps and detergents.
Some Tidbits Of Lemon Essential Oil
Like the grapefruit, lemon oil is extracted using the cold-press method. The oil in the lemon is in the outer part of the peel, unlike the grapefruit. This makes it easier to extract. That being the case, it takes approximately 1000 lemons for 1 pound of essential oil. It takes anywhere from 45 to 75 lemons to produce a 15 ml bottle of lemon essential oil.
The main chemical component of lemon essential oil is Limonene, which makes up around 70% of the oil. Other important components in lemon oil that gives it its power are, terpinene, pinenes, sabinene, myrcene, citral, linalool, geraniol, and octanol and others. Again, all these components put together gives the lemon oil its own unique beneficial quality.
Lemon essential oil has a refreshing, energizing, and light scent. The oil consistency is thin with a light green to light yellow color. This oil is in the top note classification and as such makes up about 20% of the oil blend. Most, if not all, of the Citrus family have a top note classification and blend well with other members of its family.
Lemon oil blends well with these oils:
- Woody family: sandalwood, frankincense, and juniper.
- Floral family: lavender, geranium, rose, vanilla, and ylang ylang.
- Camphoraceous family: eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint.
- Earthy family: Vetiver.
Lemon also blends well with Roman & German Chamomile. Remember, when blending add middle and base note oils to get the best results.
The therapeutic properties the chemical components in lemon essential oil create when they all work together are powerfully beneficial. Here are some beneficial properties created by the components of lemon essential oil: anti-viral, expectorant, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, diuretic, insecticide, anti-septic, cleanser, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant anti-parasitic, cicatrizant, diaphoretic, cleanser, and anti-pyretic. These are just some of the many properties that lemon essential oil possesses.
Health Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil
The benefits of lemon essential oil are numerous. I will just touch on a few of them. To begin with, lemon essential oil gives a good emotional boost. It’s a very calming oil; uplifting and refreshing. It helps with anxiety, depression, mental fatigue and stress. In addition, lemon oil can help improve concentration and alertness.
Lemon essential oil is great for acne. lt can kill the bacteria, known as propionibacterium acnes, which causes acne. Because the oil is anti-bacterial and anti-septic, it makes a good treatment for acne. Acne is caused by oil glands on the skin becoming clogged and forming pimples and spots. The lemon oil cleans out all the pores. It makes a good astringent. Believe it or not, this oil is recommended for oily skin, as it balances the oil created from the glands. Here is a study to show how essential oils (lemon included) can help with various skin conditions.
Have you ever suffered from respiratory conditions, like coughs, bronchitis, or allergies? Lemon essential oil might be worth trying to help relieve those conditions. It has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which helps boost the immune system.
In working with the lymphatic system, lemon oil stimulates lymphatic drainage to help reduce a build up of fluids that causes coughing. Lemon oil has been known to relieve the symptoms of asthma. It is important, though, when dealing with serious health issues to consult a physician before trying alternatives. What works for one person might not work for another. Everyone’s body is different and may not react the same as someone else’s. Always use caution. It’s just like synthetic drugs. Not all people use the same drugs for the same condition.
Lemon essential oil is a great remedy for nausea and other digestive problems. It is a carminative and helps to balance the pH level in the stomach, thus reducing stomach acid and heartburn. The property in lemon essential oil called limonene is a natural agent that helps in the elimination of toxins from the body. It helps the liver and kidney expel the many toxins and to maintain a healthy digestive tract. This study shows how it helps with constipation.
These are just a few of the many benefits of lemon essential oil. There is one more benefit I’d like to mention, though. Lemon essential oil is an antimicrobial agent that can be used in cleaning the home. The compounds, limonene and pinene (the two major components) are agents that give this oil its cleaning power. There are harmful pathogens lingering in every home. Lemon oil can be used to cleanse your home from these nasty pathogens, without the use of dangerous chemical products.
Uses of Lemon Oil
Let’s talk about how to use this oil. There are always three ways to use an essential oil.
Here are some ways you can use lemon essential oil topically:
For helping with symptoms of arthritis or poor circulation, make a 50:50 blend of lemon oil and your favorite carrier oil and massage the area.
To help ease nausea, add 2-3 drops lemon oil with 1/2 teaspoon carrier oil and apply to the temples, chest and back of neck. You can also use that combination to rub into your neck to relieve coughing and to boost the immune system.
For acne or other skin conditions, apply undiluted to a small area. Always make sure you are not sensitive to the oil. If so, dilute it so it is not so strong.
To use lemon oil aromatically:
To help overcome anxiety and depression, diffuse 20 drops of lemon essential oil in your favorite diffuser. Diffusing this amount will also disinfect the air after sickness, help to overcome insomnia (also add 6 drops on a cotton ball and put inside your pillow case), prevent colds, flu, and infections, help nausea, and also high blood pressure. So you can see, with just one use of lemon essential oil in the diffuser, you can help with several conditions at once.
And for internal use:
Make a capsule with a 50:50 blend of lemon oil and carrier oil and take twice daily with food to help detoxify the liver. You can also use it to help with respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchitis and excess mucus by taking it three times a day with food.
There is also one more use that needs to be mentioned. That is household use:
Lemon essential oil is a natural disinfectant. Add about 4 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 16 oz. spray bottle filled with water. You can also add some white vinegar to this for more cleaning power. Use this to kill bacteria and toxins in your kitchen and bathroom. Use a few drops of lemon oil to some white vinegar for a window cleaner. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the dishwasher for spot free dishes.
For My Final Thoughts
One last thing I need to mention and give caution about is when using lemon essential oil topically it can cause photosensitivity. This means after using it on the skin, avoid being in the sun for up to 12 hours, to avoid sunburn or heat rashes. Those with sensitive skin should use caution when using this oil. It is generally a non-toxic oil.
With all this being said, I’ve brought some answers to the question “what about lemon essential oil?” As you have read, it has many benefits and uses, some of which have not even been mentioned in this post. Go ahead and try it out, even if just to clean your windows or to help you sleep at night. Here’s where you can get it. If you have used or will be using, leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
As always, thanks for reading!