Lemon essential oil is very versatile. When used in aromatherapy, lemon has a relaxing effect on brain waves, which can promote a positive mood, create an uplifting environment and help improve concentration. Lemon essential oil is also known for its purifying properties, it naturally cleanses the body, aids in digestion, and supports healthy respiratory function.
The primary chemical constituent of lemon essential oil is Limonene (up to 72%) which is what gives the lemon its aroma. Limonene can dissolve oils, which makes lemon essential oil an excellent cleansing agent that also purifies the air and surfaces. A drop of doTERRA Lemon Essential Oil on a paper towel is an easy way to clean shoe scuff marks from the floor. Just a light rub and the mark is gone.
Lemon essential oil comes from the peel and not the interior fruit. The peel is the most nutrient dense portion of the lemon concerning fat-soluble phytonutrients. The oil is obtained by cold-pressing the rind. It requires about 3,000 lemons to produce a kilo (2.2 pounds) of essential oil.
The first substantial cultivation of lemons began in Genoa in the middle of the 15th century. The lemon was introduced to the Americas in 1493 when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to Hispaniola. It was mainly used as an ornamental plant and for medicine.
Lemon has been used to fight food poisoning and scurvy. The French use lemon essential oil as an air disinfectant and germicide.
Lemon Essential Oil Uses
Whether it is being diffused, taken internally, or applied topically, Lemon essential oil offers a variety of benefits. Lemon has distinct cleansing and deodorizing characteristics that make it a popular choice for cleaning surfaces and purifying the air.
In Japan, office and factories diffuse lemon essential oil through the air systems as an effective way of reducing computer errors. Those working in a lemon-scented room made less than half the mistakes of those working in unscented rooms.
Add Lemon oil to your water for a refreshing taste or as an alternative to sodas and sugary drinks.
• Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
• Naturally, cleanses the body and aids in digestion
• Supports healthy respiratory function
• Diffuse to promote a positive mood
• Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort
• Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle filled with water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces
• Lemon oil makes an excellent furniture polish; just mix a few drops of lemon essential of 0live oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes
• Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments
• Lemon oil is a good remedy for removing the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals
• Place a few drops of lemon essential oil on rag to help remove stubborn, sticky residue off surfaces
• Use lemon essential oil to remove grease from your hands after changing the oil or other automotive work.
Pregnancy and Lemon Essential Oil
A 2014 study looked at how lemon essential oil used in how aromatherapy affects pregnant women during bouts of nausea and vomiting. Of the 100 pregnant women participating, the study found statistically significant differences between those using lemon oil aromatherapy and those not using it. Those using aromatherapy reported their nausea symptoms dramatically decreased after just two days compared to the control group. After four days, the essential oil group experienced an average of 33% less nausea and vomiting.
Directions for Use
You can diffuse lemon essential oil, rub it on your skin and take it internally.
• Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
• Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
• Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep lemon essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using lemon oil. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying lemon essential oil topically.