Lemon Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Did you know it requires about 3,000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)? Or that lemon has been used throughout history to protect against immune threats? The aroma of the oil is (care to take a wager?) citrusy, sharp, and slightly sweet - kinda like a lemon. (Surprise!)
Lemon oil works primarily with the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems, promoting healthy function in the body. Aromatically, it's invigorating in a wake-you-up sorta way. It's also one of the most popular essential oils and has about a gazillion uses.
- Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
- Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
Emotionally and spiritually, lemon essential oil promotes focus and clarity. Its uplifting effects awaken the senses, clear the mind of distractions, and help a person tune in to the task at hand. It helps a person to overcome confusion or doubt, fatigue, overwhelm, and lack of enthusiasm, as well as helps to clear self-doubt, limiting beliefs, stagnant energy, and rigidness in the mind, heart, or body. It's great for bad moods, "blah" moods, or lethargy.
Lemon essential oil blends well with Eucalyptus, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Peppermint, Sandalwood, and Ylang Ylang. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Frankincense, Wild Orange, Lime, or Peppermint essential oils.
How to Use Lemon Essential Oil
Traditionally, lemon essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Lemon Essential Oil
Avoid contact with direct sunlight for 12+ hours after use. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
- Diffuse or take internally with Peppermint and Lavender to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
- Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive 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 great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
- Diffuse several drops as desired, or massage over the heart center daily to increase connection.
- For Feelings of isolation, massage 1 drop over the heart center of diffuse several drops during times of emotional stress.
Inspiration for Using Lemon Essential Oil
Simple Wood Polish: In large glass spray bottle, mix; 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar, 30-40 drops Lemon essential oil.
Strawberry Lemon Cooler: In your favorite blender, blend 1/2 cup strawberries, 4 cups water, and 2-4 drops Lemon essential oil. Strain into glasses w/ ice.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils