Lemon essential oil – its unique applications!
Lemon essential oil has a special place among the essential oils as it offers a wide range of applications for both therapeutic and cosmetic use, but it is not limited only there!
Among citrus essential oils, lemon essential oil is the most popular due to its many applications and strong antioxidant activity. Since ancient times it has been used for therapeutic purposes, being a favorite oil in Ayurvedic medicine, with therapeutic uses that have now been scientifically confirmed. But let’s see in more detail what it can offer us:
For your own cosmetics
Ideal face cleanser. Lemon essential oil improves the texture of the skin, regulates oiliness and treats acne! Make a spray with rose water and lemon essential oil and spray before bed or night cream. It tones the skin and treats the dilated pores that torment oily skin. Remember that ideal flower water for oily or acne prone skin is cistus and witch hazel, while the essential oil of lemon can be added up to 12 drops per 100ml of water or oil base.
Brightens and rejuvenates the skin. It is ideal for dull and tired skin, while offering deep cleansing allowing faster cell renewal. At the same time, studies show that lemon essential oil prevents tissue damage due to its strong antioxidant activity.
Fights cellulite. Like grapefruit essential oil, lemon essential oil fights cellulite by activating the metabolism and fighting fluid retention! Ideally, you can use it in massage oils for topical use.
Hair care. As with oily skin, so with hair, lemon essential oil regulates oiliness, while improving the appearance of hair! Lemon essential oil tones the skin, strengthens the hair, while fighting dandruff. After a while of using the essential oil you will see your hair regain its natural shine. You can add lemon essential oil shampoo on an odorless base (10 drops per 100ml), rinse your hair with water with essential oil, and even make a spray for natural blonde highlights!
Extra tips. Massage with oil and lemon essential oil to avoid breakage in your nails. With the same oil you can treat calluses and hardening of the skin.
Remember that lemon essential oil is phototoxic with the potential to cause freckles or burns on the skin when used before sun exposure. Use without fear before bedtime.
Relieves nausea, especially during pregnancy. All you need to do is inhale, with immediate results, every time you feel nauseous. In fact, research has shown that the results during pregnancy are impressive. You can also perfume your space with lemon essential oil.
Improves digestion. Lemon essential oil contributes significantly to the treatment of digestive problems including gastritis and dysentery. For visible results, it is ideal to use in an aromatherapy device but also massages in the abdomen with essential oil of lemon in oil base. Another use is to add and consume 1 drop or 2 in a glass of water, 2 times a day. Of course this presupposes that you have a very high quality and pure lemon essential oil!
Improves oral hygiene. With its strong antimicrobial and antifungal action, lemon essential oil is ideal for treating diseases of the oral cavity. It prevents dental diseases, treats bad breath and whitens teeth! Lemon juice can be dangerous for tooth enamel, but the essential oil has no acidity and offers freshness, cleanliness and disinfection of the oral cavity!
Cures fungal infections. In fact, the Candida fungus that is present in our body, in times of stress, after the use of antibiotics, and for many other reasons can multiply by causing fungal infections on the skin, oral cavity, genitals, nails, creating side effects that need treatment. The action of lemon essential oil is offered for treatment, as a natural antifungal. For external use you can try the following recipe: 1 large glass of lukewarm water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 3 drops of lemon essential oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil.
It works as an analgesic. If you suffer from chronic pain such as headache, migraines, neck or back pain, the aromatherapy device is a very good solution. The refreshing aroma offered by lemon essential oil can reduce the intensity of pain.
Contributes to weight loss. And yet it can, as it has the ability to activate the metabolism to burn excess fat, while reducing appetite. The reason is the content of limonene (d-limonene), a component that supports metabolism and cleanses the lymph nodes. You can take advantage of this beneficial property either with massage oil, where in a 50ml oil base we dissolve 7 drops of lemon essential oil, or by dissolving 2 drops of lemon essential oil in a glass of water, consumed 3 times a day.
Relieves cough, asthma and allergies. Relieve your lungs from a dry and productive cough by inhaling lemon essential oil or massaging an oil-based lemon essential oil. Put a little oil on the nose area to calm down from a strong nausea. Avoid seasonal allergies by cleaning your carpets, sheets, curtains and fabrics of your furniture with a spray of lemon essential oil! Add a few drops to your humidifier to treat asthma, sore throat and runny nose.
Contributes to detoxification: for detoxification the ideal solution is to dissolve in a glass of water 2 drops of lemon essential oil twice a day (just like metabolism activation). It is a natural cleanser of the body, while protecting against infections. Helps detoxify and protect the liver, lymph nodes, kidneys and digestive system. By adding pure and quality lemon essential oil to water, you disinfect the water you drink. The action of lemon protects our vital organs from oxidative stress.
Cleaning and disinfection
Add to laundry detergent. Disinfects, cleanses and leaves this wonderful scent of freshness. It works as a bleach so you can soak your whites in a bowl of lemon essential oil while breaking down stubborn stains. You can easily and quickly make your own laundry detergent, without chemicals! Try your own washing powder with a mixture of 250g borax, 250g washing soda 180g white grated soap (so that the clothes do not get tanned) and 30 drops of lemon essential oil!
Add to dish detergent. Of course, its disinfectant action plays an important role, while we must not forget that it is the natural way to clean your dishes without chemicals! Try a combination of lemon essential oil with orange and tea tree.
General house cleaner. For those who can not stand the smell of vinegar as a natural disinfectant, then the solution is the wonderful aroma of lemon! It is antiseptic, antifungal and disinfectant with an aroma of freshness and cleanliness. Dissolve in half a liter of water 2 tablespoons of grated white soap and add 15 – 20 drops of lemon essential oil! You can make a very nice spray for cleaning benches, cutting surfaces, bathroom tiles, with water, a little vinegar and 30 drops of lemon essential oil.
Remove glue, resin, and even grease. Yes you can do all of the above with a few drops of lemon essential oil. With essential oil on a cotton ball, you can remove sticky substances from carpet or hair, label glue from bottles, grease from surfaces and clothes and of course resin.
Polishing of wooden and metal surfaces. Avoid dangerous commercial products and treat your furniture and objects in a natural way. You can simply drip 10 drops of lemon essential oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to your wooden surfaces, silverware and even stainless steel surfaces. It disinfects, deeply cleanses, gives a wonderful scent and polishes your items naturally. Another recipe is in 100ml almond oil, 15 drops of lemon essential oil.
Natural insect repellent. Protect your home and your flowers from insects! Make a spray with lemon essential oil and eucalyptus to protect against insects, mosquitoes and even meligra from your flowers.
Natural deodorant for space, shoes and clothes. Making a homemade spray with lemon essential oil, you disinfect the atmosphere and the clothes, while at the same time you perfume and freshen them! Lemon essential oil does not just aromatize, but neutralizes odors. You can also perfume your curtains with the spray. Try 25-30 drops of lemon essential oil in 200ml of water!
Extra tips: Clean and disinfect your toothbrush with 2 drops of lemon. Keep your refrigerator free of odors by placing a cotton ball with a few drops of lemon essential oil.
For our mental health
Improves mood. It has been scientifically proven that the aroma of citrus helps fight depression and melancholy while calming and rejuvenating body and mind! An aromatherapy device and aromatization of your space will help you immediately. But you can also take baths with lemon essential oil for relaxation and wellness!
Increases concentration. It not only increases the ability to concentrate, but also improves and supports brain function. It is ideal for the workplace and reading as it offers spiritual clarity. You can also take advantage of this property in scented candles with lemon essential oil.
Reduces stress and nervousness. The refreshing aroma offered by the lemon, reduces the feeling of fatigue and calms. The result is a significant reduction in the feeling of nervousness and stress. Lemon essential oil relieves mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness and anxiety. Try its use in baths and inhalations!
Improves sleep quality. Of course, since the essential oil calms the nerves and treats stress, it is ideal for treating insomnia. People who suffer from restless sleep can drip some essential oil on a cotton ball and place it inside their pillow.
Of course, useful for cooking, the essential oil of lemon offers specific properties that you will find very useful!
Preserves the color and freshness of chopped fruits and vegetables. You will have noticed that the apples gradually turn brown shortly after we cut them. Lemon prevents the oxidation of the fruit, keeping the color and the ingredients alive. The same goes for many fruits and vegetables such as avocados, broccoli and asparagus.
Gives aroma and flavor to soft drinks and beverages. It is widely used to offer this intense and pleasant aroma that we find in soft drinks.
It works as a natural preservative. Studies so far show very positive results, as spraying food with essential oil dissolved in water, offers protection against food spoilage and infection by bacteria.
A few words about lemon essential oil: Lemon essential oil is produced by cold pressing lemon peel. In fact, lemon peel has the highest nutrient content. It combines perfectly with other essential oils such as lavender, rose, mint, geranium, sandalwood, neroli, yalng ylang & tea tree!
Special precautions: as mentioned above, lemon essential oil is photosensitive and you should not be exposed to the sun for at least 10 hours after use. As with all essential oils and herbs, to be sure there is no allergy, it is best to try it on a small area of your skin first. Essential oil is never used as is, either internally or externally. Prefer an oil base such as almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba etc.