Nothing smells more like sunshine than the lemon (Citrus limon). It has a fresh, clean, cheery scent that banishes all negative thoughts and feelings. This little yellow fruit is quite powerful. There are so many uses of lemon (the fruit) and lemon (the essential oil), and I am going to share some of my favorite uses of both.
Safety ~ Before I discuss the uses of lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil I want to provide this safety information. Lemon essential oil is a photosensitizer. This means that exposure to Ultra Violet rays from the sun, tanning beds and sunlamps must be avoided for at least six hours after topical application to avoid burning the skin. Do not use lemon essential oil neat, i.e. straight from the bottle, always use carrier oil. Individuals with sensitive or dry skin will require more carrier oil and less lemon essential oil to prevent skin irritation. Lemon essential oil should not be used in the bath.
Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
♦ Lemon essential oil to lift the spirits. Nothing says sunshine and carefree like the scent of lemon! Whenever I smell the fragrance of lemon my imagination immediately takes me to sunny days, lemonade, and warm breezes. If you are in need of this type of mental vacation try diffusing ten to twelve drops of lemon essential oil in four ounces distilled water in your ionic diffuser or warmer. As an additional effect lemon essential oil will help to clear and disinfect the air in your home.
♦ Lemon essential oil for sore throat & laryngitis. The instant I feel a sore throat trying to take hold I mix the following blend. In a dark glass bottle add:
5 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil
4 drops Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
2 drops Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) essential oil
30 ml. (1 oz) Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) oil
I use six to eight drops of this blend and massage it on my neck and behind my ears. I do this three to four times a day, especially before going to bed, and typically within a day or two the sore throat is gone!
♦ Lemon essential oil to stop minor bleeding. Individuals with delicate skin, especially the elderly, can easily be cut. When an older neighbor was accidently scratched by our rambunctious dogs his paper-thin skin broke and bleed quite freely. I immediately ran to my essential oils. To help disinfect the wound and stop the bleeding I mixed the following:
2 drops Lemon (Citrus limon) essential oil
1 drop Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
1 Tablespoon Aloe vera (Aloe barbadensis) gel
I dipped a sterile cotton ball into the mixture and gently daubed it on the wound. The area was then covered with an adhesive bandage.
♦ Lemon essential oil to clean tile floors. Lemon is a nice smelling disinfectant to use on the floors. I mix approximately 20 drops of lemon essential oil with ¼ cup unscented liquid soap in two gallons of warm water. It doesn’t leave a chemical odor like so many commercial cleansers. It is also natural and not a lot of harsh chemicals and synthetic fragrance oils.
Uses of Lemon Fruit and Juice
♦ Lemon fruit for cleaning cutting boards. I have several beautiful bamboo wood cutting boards that I want to keep looking good. I have found that by rubbing them with a slice of lemon after washing them keeps the wood from looking stained. The antibacterial, antiseptic, disinfectant, and antifungal properties of lemon juice also helps to clean them.
♦ Lemon fruit for cleaning the kitchen sink. Trying to keep stains out of the kitchen sink can be difficult, and sometimes the odor from the garbage disposal can be unpleasant. I like to use half a lemon to scrub the sink, focusing on dark stains. Lemon juice is whitening, a mild bleach, and it works well to remove stains. After scrubbing the sink with the lemon I then feed it to the garbage disposal. The nasty odor is quickly replaced by the fresh scent of lemon!
♦ Lemon in drinking water. Every time I go out for a meal I order water with lemon. Most people assume I do this for the clean taste, but I do it for a more healthful reason. While traveling in Mexico I learned that a slice of lemon in drinking water helped to “disinfect” it. I don’t know if this is scientifically true, but I do know I don’t drink water in restaurants anywhere without having a slice of lemon in it.
Another reason to put lemon into your drinking water is to help your body cleanse itself. As a child I remember my family drinking a hot lemon water beverage every morning. It was simply hot water with a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. This hot lemon drink helped with the process of elimination every morning. I don’t remember anyone in my family suffering from constipation. Since becoming an aromatherapist I have learned, “This daily drink is said to help cleanse the blood vessels, intestinal tract, liver, and other organs, and provide an important amount of vitamin C for the body.”
♦ Lemon for dental hygiene. That piece of lemon in your drinking water can also be used as an oral cleanser following a meal. I typically don’t carry a toothbrush with me when I go out to eat, but I don’t really need to. The last thing I do before leaving the table is take the piece of lemon from my water and eat it! The lemon deodorizes my breath and makes my mouth feel clean.
♦ Lemon juice for hair care. I am not a blonde, far from it. My hair is as black as jet, but I have several friends with blonde hair. Many of my fair haired friends use lemon juice to keep their tresses looking shiny. Some people use a mixture of one tablespoon lemon juice to one cup of water to rinse their hair after shampooing.
There are so many diverse uses for lemon that I have not included, but these are a few of my favorite. It truly is a remarkable fruit and essential oil. It can give anyone a little boost when needed. Just seeing this little dynamo in the produce section of the grocery store can put a smile on my face.
The information provided is for educational purposes, and it is not intended to replace the medical directives of your healthcare provider. This information is not meant for diagnosis of health issues. If you are pregnant, have serious or multiple health concerns, consult with your healthcare provider before using essential oils. If you experience any complications or adverse reactions contact your healthcare provider.
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 Schiller, Carol & Shiller, David; The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia; Laguna Beach, CA; Basic Health Publications, Inc.; 2008.