OIL SPOTLIGHT: LEMON

LEMON

(Citrus limon)


 

Lemon has a fresh and invigorating aroma, which stimulates the senses and clears the mind. Whilst also detoxifying and toning, this oil lends its self naturally to massage blends and skin products. With it's citrus scent and antiseptic, anti-bacterial, deodorizing and de-greasing properties it also makes for a very effective household cleaner. Lemons are antioxidant powerhouses, containing twice as much Vitamin C as the average orange as well as several unique citrus phytochemicals which have been studied for their potential to prevent cancer and other chronic diseases. Overall this essential oil is one of the basics I suggest every home to have in your kit. 

Common Primary Uses

Air Pollution / Anxiety / Bites & Stings / Blood Pressure / Cold Sores / Colds / Concentration / Constipation / Depression / Digestion (sluggish) / Disinfectant / Dry Throat / Energizing / Exhaustion / Fever / Flu / Furniture Polish / Greasy hair / Grease removal / Hangover / Heartburn / Intestinal Parasites / Physical Energy / Postpartum Depression / Purification / Relaxation / Skin / Stress / Throat Infection / Uplifting / Varicose Veins 

Properties

Anticancer / Antidepressant / Antiseptic / Antifungal / Antioxidant / Antiviral / Astringent / Invigorating / Refreshing

Body Systems Effected 

Digestive, Immune, and Respiratory Systems

Common Application Methods 

Topical: Can be applied neat ( no dilution) For sensitive skin or children dilute 1 drop to 1 tbsp carrier oil. Apply to reflex points and/or specific area of concern. Avoid direct sunlight or UV light up to 12 hours after application, as this oil is photo sensitive. 

Aromatic: Diffuse or inhale from the bottle or cupping of hands.

It's aromatic influence can promote health, healing, physical energy, and purification. It's fragrance invigorating, enhancing and warming. 

 


DAILY USES

Clean small wounds

Since lemon oil is a natural antiseptic, it can be used to clean minor wounds to prevent infection. You can use these recipes on superficial cuts, scrapes, and burns to speed up the healing process.

a) Soothing Salve Recipe: Combine ¼ cup of beeswax pellets with ¾ cup of coconut oil and heat on low on the stovetop. Once thoroughly melted and blended, add 12 drops each of lemon, lavender, and tea tree oil. Transfer to a container and allow it to cool before using.

b) Antiseptic Spray: ¼ cup of distilled water + 6 drops of lemon + 12 drops of tea tree + 6 drops of eucalyptus

Morning Sickness

Affecting more than half of moms-to-be, the vomiting and nausea of pregnancy is among the least pleasant aspects of gestation. While morning sickness will usually subside on its own within 14 to 18 weeks, for some it will continue for the whole nine months, up until the time the baby is delivered. Fortunately, there is some respite to be found with lemon oil! A clinical trial from 2014 examined the effects of lemon oil aromatherapy on pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness. Involving more than 100 participants, the study determined that inhaling lemon oil as soon as feelings of nausea were present had the effect of drastically reducing queasiness and retching as well as an overall decrease in the intensity of those symptoms. 

Enhance Mood

If you have ever deeply inhaled the scent of lemon oil, you’ve probably noticed that it has a stimulating, and yet calming, influence in the mind. 

 Candida

Most commonly expressed as a yeast infection when it’s running rampant, Candida is a class of fungus that is often a normal part of good oral and intestinal health. Its overgrowth, however, can affect the skin, throat, mouth, genitals, and, if left untreated, can even invade the blood. Because of its antifungal properties, lemon oil can be used as a natural remedy for yeast infections. A recent study found that lemon oil was able to inhibit the growth of various Candida strains. This is likely because of lemon oil’s high monoterpenoid content, which has an antimicrobial effect. You can use the following recipe as an external skin treatment once per day. If there’s no improvement after a week, you should see a healthcare practitioner.

Recipe: 3 cups of lukewarm water + 2 tablespoons of vinegar + 3 drops of lemon oil + 4 drops of tea tree oil

Degrease Hair

Also caused by an overzealous sebaceous gland, greasy hair can leave your tresses limp, flat, and stringy no matter how much you wash it. As with oily skin, lemon oil can reduce the amount of sebum on the scalp, as well as help rebalance the production of oils.

Shampoo Recipe: ½ cup of liquid castile soap + 1 cup of water + 20 drops of lemon oil

Hair Rinse Recipe: 1 cup of water + 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar + 3 drops of lemon oil

All-Purpose Cleaner

Although vinegar is a wonderful, eco-friendly cleaner, sometimes you might not want to imbue your home with a sour, pungent smell. Lemon oil’s antiseptic, antifungal, and disinfectant qualities make it a viable green cleaning contender – all while emitting that unmistakably “clean” scent.

Recipe: 2 ½ cups of water + 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap + 10 to 20 drops of lemon oil or see my post here


I always recommend speaking with your doctor before making any sort of drastic change, or adding something new to your dietary regimen. I do not believe in the ingestion of essential oils, even so Lemon has been said to have high doses of Vitamin C it is too potent for the body to take internally, unless under the care of a physician. Dilute for children/sensitive skins as this is a rich potent oil. Remember to not go into direct sunlight after using this oil. Click here to order oils.

 

 

 

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