Lemons and lemon essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions for at least 1,000 years. Citrus plants are the main sources of benefit-rich essential oils because of their many uses in food and medicine. And lemon oil is one of the most popular citrus essential oils because of its versatility and powerful antioxidant properties.
The health benefits of lemon essential oil have been well established scientifically. Lemon is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body and it’s widely used to stimulate lymphatic drainage, rejuvenate energy, purify skin, and fight bacteria and fungi.
Lemon oil is indeed one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand, as it can be used for so many purposes, from to natural teeth whitener, household cleaner and laundry freshener, to a mood booster and nausea reliever. You are covering a lot of ground with this one bottle of essential oils!
Lemon, scientifically called Citrus lemon, is a flowering plant that belongs to the Rutaceae family. Lemon plants are grown in many countries all over the world, although they are native to Asia and are believed to have been brought to Europe around 200 A.D. In America, English sailors would use lemons while on the sea to protect themselves from scurvy and conditions caused by bacterial infections. Lemon essential oil comes from cold-pressing the lemon peel and not the inner fruit. The peel is actually the most nutrient-dense portion of the lemon because of its fat soluble phytonutrients. Lemon essential oil is composed of many natural compounds, including terpenes, sesquiterpenes, aldehydes, alcohols, esters and sterols. (two) Lemons and lemon oil are popular because of their refreshing scent and invigorating, purifying and cleaning properties. Research shows that lemon oil contains powerful antioxidants and helps to reduce inflammation, fight bacteria and fungi, boost energy levels and ease digestion.
18 Lemon Essential Oil Uses
1. Natural Disinfectant
Want to steer away from alcohol and bleach to disinfect your countertops and clean your moldy shower? Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 16 ounce spray bottle fill with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar) for a traditional cleaning favorite. This natural cleaning product can be used to kill toxins and bacteria in your home, especially in places like your kitchen and bathroom.
If you ever leave your laundry sitting in the washer for too long, just add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your load before drying and your clothes will not get that musky smell.
3. Wood and Silver Polish
A lemon oil-soaked cloth (with about 10 drops of oil) will help spruce up your tarnished silver and jewelry. Lemon oil can also be used for cleaning wood.
4. Dishwasher Detergent
Use my Homemade Dishwasher Detergent with orange and lemon essential oils to keep your dishes clean without using chemicals found in conventional detergents.
5. Teeth Whitener
Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda and coconut oil and rub the combination on your teeth for 2 minutes before rinsing.
6. Face Wash
Lemon essential oil can be used on your skin to improve your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple. Use my Homemade Face Wash that’s made with lemon, lavender and frankincense oils or simply combine 2-3 drops of lemon oil with baking soda and honey.
7. Nail Polish Remover
Try this DIY Nail Polish Remover that’s made with acidic essential oils like lemon, grapefruit and sweet orange. Not only will it remove your old nail polish, but it will work to protect the health of your nails at the same time.
9. Promote Fat-Loss
Add 2 drops of lemon oil to a glass of water 2-3 times daily to support your metabolism and promote weight loss.
10. Clear Mucus and Phlegm
To help eliminate mucus and relief congestion, inhale lemon oil directly from the bottle or combine 2-3 drops with a half-teaspoon of coconut oil and apply it topically to your chest and nose.
11. Relieve Allergies Symptoms
To help drain your lymphatic system and relief seasonal allergy symptoms, diffuse 5 drops of lemon oil at home, add 5 drops to your detergent laundry, or mix 5-10 drops with water in a spray bottle and spray it on your carpets, curtains, couches and sheets.
12. Improve Digestion
To ease digestive complaints like gassiness or constipation, add 1-2 drops of a good quality, pure grade lemon essential oil to a glass of cool water or warm water with honey and drink it twice daily.
13. Promote Detoxification
To help purify your body and promote detoxification, add 1–2 drops of a good quality, pure grade lemon essential oil to a glass of water and drink it twice daily.
Lemon essential oil can cause photosensitivity when used topically, so it’s important to avoid direct sunlight up to 12 hours after using lemon oil on your skin.
Lemon oil can cause skin irritations in some people, so a patch test on your arm or leg before using it topically just to be sure that you will not have an adverse reaction. When using lemon oil on my skin, I like to dilute it with a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil, especially on sensitive areas like my face.