10 Lemon Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

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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 a 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!


What Is Lemon Essential Oil? 

Lemon, scientifically called Citrus limon, 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. (2)

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.


9 Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

1. Relieves Nausea

2. Improves Digestion

3. Nourishes Skin

4. May Promote Weight Loss

5. Helps Purify the Body

6. Boosts Oral Health

7. Relieves Cough and Stimulates Lymphatic Drainage

8. Works as Antimicrobial Agent

9. May Work as Anti-tumor Agent

 


18 Lemon Essential Oil Uses

There’s a laundry list of lemon oil uses, which is why I think that it’s one of the top essential oils to keep in your home. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Natural Disinfectant

2. Laundry

3. Wood and Silver Polish

4. Dishwasher Detergent

5. Goo-Be-Gone

6. Clean Hands

7. Teeth Whitener

8. Face Wash

9. Nail Polish Remover

10. Promote Fat-Loss

11. Improve Your Mood

12. Boost Immune System

13. Relieve Cough

14. Clear Mucus and Phlegm

15. Relieve Allergies Symptoms

16. Ease Nausea

17. Improve Digestion

18. Promote Detoxification

Precautions

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 do a patch test on your arm or leg before using it topically just to be sure that you won’t 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.

3 thoughts on “10 Lemon Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

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