Lemon Oil Uses

Lemon oil is a beneficial essential oil known for its myriad health benefits and uses. To learn more about lemon oil and its uses, read this article.

Lemon oil is basically the extract obtained from lemon peels or lemon rind. Since centuries, it has been used for various culinary, medicinal and other household purposes. Because of its wide array of usages, this essential oil is called "Cure all", by Spanish people. Before knowing more about its uses, let us take a look at the basic properties of this pure essential oil.

Properties of Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is blessed with several beneficial properties and hence, this essential oil can be used for innumerable purposes. This oil has fresh and sharp aroma, and is pale greenish-yellow in color. Some of its important medical properties include, anti-infectious, anti-viral, digestive, astringent, detoxifying, a tonic, anti-septic and anti-coagulant. The main chemicals present in it are, a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral. 

The lemon essential oil also bears the property of stimulating the white blood cells (WBC) present in the blood. These WBCs are responsible for the functioning of the immune system. Thus, lemon oil helps in boosting the immune system by stimulating these blood cells. Lemon oil extraction is carried by applying the cold pressed method on fresh lemon peel. To obtain seven pounds of fresh oil, one ton of fresh lemon fruit is required. It blends with many other essential oils, which include lavender oil, rose oil, sandalwood oil, eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, etc.

Uses of Lemon Oil

As mentioned earlier, the splendid properties of lemon oil, make it one of the all-round essential oil that can be used for innumerable purposes. It is an excellent immune system booster and hence promotes good health and well-being. Moreover, it also improves the functioning of the digestive system and circulatory system. It also improves blood circulation and thereby helps to lower high blood pressure. The anti-septic, astringent and bacteria fighting properties make it the best ointment for treating wounds and burns. Other than its medicinal uses, it is also known as one of the best cleaning and insect repellent agent. Given below are the various methods by which you can enjoy the benefits of the lemon essential oil.

To use lemon oil as disinfectant, take an empty spray bottle and add 30 drops of the oil to it. Then, shake the bottle properly and simply spray the oil over affected areas or on the doorknobs, bed linens, kitchen faucets, etc. You can also prepare a combination of lemon oil and other essential oil like, lavender oil and use the mixture as disinfectant. While preparing this mixture, combine equal parts of both the essential oils.

Like any other essential oil, lemon oil has wonderful aromatherapy uses. Its fresh fragrance helps in relieving stress and other emotional problems. Inhaling its fresh aroma dispels psychological heaviness, and creates a cheerful atmosphere. Its fragrance also helps in improving concentration, awareness and thought clarity. To enjoy these aromatherapy uses of lemon oil, you can combine it with a carrier aromatherapy oil like rosemary oil and inhale it using a diffuser or humidifier.

Health Ailments
Lemon oil is a versatile essential oil that can be used to relieve several health ailments. Whether, it's a digestive system problem or a respiratory tract problem, it is the best home remedy for all these health conditions. To treat a wound, take a sterile cloth and dip it into a mixture of water and 2-3 drops of the oil. Dab this cloth on the wound, until all the debris and dirt is removed. Lemon oil is also a natural remedy for skin ailments like acne. Simply apply it to the acne affected area, twice a day and notice a difference in few days. To cleanse your body, you can add a drops to a glass of water and drink it.

Daily Uses
To clean your furniture and bathroom wares, you can use lemon oil. Prepare a mixture of the oil and baking soda, and apply it to sinks and tubs, in bathroom and kitchen. You can also add a few drops of the oil to your laundry solution. It is the best agent that can be used for daily skin care and hair care. It has been used as the main ingredient in many soaps, face washes and other skin care products.

Lemon oil can be used effectively only up to 10 months of its extraction. Before purchasing lemon essential oil, make sure you check the manufacturing date. Moreover, it is sensitive to sunlight, so avoid exposure to sunlight for few hours after using it. I hope this article will prove useful to you.

Written by: Shalu Bhatti, Published: 11/23/2011