What is Lemon Essential Oil?
Lemon Essential Oil is produced through a process of cold pressing the rinds of lemons. This gives it its fragrance of a freshly picked fruit. This cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic fragrance is enough to eliminate odors and make the entire home infused with the clean, lemon-drop aroma.
Being in the citrus class, it is quite versatile in making blends with other essential oils. A drop or two can be used to dilute most blends especially when they are heavier than desired, to lighten the overall aroma.
Apart from clearing and refreshing a fatigued mind, breathing in the bright and joyful aroma of lemon essential oil improves neurological activity promoting fat metabolism. It also increases the mental clarity and elevates the mood, making it useful in the workplace and home. Also, the oil is beneficial to the hair and the skin where it reduces the blemishes. It has antimicrobial activities and can be used as a teeth whitener, face wash, and household cleaner.
Uses as an Essential Oil
Home cleaning: It provides a cheerful scent of the fresh fruits when added to cleaning solutions.
Beauty product: when added to the skin care products, it reduces the appearance of blemishes and gives the hair a smoother shiny look.
Aromatic: it can be blended with other essential oils and products such as tangerine, orange, grapefruit, eucalyptus, and others to produce an excellent, active aromatic environment. This improves the mood.
Laundry: it is used to add the sweet aroma to clothes that have been sitting in a washer for too much time as they usually have a nasty smell.
Other uses include teeth whitening, hand and face washing, consumption for immune support and as a natural disinfectant.
Directions for Use
How lemon essential oil is used depends on the purpose. This is because of the numerous applications such as an aromatic, topical application, inhalation or even ingestion.
Diffusion blend: Three to four drops are applied in the diffuser of choice. It can be blended with other products to create a freshened up and purified air.
Direct palm inhalation: It is mixed with other inhalation products, rubbed into the palms then inhaled to receive its cheerful and invigorating effects.
Internal use: one drop is diluted in 4 fl. oz. of the liquid to be consumed with.
Topical use and massage: One or two drops are mixed with the massage lotions or coconut products then applied or massaged on the desired area.
It may cause skin sensitivity especially when exposed to UV and sunlight. Therefore, avoid sunlight and UV for up to 12 hours after applying on skin. For the pregnant and nursing mothers as well as patients under a doctor’s care, it is important to consult a physician on how to use. Contacts with sensitive areas such as eyes and inner ears should be avoided.
Aroma: Sharp, fresh, bitter-fruity
Blended with: Geranium oil, chamomile oil, jasmine oil, and lavender oil; citrus oils including lime oil and lemon oil.