Aromatherapy Lessons – Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is fresh and energizing fragrance that can aid in concentration. The distinctive lemony fragrance is due to limonene, a naturally occurring chemical, which is also found in lemongrass.
Lemon EO is extracted from the rind through cold pressing. The oil can range from a pail yellow to deep yellow and has a thin consistency. The aroma is strong and is similar to fresh lemons however the fragrance is more concentrated.

Although studies are limited, lemon EO is thought to be antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory, and immune stimulant, diuretic, and an expectorant.
Uses for Lemon Essential Oil:

  • Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water and vinegar in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
  • Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  • Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
  • Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Place a few drops of your favorite citrus essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.
  • When used with a humidifier, it’s a great way to slow wheezing, colds, cough, and other upper respiratory problems.
  • Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, grease spots, glue and adhesives, and crayon from most surfaces. Tip: try a test area before to make sure you won’t ruin any finishes.

More uses can be found:

As always, use oils with care, and consider diluting oils prior to application to avoid skin irritation. Lemon EO is photo sensitive and skin that has been treated with lemon EO should not be exposed to direct sum for 24-72 hours after application.


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