As one of the most used tropical fruits in the world, lemons are loaded with nutrients and have incredibly high concentrations of vitamin C but when the oil is unlocked from this little piece of fruit, its full potential is realised.  

The cleansing, purifying and invigorating properties of the lemon make it one of the most versatile of the essential oils and can be used for many applications.

Lemons are packed with a potent nutritional profile, not only being an excellent source of vitamin C but also containing ascorbic acid, a potent water-soluble antioxidant.  Even though lemons have an acidic nature, they have an alkalising effect when metabolised in the body.

Even though lemons have an acidic nature, they have an alkalising effect when metabolised by the body.

The list of benefits of lemon oil are extensive and can be attributed to its stimulating, calming, anti-infection, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, sleep inducing and antifungal properties. 

Some of health and wellness benefits of lemon oil are as follows:

  •  Oral health and a remedy for bad breath
  •  Control overactive sebaceous glands that contribute to acne and poor hair conditions
  •  Nourishing for the skin
  •  Improves digestion
  •  Calms stomach and relieves nausea
  • Soothe acidity and heartburn, as it is helps balance your stomach pH level
  • Cleansing and purification
  •  Support immune function by stimulating the production of white blood cells
  •  Nourishes the skin
  • Relive arthritis, due to its anti-inflammatory properties
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Supports health respiratory function and fight respiratory functions like bronchitis, coughs and sore throats
  • Calm anxiety, improve mood and prevent emotional outbursts and violent behaviour
  • Sanitize wounds, household objects and hospital rooms due to its antibacterial properties
  • Works as a natural repellent and antibacterial
  •   Can help remove gum, oil and grease stains from clothes and surfaces

Lemon essential oil can be described as having a clean, fresh, citrus and bright fragrance.  The benefits of lemon oil are very many however for general application, here are simple directions for use as a rule of thumb:

  • Diffusion:  Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use:  Dilute one drop in ½ cup of liquid.
  • Topical use:  Apply one to two drops to desired area.  Diluting with fractionated coconut oil will assist in minimising any skin sensitivity.

As with all things, there are some precautions that come with lemon essential oil such as possible skin sensitivity.  It is advisable to dilute the oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil) for direct application to the skin to prevent skin irritation.  Keep out of reach of children and should you be pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult your doctor.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  

There are findings showing that lemon oil may increases your sensitivity to the sun, possibly leading to sunburn and uneven darkening of the skin.  Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying the oil.

With lemon essential oil having so many and varied uses, it’s not surprising it’s one of the most popular of the essential oils and is a staple for anyone starting their essential oil journey.