10 Real benefits of essential lemon oil
Do you want to cleanse, support metabolism, nourish your skin and learn some incredible essential oil DIY recipes? If so, then you will want to start learning all of the benefits and uses of lemon essential oil.
Lemon is best known for it’s ability to cleanse toxins from any part of the
body and is widely used to stimulate lymph drainage, to rejuvenate energy, purify skin and act as a bug repellant.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology last year, lemon oil may actually be the most powerful anti-microbial agent of all the essential oils.
Another study published in Experimental Biology and Medicine found that breathing in the scent of lemon essential oils improved neurological activity that promotes the breakdown of body fat.
Lemon oil is one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand and can be used as teeth whitener, laundry freshener, cellulite cream, face wash and
household cleaner.From what we can tell, Ayurvedic medicine has been using both lemons and lemon essential oil to treat a wide spectrum of health conditions for at least 1,000 years. The health benefits of lemon essential oil have been well established scientifically.
Top 10 Lemon Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
1. Minor skin infections
Lemon essential oil has antiseptic properties and acts as an astringent that can be used for minor skin infections including acne. Lemon essential oil is often used in a compress or as a cleanser to disinfect the skin infection.
Dilute lemon and lavender essential oils (or tea tree essential oil) in a bowl of water and use a facecloth absorbed with the mixture and hold on the skin infection for up to 10 minutes.
Further reading: tea tree essential oil also has strong antiseptic properties, and is also uses in topical applications.
2. Toner for oily skin
Lemon essential oil benefits your skin as it’s a natural toner that helps to balance oil glands and minimize oil production. Mix a few drops of lemon essential oil in a tablespoon of carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil, and apply with cotton wool.
3. Reduces cellulite
Blending lemon essential oil with other essential oils such as rosemary and juniper in a carrier oil can help reduce cellulite. The essential oil massage stimulates the lymphatic system and aids your body to eliminate toxins and fight cellulite. Add 20-30 drops of the above essential oils to ½ cup carrier oil and massage the affected areas for 10 to 15 minutes a day. For a better effect you could regularly use a deep tissue foam roller.
4.Natural Disinfectant – Want to steer away from alcohol and bleach to disinfect your countertops and clean your moldy shower? Add 40 drops lemon oil and 20 drops tea tree oil to a 16-oz spray bottle fill with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar) for a traditional cleaning favorite.
5.Face-wash – Lemon essential oil uses for skin can improve your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple. Lemon oil benefits skin by deeply nourishing. You can make lemon oil with baking soda and honey for a natural acne free face wash.
6.Immune system: Lemon oil has a high vitamin content, which makes it a wonderful booster for the body’s immune system. It further stimulates white blood cells, thus increasing your ability to fight off diseases. It also improves circulation throughout the body.
7.Cleaners: Lemon is a good cleaner, which is why it is used for cleansing the body, metal surfaces, dishes, and clothes. It is also a disinfectant, so it is commonly used for cleaning surfaces such as butcher’s knives and blocks that can get contaminated very easily.
8.Treats cold sores
Lemon essential oil is used to treat cold sores due to its anti-viral properties. Lemon essential oil can be used in a lip balm to treat cold sores as soon as you feel a cold sore coming on. Mix 1 tablespoon of base oil with a few drops of lemon oil (you can also add to the mixture tea tree oil or lavender essential oil), dip a clean cotton swab in the mixture, and apply directly to the cold sore. Keep the mixture in sealed glass container and repeat several times a day until the sore is gone.
9.Treats Greasy/Oily Hair
You can use lemon essential to treat your oily hair by mixing it with a base oil such as sweet almond, apricot kernel, avocado, jojoba or olive oil.
For one scalp treatment choose up to three essential oils for greasy hair such as lemon, rosemary and eucalyptus and use five drops of each for two tablespoons of base oil.
For very long hair you will probably need more oil. Warm the blended oils by placing the container in a bowl of boiling water, and then massage into the scalp. Wrap with a hot towel, leave for at least 15 minutes and then shampoo. Repeat once or twice a week.
10.Promotes Fat-Loss – Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water 3x daily can support metabolism and weight loss.
Lemon oil blends well with many other essential oils including lavender essential oil, rose oil, neroli essential oil, sandalwood oil, geranium essential oil, ylang ylang essential oil, tea tree essential oil, making it a popular oil for herbalists and those who practice the healing art of aromatherapy.