Lemon oil is the smiley face of the essential oils. Extracted from fresh peels using the cold-pressed method, lemon oil is a top note and high in monoterpenes. The aroma of lemon oil is fresh, lemony fruity, and cool. It is used in aromatherapy for its uplifting, refreshing and cheerful feeling. Read on to learn how to use lemon oil in your daily routine for skincare and to improve concentration, clear the mind, support decision making, and to deal with stress and fatigue among others.
The most effective ways to use essential oils is externally through the skin and by inhalation.
Diffuser: One of the best ways to receive the therapeutic benefits of lemon oil is to use it in a diffuser or vaporizer. Pour a few drops of lemon oil into the diffuser. Use this method to get an uplift in the mood, relief from anxiety and boost energy and concentration.
Spray: Add a few drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle filled with water. Spray the solution around your house. Its lemony aroma will fill the home with a mood-elevating and revitalizing effect. It works as a deodorizer, neutralizer, and sterilizer. The spray can also be used as a disinfectant on countertops and other surfaces.
Direct Inhale: You can directly breathe in the lemon oil from a bottle. Just keep a safe distance from the nose. Alternately, place a few drops of lemon oil on a cloth or tissue and hold it near your nose to inhale.
Steam Inhalation: Fill a large bowl with boiling water. Add a few drops of lemon oil into it. Cover your head and the bowl with a towel, and then breathe in the steam deeply. Keep your eyes closed. Do not use this method for children.
To apply lemon oil topically, dilute it with a carrier oil to a maximum of 2-4% dilution for adults and 1% for children and elders. For 2% dilution, add 2 drops of lemon essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil.
Massage: Massage is a relaxing and nourishing experience. Make a massage oil as per dilution instructions. Use lemon oil in a massage to help in digestion, boost circulation and metabolism. Using massage is beneficial in constipation and reduces blood pressure as well as cellulite. It is also beneficial to soothe inflammations and headaches.
Bath: To use lemon oil in a bath, dilute it with a carrier oil. Do not put lemon oil directly in bathwater. When used in a bath, lemon oil acts as a detoxifying agent. It helps in cleansing the skin and useful to deal with acne and oily skin. You can combine other essential oils for more benefits.
For a refreshing feeling, combine 2 drops of each of lemon, lime and grapefruit oils in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Add this combination in warm bathwater. For soothing feeling, combine lemon and geranium oils in a carrier oil and add to warm bathwater.
Lemon oil is a perfect addition to the daily skincare regime due to its astringent and antiseptic properties. Check out some of the simple ways to use lemon oil for skin care and hair care.
Create a blend of 20 drops of lavender oil and 30 drops of each of lemon and tea tree oil. Mix well oils together and store in a dark bottle. Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on the affected areas.
Recipe 1: Mix 10 drops of lavender oil, 20 drops of each of lemon oil and tea tree oil in 4 tablespoons of each of jojoba oil and natural Aloe Vera gel. Now add 1 cup of liquid castile soap to it. Store in a pump bottle and use it as a face cleanser.
Recipe 2: Mix 1 drop of lavender oil, 2 drops of each of lemon oil and tea tree oil in 2 teaspoons plain yogurt and 3 teaspoons of honey. Mix all ingredients well and massage it on the blemishes. Rinse with warm water after 5 minutes.
Add 1 drop of each of lemon oil and lavender oil in 1 teaspoon of distilled water and massage with the solution under your eyes just before bedtime. Do not forget to incline your head with a pillow.
In case you have flaky hair and are suffering from dandruff, use the following recipe to make your hair softer and non-greasy.
Melt 2 tablespoons of fractionated coconut oil and add 60 ml of canned coconut milk to it. Next, add 120 ml of liquid castile soap and 60 ml of honey to it. Finally, add 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil, and 10 drops each of lemon, tea tree, lavender and rosemary oils.
Mix all the ingredients well and store in a shampoo bottle. Shake well before each use and use it as a regular shampoo.
Melt ¼ cup of coconut oil and ¼ cup of olive oil to it. Now add 1 cup cane sugar to it. Finally, add 20 drops of lemon oil and 2 tablespoons of lemon zest to the mixture. Combine all the ingredients well and store in a jar. Use like a regular body scrub.
To 1 cup of warm water, add 1 tablespoon of sea salt. Use a whisk to mix the salt. Now, add 2 teaspoons of argan oil and 5 drops of lemon oil to the mixture. Mix well and store the spay into a spray bottle and shake well. Use onto damp hair for a texturized look.
Using lemon oil helps to improve concentration, clear the mind, and support decision making. Lemon can be beneficial for the circulatory system since it aid blood flow and reduce blood pressure, and broken capillaries. It boosts the immune system and cleanses the body, supports the digestive system, and helps with cellulite. It’s supportive to the immune system by bringing down fevers and relieving throat infections, bronchitis, asthma, and flu. Lemon oil also soothes inflammation such as headaches, and muscular problems.
Lemon Oil: Diffuse lemon essential oil to support mental clarity and focus. It is particularly beneficial during exam times. Put a few drops of lemon oil in a diffuser as per manufacturer instructions.
Blend for Energy Boost: Add 8 drops of each of peppermint oil and lemon oil with 4 drops of frankincense oil. Mix well and let the oils blend for 24 hours. Store in a dark glass bottle. Use a few drops of the blend in the diffuser to get the energetic feeling.
Summer Scent: Add 5 drops of each of orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit and sage oils. Mix well and use a few drops of the blend in the diffuser. This blend is particularly suitable during summer times.
In a 250 ml spray bottle, add 90 ml each of distilled water and vodka. Next, add 9 drops of Lemon oil, 6 drops of lavender oil and 15 drops of clary sage essential oil to the mixture. Shake well to combine all the ingredients. Allow the blend to sit for 24-hours before using it.
Another recipe you can try is to add 6 drops of peppermint oil and 12 drops of lemon oil in 60 ml of distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray. Spray around living areas or your office for a cooling, summertime burst of aromatherapy.
The lemon oil can be used as a natural mouthwash. Add a couple of drops of lemon oil to a glass of water and gargle. The disinfectant properties of lemon oil are beneficial to deter germs in the mouth and for neutralizing bad breath odors, as well.
Mix 15 drops of coriander oil, 10 drops of pink grapefruit oil, 5 drops each of lemon oil and cypress oil. Dilute the blend in a carrier oil and apply a few drops on the sole of your feet or on the abdomen to get relief.
Add 25 drops of cajeput oil, 19 drops of geranium oil, 19 drops of lemon oil and 13 drops of cedarwood oil in 30 ml sweet almond oil. Mix all ingredients thoroughly until well blended. Apply a small amount to exposed skin as required.
Lemon oil is an excellent cleaning agent owning to its antimicrobial properties. It not only destroys germs but also is an awesome degreaser.
You can put a few drops of lemon oil onto a damp sponge and clean the countertops and other kitchen areas with it. This will combat germs and will leave your kitchen with the fresh aroma of lemon.
Take peels from 6 oranges and 6 lemons and add to a glass jar. Next, add 2 cups of white vinegar. Then add 20 drops of each of lemon and orange essential oils. Shake the jar vigorously. Allow the jar to sit for 30 days, shaking once each day. Once ready, strain the liquid into a large spray bottle using a funnel. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with filtered water. Use to disinfect countertops and other kitchen surfaces.
Hand Sanitizing Gel: In a pump bottle, add 1 cup of Aloe Vera gel, 2 teaspoons of witch hazel, 4 drops of lemon oil and 4 drops of basil oil. Shake well to combine all the ingredients. Use it as a regular hand sanitizing gel.
Lemon Foaming Hand Soap: In 2/3 cup filtered water, add 1/3 cup liquid unscented Castile soap and 1/8 teaspoon lemon essential oil. Seal tightly and shake to mix.
Add 1 cup of vodka in 1 cup of water. Next, add ¼ teaspoon of liquid dishwashing soap and 5 drops of lemon essential oil into it. Mix all the ingredients well and store it in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Mix 20 drops of each of lemon, lime and orange oils into 1 cup of olive oil. Store in a spray bottle. Spray onto wooden surfaces and wipe away with a clean cotton cloth.
Add 100 ml of white vinegar to 250 ml of distilled water. To the mixture, add 15 drops of each of lemon, orange and grapefruit oils. Combine all the ingredients well and store in a spray bottle. Use the spray to clean windows as you would with any commercial product.
Use a grater or food processor to grate 1 bar of soap into fine particles. Mix 1 cup of washing soda and 1cup of borax (or you can use additional washing soda). Now add 20 drops of lemon essential oil into it. Mix thoroughly. Store in an airtight glass jar. Use 1-2 tablespoons as per load, dependant on size and amount of soiling.
If you do not like mopping solutions full of chemicals available in the market, then you can make a home-made mopping solution as per the following recipe.
Add 2 cups of white vinegar and 2 cups of rubbing alcohol to 2 cups of water in a bottle. Then, add 6 drops of dish soap, 10 drops of lemon oil and 8 drops of lavender oil to it. Shake well to combine all the ingredients. Pour a cup or two of mopping solution onto floors and mop as you normally would.
Add 10 drops of each of lemon oil and clove oil to 2 cups of baking soda. Shake well to combine all the ingredients. Sprinkle onto a wet sink or tub. Add a squirt of the castile soap and scrub with a textured pad. Rinse when clean.
Use proper dilution while using lemon oil since it may cause skin irritation if not diluted appropriately and may cause redness of the skin if the skin is directly exposed to sunlight after its application on the body. We advise you to follow essential oil safety and dilution guide while using lemon oil.
When used on the skin, do not expose skin to the sun. It is better to use lemon oil during the night time on the skin. Do not use it if oxidized. Consult your healthcare provider if you’re pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or being treated for other health challenges.