Natural Health Solutions: Lemon Oil

Lemon oil can help with fever, skin problems, stomach ache, and even stress.  Lemon is also used in foods, as it is a popular citrus fruit that helps digestion, and provides a healthy dose of vitamin C. Lemon oil is ideal to use in order to increase circulation within the body and to boost the immune system to prevent cold and flu.

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) is one of those oils that can be used for many different applications. It’s highly anti-bacterial and it smells wonderfully refreshing.   Lemon essential oil has high amounts of a compound called limonene.  This compound has been researched for its ability to combat cell mutation.   Lemon improves circulation and stimulates the immune system by increasing white blood cells.  

 

Lemon oil is one of the most widely used aromatherapy oils because it helps a variety of ailments---such as fever, skin problems, stomach ache, and stress. Lemon is also used in foods, as it is a popular citrus fruit that helps digestion, and provides a healthy dose of vitamin C. Lemon oil is ideal to use in order to increase circulation within the body and to boost the immune system to prevent cold and flu.  Another benefit is that essential oil of lemon is one of the most reasonably priced of all essential oils.

For stress relief, a lemon oil recipe is simple to make and can be used at any time. Lemon oil is helpful to calm the mind, as well as relieve mental fatigue, anxiety, tension, exhaustion, and dizziness. Some individuals opt to use lemon oil in its natural state to increase concentration levels, as well as improve alertness throughout the day.  For stress reduction and mental relief simply add one or two drops of the essential oil of lemon into an oil burner. The vapors you breathe should help relieve tension, as well as help with congestion caused by colds or flu, and increase concentration.

 

To help boost the immune system, lemon oil is ideal, especially during the cold and flu season.  Lemon oil is loaded with a high amount of vitamin C found in citrus fruits.  The oil also increases the effectiveness of white blood cells, helping the body ward off viruses.  Lemon oil improves circulation, which helps fight against skin disorders and infections, helps digestion, and keeps the internal organs free from buildup of toxins.  For the immune system, add one or two drops of lemon into a cup of warm water and drink throughout cold or flu symptoms.

 

For natural skin care, lemon oil is considered an astringent as well as a detox oil, which means that it helps remove toxins and tighten up skin. Those who suffer from acne also use lemon oil to clear up blemishes and reduce excess oil. If you have oily skin, lemon oil is ideal to use to control oil production because it is gentle on the skin and does not dry it out like other acne skin-care products. As an astringent, it helps to reduce the appearance of pores and blood vessels in the face.  To use a lemon oil recipe for the skin, use one drop of essential oil and rub gently into the acne-prone areas. Lemon oil also improves circulation, leaving skin looking fresh and healthy.

To help prevent wrinkles and sign of premature aging, lemon juice has been used for centuries. Lemon juice rejuvenates skin by ridding the body of dead skin cells, which can help to reduce wrinkles and lines. It also helps to clear up blemishes and age spots by bleaching the areas.  Use fresh lemon juice as opposed to the bottled variety that can contain chemicals that can be more damaging to your skin than beneficial.  Rid your face of dead skin cells by making a lemon juice mixture and applying it daily. The acid in the lemon juice will help to tighten up your skin, which can help eliminate the wrinkles that are caused by age.  Just dilute some lemon juice with water, and apply lightly to skin with a cotton ball, especially in the areas where you are battling wrinkles. Do this for two to three minutes daily. Use a moisturizer afterward. 

 

Lemon oil blends well with many other essential oils, such as lavender, rose, neroli, sandalwood, geranium, ylang ylang, even tea tree oil gets a boost from added lemon.  Any combination of these makes a wonderful massage oil, and is a super addition for natural foot soaks!

 

Lemon has so many uses, it’s really the best all-around household ingredient you can have on hand.  For instance, check out these ideas:

 

  • Natural Air Freshener – Put 12 drops in a small spray bottle mixed with distilled water.
  • Sweet smelling clothes – Add several drops to the rinse cycle, especially nice for towels and sheets.
  • Soothe Calluses and Corns - Rub 1 drop on affected area mornings and evenings.
  • Clean Fruit - Fill a bowl with water and add 2 drops of lemon oil. Put your fruit into the bowl and stir. Make sure all the surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water. This works to increase the shelf life of fruit, as well.
  • Sanitize Counter Tops - Add 2-3 drops to a spray bottle filled with water.
  • Goo Gone - Using 1-2 drops may remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Sanitize Dish Sponge/Cloth - Add 1 drop to a bowl of water and soak your sponge/cloth in it overnight.
  • Dishwasher Boost - Add 1 drop to your dishwasher to boost cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Disinfect Hands – Rub 1 drop on to your hands after using the restroom, especially public restrooms!
  • Sanitize Bathroom Fixtures - Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of lemon oil and wipe over fixtures.
  • Relieve Sore Gums – Rub 1 drop on sore or swollen gums.
  • Cellulite - Rub several drops on cellulite areas to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from cells.
  • Athlete’s Foot – Rub 2 drops topically on affected areas.
  • Improve Circulation – Rub several drops on your legs, in an upwards motion.
  • Sanitize Cutting Boards – Rub 1 drop on any cutting surfaces.
  • Carpet Cleaning - Put 10-15 drops in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug.

So stock up on lemons, try some of these ideas for use of essential oil of lemon, and keep a bottle of organic lemon juice on hand in the refrigerator.  “Lemon tree very pretty, and the lemon flower is sweet…” and the fruit of the amazing lemon is truly wonderful to eat! 

 

 By Cindy Gray

 

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