Adored for its uplifting scent and fresh burst of energy, lemon essential oil is possibly the most powerful purifying oil
When life gives you lemons, enjoy the benefits of lemon essential oil.
There’s just something about the energising fragrance of lemons that makes everything smell so fresh and clean. Its rejuvenating aroma also helps to boost concentration, stimulate energy levels, and elevate mood.
In fact, inhaling this aromatic oil has been shown to enhance serotonin and dopamine production, which contributes to lowered levels of anxiety. When diffused, lemon essential oil eliminates toxins in the air and induces calm.
A perennial favourite used in aromatherapy, lemon essential oil has the ability to reduce fever and flu. It also relieves sore throat infections and cough, by promoting steady breathing and good air flow in your respiratory system. When diffused indoors, its antiseptic properties also eliminate toxins in the air and on surfaces.
Research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology found that out of all essential oils, lemon may actually be the most potently antimicrobial one with a myriad of benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the top three ways that this incredibly useful oil can work wonders for us in everyday life:
A WONDERFUL SKIN HELPER
A detoxifying agent that nourishes as it cleanses, lemon essential oil is great for skin exfoliation, and can help to clear up skin issues such as oiliness and acne. Its astringent properties also rejuvenate dull complexions, making it a naturally effective solution for restoring lustre to tired skin. If you have hardened skin such as corns, bunions, or calluses, lemon essential oil will soften the affected areas and naturally heal them. Another plus? This popular skin saver has a high vitamin content that helps to boost immunity (by stimulating the body’s ability to combat harmful bacteria).
Make your own facial toner:
Mix 40 drops of lemon essential oil with half a cup of witch hazel and half a cup of water, then store the mixture in a glass screw top bottle. This facial toner is great for oily skin as it helps to reduce sebum production. It also prevents acne, hyperplasia, and other skin inflammations. Add this to your nightly skin care routine to prevent breakouts.
A HOME HEALTH REMEDY
Completely natural, this uplifting essential oil is extracted from the peel of fresh lemons (the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit, rich in fat-soluble phytonutrients). A cold-press technique is used during the process, and the peel is constantly pricked and rotated to release its oil. It is safe for topical use, and can be diluted for direct skin application. Packed with antioxidants and anti-microbial properties, lemon essential oil also promotes faster wound healing as it is effective against infection-causing bacteria, and can help to prevent skin inflammation.
Make your own natural skincare:
Dilute three to five drops of lemon essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil (usually sweet almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil) and apply topically. In case of sensitive skin reactions, a 48-hour skin test is recommended. After application, avoid sun exposure or UV light for up to 12 hours, as skin can be more photosensitive during that time frame.
A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE CLEANER
A must-have in every home, lemon essential oil has anti-bacterial properties that are highly effective in sanitising not just wounds, but objects as well. Its many purposes include being used as a disinfectant for the cleaning of surfaces; as a refreshing room spray to cleanse air particles and freshen spaces; and even as a mold and mildew remover for stubborn problem areas in the bathroom and kitchen.
Make your own mold and mildew cleaner:
Combine 15 drops each of lemon and tea tree essential oils with one cup of white vinegar inside a spray bottle and shake well. To use, spray on affected areas, then wipe off with a microfibre cloth.