24 Feb 2011

Lemon Essential Oil

We all know the wonderful clean smell of lemons and lemon essential oil has the same fresh, citrusy smell. The best essential oil is extracted from organic lemon peels by cold pressing. Lemon oil is edible and is light yellow with a greenish tinge and a thin viscosity.

The major constituent in lemon oil is limonene, which is a powerful antioxidant and gives the oil it's fruity aroma. It also contains citral and citronellal which gives it it's lemon aroma. The oil has many properties, the major ones being antiseptic,antimicrobial, antibacterial, diuretic, and carminative.

Lemon oil has many health benefits:
1) It is excellent for skin problems like acne, itchy eczema, cold sores, herpes, athlete’s foot, bleeding gums, warts, abscesses, boils, and mouth ulcers. The oil can be applied directly to the skin.
2) It relieves many mental problems like fatigue, nervous tension, depression, insomnia, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and is known to increase concentration and alertness. A burner, vaporizer or room spray can be used to distribute it throughout the area.
3) It is excellent against infections like colds, 'flu, tonsillitis, bronchitis, fevers, malaria to name a few. Can be used in a vaporizer, added to a bowl of boiling water so the steam can be inhaled or added to warm water and used as a mouth wash in the case of throat problems.
4) It can improve blood circulation, assist in the removal of cellulite and relieve rheumatism, arthritis and gout, by being massaged into problem area.

NOTE: Lemon oil is photosensitive so it not advisable to apply lemon oil just before going out in the sun. Wait at least four hours.

Lemon oil also has many useful household, beauty and general applications:
1) It's excellent antiseptic, antimicrobial, antibacterial properties make it the perfect natural air freshener and surface cleaner in rooms like kitchens and bathrooms.
2) It can be used instead of bleach in the washing machine and to sanitize the washing.
3) It will remove gum, oil, grease spots and crayon.
4) It can be used as a hand cleaner after using a public toilet.
5) It can be used to clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit by soaking fruit in a bowl of water, for a few minutes, with a few drops of lemon oil added.
6) It is used in hair care to either to remove dandruff or as hair tonic.
7) It is used in skin care as it is excellent for oily skin and it also rejuvenates dull skin.

It would be easy to write a book on lemon oil with all it's amazing uses. Commercial businesses and D.I.Y. folk also make perfumes, scented candles, soaps, and edibles like muffins and lemonade with the oil, so why not give it a bash yourself? The shelf life of lemon oil is only 8-10 months but is sure to be used long before that. Make sure that you buy a good quality lemon essential oil so you and your family can reap all it's excellent benefits.
Lavender and Lemon Moisturizer for Oily Skin

3 drops of lemon oil
3 drops of lavender oil
3 tsps. of glycerine
1/2 cup of distilled water

Mix the lemon and lavender oil together in a bottle before adding the glycerine and distilled water. Shake well and store in the fridge for future use. Can be used on body as well as face.

Lemon Citrus Nail Soak
From Aroma Thyme  
Lemon juice and the essential oil of lemon whitens nails while stimulating healthy growth.

8 fl oz / 240 mls. spring water
1 tbsp aloe vera gel
10 drops lemon essential oil

Mix and soak fingertips for 10 minutes.

Homemade Lemon Toner
From Natural Skin Care Info 

1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup distilled water
2/3 cup witch hazel

Combine all ingredients. Pour into a clean bottle or decorative cosmetics container. Shake well before using. Apply with a clean cotton ball.

Beat the Winter Blues Bath
From Therapy Essence    

4 drops bergamot essential oil
4 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops ylang-ylang essential oil

Add to a warm bath and disperse well - or blend with 1 tblsp grapeseed oil or 1 tblsp unscented bubble bath and add to a warm bath. Soak in the bath for 15-20 minutes inhaling the vapours. Do not get bath water in your eyes as it will sting.

Rosemary and Lemon Hair Growth Shampoo
The Aromatherapy Place 
Bad haircut? Grow your hair out quickly with this shampoo.

15 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil Spanish
8 fl oz / 240 mls fragrance and additive free shampoo

Pour shampoo into a 4 fl oz / 120 mls bottle, add essential oils and shake vigorously.

Lemon Moisturizer for Normal to Oily Skin
From the Aromatherapy Place 
This gentle formula will moisturize your skin without leaving any oily residue.

17 drops bergamot essential oil
13 drops cedarwood essential oil
14 drops lemon essential oil    
4 fl oz / 120 mls fragrance and additive free moisturizer    

Pour moisturizer into an 4 fl oz cosmetic jar add essential oils and stir vigorously.

Fruitwood Perfume/Cologne
From NaturalBeauty 
This perfume is a round, fully citrusy perfume with a distinct woodsy scent. This fragrance is also well suited for use as an appealing cologne for men.

5 tsp. 80-proof vodka
1/2 tsp distilled water
15 drops lemon oil
10 drops grapefruit oil
10 drops lemongrass oil
2 drops benzoin oil
3 drops cedarwood oil
5 drops neroli oil
5 drops cypress oil
10 drops verbena oil (use with caution if at all)

Place all of the ingredients in a dark glass bottle and shake well. Store the perfume in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks to allow it to develop. Turn the bottle upside down occasionally as the perfume steeps.

Teresa's Wood Polish
From Essential Oil Recipes

4 fl oz / 120 mls olive oil
1/2 tsp of lemon essential oil

Mix in a small bottle, apply with a soft cloth and buff to shin. Olive oil feeds the wood and the lemon gives a fresh smell.

Germ Fighter Spray
From Craft Gossip
Here is an antiseptic, germ fighting spray to use on cuts and scrapes. May also be used as a room spray.

12 drops tea tree essential oil
6 drops eucalyptus unrectified essential oil
6 drops lemon essential oil
2 oz / 60 mls distilled water

Combine ingredients and add to spray bottle. Shake gently before use.

Microwave Cleaner
From Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips

1/4 cup baking soda
1 tsp vinegar
6 drops lemon essential oil

Mix ingredients to make a paste. Apply to interior of microwave with a sponge. Rinse and leave door open to dry for 15 minutes. Wash the glass turntable by hand. This recipe will get rid of food odors...great for getting rid of that popcorn smell.


Marion said...

I didn't know much of the material in this post. I've never thought of Lemon Oil, although I use fresh lemons in deodorizing and cleansing. There's some terrific recipes here...thanks so much, Jackie, for posting some of the great uses for lemon oil. xo

pencarianlemakminyak said...

Hi, Jackie . In my country, Indonesia, lemon skin (peel?) is very popular for addition ingredient to sauce. Lemon aroma also become favorite base note in perfume in my country. By the way, I also want to share some information about essential oils from my homeland, Indonesia, at:
Thanks for your interesting blog.