It’s amazing how much Lemon Essential Oil can do! Here are 17 uses that you’ll be surprised about too! Who knew it can sanitize, deodorize, clean, freshen and detoxify so well.
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The more I learn about essential oils, the more I love them! After looking into the uses for lemon essential oil, I found it’s pretty amazing how diverse the benefits really are. It’s so concentrated. Did you know it takes 75 lemons to make one bottle of oil? The only ingredient is Lemon (Citrus limon) peel oil. Pure and simple.
Lemon water has always been one of my favorite things to drink for detoxification, but there really is so much more around the house this amazing little oil is good for – I’m learning lemon essential oil can take the place of many other chemically products.
As I began writing this, I started coming down with a nasty cold, you know that achy feeling and the scratchy throat. Well, I decided to try lemon essential oil on the back of my neck so I could support my immune system naturally. It helped! The cold was gone before this post was published. My husband is now a believer in the many benefits of oils, especially for health and wellness.
Here are 17 Amazing Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil
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Around the House
- Smelly clothes – In case you leave your laundry sitting in the washer too long, just add a few drops of lemon essential oil to the next wash and your clothes won’t get that yucky, mildewy smell.
- Laundry – Adding a few drops of lemon oil to the final rinse cycle will leave clothes smelling fresh and clean.
- Natural Disinfectant – Want to avoid using harsh chemicals and bleach to disinfect your countertops and clean your shower? Add 20 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 16-oz spray bottle fill with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar) for a natural cleaning favorite.
- Air Freshener – A few drops of lemon essential oil added to a spray bottle filled with water makes an all-natural air freshener. Better yet, add 5 drops to a diffuser and let the wonderful clean scent freshen the air.
- Remove Odors – A drop or two will remove odors. For instance, you can put lemon oil on a cotton ball and stuff into smelly shoes or add a few drops to your garbage can.
- Stain Remover – A few drops of lemon essential oil takes out stains – even tough grease.
Health + Wellness
- Promotes Fat-Loss – Putting a couple of drops of lemon oil in your water several times a day can support metabolism and weight loss. Plus it tastes refreshing.
- Improves Mood – Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift your mood and fight depression. So great to have during the dreary winter months.
- Immune Support – Lemon oil can support lymphatic drainage and help you overcome a cold fast. Mix it with coconut oil and rub it on the back of your neck.
- Soothe Sore Throat: Add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to hot tea, or drink it with warm water and honey to help relieve a sore throat.
- Allergies & Hay Fever: Apply a drop of lemon oil behind the ear or under the nose 2-3 times a day to help fight seasonal allergies. You can also apply to the bottoms of your feet.
- Face Wash – You can improve your complexion and leave your skin feeling soft and supple by using lemon essential oil. To make a face wash – Mix a couple of drops of lemon oil into filtered water. Use a cotton ball soaked in the solution to apply.
- Acne – Mix a couple of drops of lemon oil into a 1/4 cup of coconut oil and massage into the affected area.
- Bad Breath: Place 4 drops of lemon oil in 4 ounces of warm water and gargle to get rid of bad breath.
- Skin Brightener – Brighten a dull complexion by adding a drop of lemon oil to your daily moisturizer. Be sure to apply sunscreen since lemon oil (and all citrus oils, really) increase photosensitivity.
- Mosquito Repellent – Mix lemon oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil) and run over your skin to repel mosquitos who dislike the smell.
- Pets – did you know you can use essential oils on pets? You can, but animals are more sensitive to essential oils than humans, so dilute heavily and watch your pet carefully to observe their reaction. Cats are generally averse to citrus oils, though. Here is a quick how-to guide for using essential oils on your pets.
Things to be Cautious About
Lemon oil can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. So, if you apply lemon oil to your skin, stay out of direct sunlight for at least 8 hours and definitely use a sunscreen before heading outside.
Also note that although lemon essential oil is non-toxic, some people will find that it can cause skin irritation. This is true of any essential oil. Do a test on your skin in an inconspicuous area before use. If sensitivity does occur, or if you are concerned, dilute the lemon oil in a carrier oil such as coconut oil or another carrier oil of choice.
Lemon essential oil has such a clean and refreshing smell, I use it year-round just for the wonderful, uplifting scent. How do you use lemon essential oil in your home?