There are many uses and benefits of lemon essential oil. It can be used both as a food flavoring and to polish furniture. If you have a spare bottle of lemon oil, you can surely find a good way to use it. This article will provide you some basic information about lemon essential oil, how it can be used and what are its benefits.
Lemon essential oil
Lemon essential oil is yellow, maybe somewhat greenish yellow. It has a very refreshing aroma. It smells similarly to freshly cut lemon, which many people find very energizing. If you'd like to use it in aromatherapy, you should use it within about 10 months from the production date. After that you can still use it in other purposes, e.g. to polish furniture. If you'd like to know, lemon oil is extracted by cold expression. High temperatures would have destroyed that beloved lemon scent. Lemon ethereal oil blends well with many other essential oils. In case you were wondering – there is no vitamin C in lemon volatile oil.
Lemon essential oil uses and benefits
In case you're now familiar with the term aromatherapy – it's, according to Wikipedia, a form of alternative medicine that uses aromatic compounds (essential oils in particular) to change person's mind, mood or health. You should be aware that there is a lack of clinical evidence for efficacy of aromatherapy. That's the main reason why it's still classified as 'alternative medicine'. Nevertheless, many people apply aromatherapy and claim that it's effective. Lemon juice has a few of functions in aromatherapy:
Not all aetherolea (essential oils) smell as great as lemon oil. That makes it a great aroma modifier that one can add to other essential oils. Even though other (medicinal-smelling) oils may have a positive impact on one's health, they often produce negative emotional effect. That makes lemon essential oil especially important because for aromatherapy to be efficient, it should produce also positive (or at least neutral) aesthetic effects. Just take a few deep breaths, smell the beautiful scent of freshly cut lemons and enjoy the moment.
Lemon essential oil is often referred to as the rational oil. It promotes concentration, awareness and helps people see things more clearly. That's especially beneficial for people working behind a desk.
Scent of freshly cut lemon brings freshness and some kind of purity. That promotes effective work and suppresses negative emotions. It also helps you get relaxed and reduces your stress.
Lemon oil is often used for some minor health conditions such as colds, coughs, nasal congestion or even flu.
In the bath or in massage oils
If you would blend some lemon ethereal oil with massage oils or simply pour a few drops in the bath, the oil will serve the same purposes as mentioned above.
Lotions and creams for skin
Lemon essential oil is used to clear skin. It has astringent properties, which are great in treating oily skin conditions. Its antibacterial properties are of a help when it comes to treating cuts and other minor skin wounds. It's also used to reduce wrinkles and brighten dull patches of skin. If you'd like to lighten some dull patches of your skin, you can also try lemon juice.
You should also know that lemon oil is very antiseptic. Because of the antiseptic and astringent properties, you can easily irritate your skin when using lemon essential oil. Because of that, please bear in mind that lemon essential oil must be blended with a carrier oil before applying on your skin. Jojoba essential oil is one the of best known carrier oils. Please remember that dilution shouldn't exceed 5%. There's one more thing that you should know about - lemon oil is photosensitizing. That means that you should avoid sunshine for a few hours after applying it on your skin. If you'll be exposed to sunlight, you skin might suffer or get damaged.
To purify water
If you are not sure that the water is of good quality, you can use lemon essential oil to purify it. You just need to add a few drops to a glass of water, stir it and wait a few minutes. After that time the impurities will come to the top and you'll be able to skim them off using a teaspoon or a paper towel.
To flavor beverages
If you're in need of a refreshing drink, just pour a few drops of lemon essential oil into a glass of water, stir it and you're done. If you'd like the drink to be even more refreshing, you can add some peppermint to it. Enjoy your drink. You can also use this essential oil to flavor tea or boost lemonade's taste a little.
To polish furniture
If there is a lot of dust on your furniture, you should dust it off before polishing. If there are any stains on the furniture, you should also clean them off beforehand. Now your wooden furniture is ready to be polished. Take a dry cloth, apply some lemon essential oil on it and wipe the furniture until you're satisfied with the results you get. It should look glossy and shiny. Lemon oil also adds its refreshing scent.
You can also use lemon essential oil in conjunction with mineral oil to polish furniture. One teaspoon of lemon volatile oil mixed with one cup of mineral oil make a great solution used to polish furniture.
To remove sticky substances from various surfaces
If you're looking for an efficient way to remove sticky substances like gum or sticky glue from different surfaces, or even from your skin, you found it. You can use lemon essential oil to efficiently get rid of that substances. Just a few drops of this volatile oil should do the trick.
As you can see, there are numerous areas in life where lemon ethereal oil is used. If you have a few spare bottles, you should now have some ideas of how you can use them to your benefit. I hope that I've convinced you that there are many uses and benefits of lemon essential oil.