Mediterranean plant lemon has always been considered one of the healthiest, and was used for various difficulties. Throughout the history, lemon was used during long voyages, in order to prevent scurvy. Today it is a well-known fact that lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C. It is used as lemonade or addition to tea, cooking (for salty and sweet dishes alike), and we shouldn’t neglect its role in ecological cleaning.
Essential oil is cold-pressed from the fruits peel. When you cut through the peel of lemon, you can sense a refreshing smell and see small points of liquid – the essential oil.
Lemon oil can be used for various purposes and should definitely be a part of your aromatherapeutic home pharmacy. Utilise it for air refreshing and purification, for broken capillaries, cellulite, detoxification, slow digestion, greasy skin, fragile nails, stress and nervousness, as well as in cooking.
I will shortly explain how to use lemon oil.
Air refreshing and purification
Lemon oil has a very pleasant, refreshing scent (we are all familiar with it) and it is especially popular with children. Due to its antiseptic properties it is very useful as a prevention method during winter (in that case use it alone, or in a combination with other essential oils like tea-tree, cajeput, howood or similar).
Lemon also energises without excitation which implies it can be used during times of stress, fatigue, depression or lack of concentration. An excellent choice for aromatising your work space!
For best results and effects of dispersed lemon oil use diffusers that work on “cold principle” (which don’t heat up the oil). It can be an ultrasonic diffuser, nebulizing diffuser, fan diffuser…as long it does not destroy the oils properties through heat.
Fragile and broken capillaries
Lemon oil, together with other essential oils of similar effect (lavandin abrial, carrot seed, helichrysum..), firms the capillaries and prevents further breakage. A good way to use the essential oils is diluted in hazelnut vegetable oil, since this oil stimulates micro-circulation. Depending on the affected areas (face or the rest of the body, such as legs), the concentration of essential oils is between 3 and 10%. The mixture needs to be used regularly, 2-3 times a day. Ideally, start using it immediately when you notice the first sign of broken capillaries.
Recipe for the mixture – to be used on legs
30 drops essential oil lemon (Citrus limonum)
20 drops essential oil lavandin abrial (Lavandula hybrida)
10 drops essential oil carrot seed (Daucus carota)
up to 30mL vegetable oil hazelnut (Coryllus avellana)
Store the mixture in dark glass bottle, away from the heat or light.
The mixture is phototoxic, it should not be used prior to exposure to sun.
Fragile and brittle nails
Add 2% of essential oil lemon in a nourishing vegetable oil such as jojoba, hemp seed, almond or olive oil (that’s approximately 4 drops of lemon in 10mL of vegetable oil). Apply the mixture on your nails once a day and massage each nail separately.
The nails will harden, and be brighter and shinier.
Lemon oil not only firms the capillaries and improves circulation (note: it is a standard oil in an aromatherapeutic recipe for anti-cellulite mixtures), it also works well on oily and problematic skin. It can be also used for treatment of herpes, boils and hyperpigmentation (liver spots).
Body care oil mixtures with essential oil lemon lift up the energy, refresh and have a very pleasing scent.
Take into account lemon oils is phototoxic and use it dermally with precaution. Sun exposure should be avoided after application of lemon oil, and the content of oil should not exceed 2%.
Useful mixture for greasy skin would be:
10 drops essential oil lemon (Citrus limonum)
4 drops essential oil howood (Cinnamomum camphora CT linalol)
4 drops essential oil spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
up to 30mL vegetable oil hazelnut (Coryllus avellana).
Detoxification and sluggish digestion
Lemon is an excellent liver cleanser, and at the same time it improves digestion and regulates the metabolism.
In such case the oil is taken orally.
Oral consumption of essential oils is always a sensitive subject, still debated and often frowned-upon. But, in the case of detoxification there is no other way to use the oil except orally.
The dosage is quite small and it should exceed 6 drops of lemon oil per day (distributed evenly during the day in three portions per two drops), always taken after meal. Of course, this is a suggestion of usage and dosage only for healthy adults.
Always consult your physician before ingesting essential oils.
Lemon essential oil can replace lemon zest in preparation of desserts. Also it can be used in salty dishes for an exotic touch and for vegetable oil aromatising.
It is very important to abide by two rules: always use only high quality, pure lemon oil and dose it with care (“less is more” is definitely a golden standard).
Together with essential oil, do not forget the values of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Daily consumption of lemon juice in water improves the digestion, stimulates the immunity and alkalises the organism.