Lemon oil is sometimes referred to as “Liquid Sunshine”, and for good reason. It smells like sunshine in a bottle. It is versatile, with a well-established history for its use. It’s an aromatic powerhouse, useful for everything from cleansing and purifying surfaces to promoting a more positive mood and cognitive ability, while supporting healthy respiratory function.
Originating in China, the Citrus limon tree, and its fruit, quickly spread throughout all the ancient world. It was established in the New World in the 1400s, arriving with Columbus. (Today, Italy is still one of the best sources for lemon oil; our lemon oil is sourced from Sicily.) The fruit has long been associated with freshness and cleanliness; and now, many products are advertised as “lemon scented” to entice buyers.
Lemon oil, as with most citrus oil, is not steam distilled, as are most other essential oils; instead, it is cold pressed (expressed) from the rinds (peels) of the Citrus limon fruit, yielding an oil with a clean, bright, fresh, citrus aroma, high in the chemical compounds of d-Limonene and α- and β-pinenes. Cold pressing preserves lemon oil’s delicate nature and potent properties.
Like all pure essential oils, lemon has a complete chemical profile, just as it did in nature. Among its chemical constiuents, one of the most impressive is d-limonene, which has been extensively researched for its antioxidant benefits, in helping to ward off free radical damage to the cells. (All citrus oils contain limonene, as a major component of their chemical structure.)
Today, lemon — as are citrus oils, in general — is widely accepted; and FDA has approved it for ingestion. When added to water, lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost, throughout the day. It can also be added to food, to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Due to its high limonene content, lemon is a powerful antioxidant, that can help ward off free radicals. Taken internally, it provides cleansing and digestive benefits, can soothe an irritated throat, and supports healthy respiratory function, to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
Primary benefits of lemon oil
- Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
- Naturally cleanses the body
- Aids in digestion
- Supports healthy respiratory function
- Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
- Helps ward off free radicals, with its antioxidant benefits
- Soothes irritated throat
Uses for lemon oil
- Diffuse, and take internally, to support healthy respiratory function.
- Add lemon oil to a spray bottle of water, to cleanse and purify tables, counter tops and other surfaces.
- Use as a great furniture polish. Simply add a few drops to olive oil, to clean, protect and shine wood finishes.
- Use a cloth, soaked in lemon oil, to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
- Use on silver, and other metals, as a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish.
- Mix 6 drops of lemon oil and 6 drops of the Cleansing oil blend in a spray bottle, along with distilled water, shake well to disperse the oils and spray into the air, to help freshen the air in the bathroom.
- To remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon, rub with 1-2 drops of lemon oil.
- Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
- For homemade lemonade, mix 2 drops of lemon oil with 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water in a blender. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
- To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water. If you have an apple, and only want to eat half of it at that time, you can also put a drop of lemon oil on the part you want to save. It will prevent oxidation (browning) of the fruit, and adds a really nice flavor to the apple.
- To cleanse and purify cutting boards, counter tops, cupboards and table tops, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to water and spray them.
- To cleanse and purify your dishcloth, soak it overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of lemon oil.
- Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher, before the wash cycle.
- Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands, after using a public bathroom.
- Use a paper towel, soaked with several drops of lemon oil, to cleanse and purify bathroom fixtures.
- Rub a drop of lemon oil to cleanse and purify a butcher’s block, or other cutting surfaces.
- Put 10-15 drops of lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room. Mixing several drops of lemon oil into baking soda, and sprinkling it over the carpet before vacuuming is also very effective.
How to use
Lemon oil is intended for aromatic, topical or dietary use. It is gentle enough to be used neat.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. One of the easiest ways to receive lemon oil‘s remarkable properties is aromatically, through diffusion or direct inhalation.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid, like to a glass of water, for a quick energizing boost.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area, like to the bottom of the feet. While gentle enough to be used neat, dilution with carrier oil will help to minimize any possible skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.