The cheerful and nostalgic scent of Lemon Essential Oil makes it one of the best known and favourite essential oils for use in the home. Add to that the impressive disinfectant, antiseptic and astringent properties, and Lemon Essential Oil becomes an invaluable addition to your household.
Lemon Essential Oil also known by its botanical name, Citrus limonum, is cold-pressed from the rind or peel of the fruit and is most commonly grown in Australia and Italy. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in cleaning, health, and skin care applications.
1. Cleaning with Lemon Essential Oil
Make powerful disinfectant cleaning sprays and soaps with the addition of pure Lemon Essential Oil.
Lemon Cleaning Spray
Lemon Essential Oil gives a beautiful streak-free shine to surfaces and leaves the most delightful scent. Simply add 1ml of Lemon Essential Oil in a bottle filled with water, shake well and spray onto tiled walls, glass, timber furniture, metal surfaces, and benchtops.
Sanitise the Air
The vapours from Lemon Essential Oil gently dispersing from a vaporiser can naturally deodorise and sanitise the air. Add 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a vaporiser to disinfect and improve the air quality in your home.
Lemon Liquid Soap
DIY your own Lemon Liquid Soap by adding 1ml to 200ml non scented liquid soap to make an antiseptic hand wash.
2. Health & Wellbeing
Lemon Essential Oil has a natural vitality that can be used to benefit and support your physical health and mental wellbeing.
Boost your natural immunity
Use the antiseptic properties in Lemon Essential Oil to boost your immunity and relieve cold and flu symptoms. Place 1ml of Lemon Essential Oil in a bowl of hot water, drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl, gently breathing in the vapours for 5-10 minutes. The vapours will access and help to clear nasal passages and the respiratory system. A word of warning, do not inhale the oil directly without dilution.
Lift your mood
The cheerful scent of Lemon Essential Oil is incredibly uplifting. Place 5 drops in a vaporiser or 3 drops on a tissue and gently inhale. This works well for clearing the mind, supporting concentration, easing feelings of frustration and sadness, easing fatigue and overall promoting a sense of wellbeing.
It is important to note that Lemon Essential Oil can be a skin irritant to sensitive skin and may increase sensitivity to sunlight. The safe way to use Lemon Essential Oil in skincare is to always use it diluted in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil or another base.
The well known astringent qualities of Lemon Essential Oil make it a desirable addition to alleviate dandruff as it works to help remove dandruff and leaves the hair shiny. Use your regular or unscented shampoo as a base and add about 10 drops of the oil to around 200ml of shampoo. Apply to hair and leave for 5 minutes. Condition, rinse, and style as usual.
The astringent qualities of Lemon Essential Oil can act as a toning agent to help reduce or balance the amount of oil production in the skin. Using a simple cleanser as a base add just 1 drop to your cleansing routine.
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