The Versatile & Many Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil
Besides peppermint, cedarwood, and frankincense, one of my favorite essential oils is lemon. This is because the benefits of lemon essential oil are so versatile, cost-effective, and portable!
Here are a few fun facts. Did you know that it takes 75 lemons to make one 15 ml bottle of Young Living’s lemon essential oil!? Furthermore, 3,000 lemons are needed in order to produce 1 kilo of oil!
Lemon oil is cold pressed from the rind of the lemon. The oil itself contains high amounts of the monoterpene constituent, limonene, which I highlighted in my blog on Palo Santo. Studies have supported the use of limonene for digestive health, healthy blood lipid levels, and immune modulation.
As a citrus oil, lemon can also be very calming, which is important with the stress of a new school year. Sometimes, when little ones would come into my office for their first wellness visit, I’d diffuse lemon and lavender. This way, I would use their sense of smell to provide calming feedback to the nervous system and to assist with relaxation.
Lemon can also be used as a safe and non-toxic household cleaner.
Lemon oil can also be used to:
- reduce environmental organisms and unpleasant smells
- as a natural stain remover on clothes (remind me to tell you about my 100% dark chocolate bar story and my white blouse)
- support healthy cellular function
- removing gum and sticky labels from surfaces!
- it can be diluted in a carrier oil as a natural wood cleaner
- it can be used in water (1 drop per 8-16 oz.) to support immune health and wellness.
Did you know just a few drops of oil could do so much?
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and quality and standardized. There is no quality control in the United States and oils labeled as “100% pure” needs only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. This information is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime.