Lemon Essential Oil Uses
Here is a little piece about lemon essential oil and its uses for all of us who are starting to miss the sun. We’ll be changing the clocks again before we know it so try to hang in there! This is one of my favorite oils-it cheers me up just to smell it, that’s how good it is! YUM!
Lemon essential oil is a powerhouse that is cold pressed from lemon rinds to preserve its delicate nature and potent properties. Its sweet, sharp, clear citrusy fragrance is invigorating, mood enhancing, warming, and detoxifying. The healing properties of doTerra’s lemon essential oil include anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, mild diuretic, immune tonic, lymphatic decongestant, and pancreatic stimulant.
Lemon essential oil has been documented to be helpful with: anxiety, blood pressure, clarity of thought, digestive problems, energy, gallstones, kidney stones, promoting new blood cell growth, lymphatic system cleansing, memory improvement, can lower blood pressure, assist in liver detox, and relief of muscle aches and pains, cleansing and repair of skin injuries, decreases intestinal parasites, sore throat and sinus repair, pain relief of arthritis and rheumatism, water purification, removing gum from hair, and removes oil and grease spots.
Due to its ability to improve microcirculation, lemon oil can support repair from: arteriosclerosis, obesity, urinary tract infections, varicose veins, hypertension, relief of lymphatic congestion, bloating, and can relax stiff muscles. Lemon oil balances overactive sebaceous glands that lead to oily or blemished skin, helps clear acne, and controls oily hair and dandruff. It revitalizes sluggish or mature skin and helps reduce cellulite by improving circulation and encouraging the elimination of wastes. Lemon oil encourages the exfoliation of dead skin and enlivens the complexion. It can work well to bleach (make lighter) spots on the skin with consistent treatment (on face or neck, please dilute 1 drop lemon to 2 drops of coconut oil). It tightens tired or aging skin. Warning: Lemon oil may be irritating to sensitive skin. It may also promote photosensitivity, leading to sunburn or uneven darkening of the skin.
Long-term treatment with lemon oil reduces broken capillaries and varicose veins, softens scar tissue and minimizes warts and corns. Lemon oil can also strengthen brittle nails.
Lemon essential oil has the ability to counteract acidity which makes it useful in treating rheumatic conditions, gout, arthritis and digestive acidity. Use in canteens to keep water fresh, avoid mold, and keep slime from developing. It has been proven effective against food poisoning, malaria, typhoid, and scurvy. It can also work as a natural antihistamine.
In France, physicians treat disorders such as diabetes, gonorrhea, high blood pressure, malaria, syphilis, tuberculosis, and typhoid with lemon oil. It fights the infection of bronchitis, coughs (a few drops in mouth work quickly), and sore throats, and relieves the discomfort of colds, fevers, and the flu. It can also prevent most asthma attacks (rub on the throat and chest and inhale to calm the tightness of the chest and open the capillaries so the lungs can process oxygen).
Because lemon oil can kill bacteria and other germs in minutes, many European hospitals use it to sanitize hospital rooms and kill airborne germs. It enhances immunity by stimulating white blood cell production and improving the body’s ability to combat infection. It can be helpful with Chronic Fatigue syndrome and a sluggish lymph system. Lemon oil encourages the elimination of wastes, reduces constipation, and eases arthritis. It tones the heart, kidneys, liver, and pancreas.
Lemon oil can stop the bleeding of cuts, wounds, shaving nicks, nosebleeds and bleeding gums from gingivitis or tooth extractions. It helps diminish the pain of cold sores, herpes, and mouth ulcers.
Note on Cancer: The anti-cancer properties of limonene and citrus essential oils have been studied at over 50 universities and hospitals worldwide, including:
Johns Hopkins University, USA
University of Arizona, Tucson (Liver)
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA (Lung)
University of Texas, Houston, TX USA
Purdue University, Indiana USA (Breast)
Institute Henri Beaufour, France (Lung)**
Suggestion for prevention of cervical, prostrate, breast and some forms of skin cancer***: eat your 5 fruits and vegetables each day, drink your water (1/2 of your weight in oz. of water daily). Blend of Lemon 5 drops, Sandalwood 3 drops, Frankincense 3 drops, Thyme 2 drops, Vetiver 2 drops, Peppermint 4 drops. Mix oils gently in a bottle and apply to the bottoms of your feet once a week during stressful times or when preparing for surgery or recovering from surgery or major loss. If you have fragile or sensitive skin on the bottoms of your feet you can add coconut oil.*
To Pep Up: use Lemon Oil on the inside of your forearms 2-3 drops and rub the arms together and inhale.
Simple Detox: Put Lemon Oil in your water – use glass or stainless steel – 1-2 drops in 8-12 oz. –cleans some toxins out of the water and will energize and detox you.
Diffuse Lemon oil on a regular basis to: Eliminate viruses and bacteria that are unfriendly and infectious in nature in the atmosphere of your home or office. Mental clarity is enhanced by simply breathing in lemon oil that has been diffused. Toxic triggers for asthma can be eliminated from the air. Molds can be eliminated from the air space.
Edges of food preparation areas: use Lemon oil with a spritzer head to clean the areas where food is cut, cleaned and prepared for cooking; be sure to rub the sides and undersides of these areas because sometimes blood or fish or chicken rinsing leftovers will seep over the sides and hide underneath and breed unfriendly bacteria. Spritz directly and wipe down after each use.
Combs, Clips and Brushes for the Hair: Glass container or stainless steel: use 1/3 teaspoon of epsom salts and 4 drops of lemon oil then add 16 oz. of water and soak the items for at least 10 minutes. Then rinse off and use. Do not soak overnight as the oil will help the polymer elements of the combs and brushes dissolve or weaken the bristles of polymer (plastic) brushes.
Emotionally and psychologically, lemon oil is radiant, uplifting, reviving and stimulating. It helps to prevent emotional outbursts and assists in making decisions. Lemon helps spring-clean the mind, bringing clarity and shedding light when the mind has become foggy and confused and assists in recall. It can subdue aggressive behavior, fights depression, eases fear, strengthens resolve, and assists in communication and decision making. Lemon inspires trust and a sense of security; it relieves confusion and worry. It can help you overcome obstacles and provide a clearer perspective. Useful in meditation for clearing the mind, lemon also opens the heart. It purifies and promotes spirituality.
Real estate agents report that by diffusing lemon oil for 15 minutes before showing an open house that viewers seem very relaxed and interested in asking questions. Accountants report that when reviewing tax returns with clients in the conference room where lemon oil has been diffused the clients are calmer and more receptive to suggestions on how to change their money management than before using diffuser.
I use lemon essential oil every day, and at the risk of repeating myself, it is one of my very favorites. It cheers me up just by smelling it. I also rub in on my legs to help fade spider veins-I use it in combination with helichrysum and cypress oils and it does very well. In a nutshell, I would highly recommend this oil to anyone who wanted to try it.
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* NOTE: The advice shared in this document has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help. Kindly understand that essential oils work to help to bring the body into balance – thus helping the body’s natural defenses to restore homeostasis. Essential oils are not used to “treat” medical problems.