Lemon oil is made from the yellow peeling of the lemon. The peelings are cold processed and are not steam distilled like most essential oils.
The peelings are squeezed under just the right amount of pressure to release the oil without damaging or altering its complex chemical profile. It takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of high quality oil. The lemon fruit is not used in this process just the peeling.
The active ingredient in the lemon peel is called d-limonene. This powerful natural ingredient is effective in breaking down the hydrocarbons found in grease and oil. This is why lemon is added to many cleaning products.
D-limonene is also beneficial for human health. When the body cannot get rid of toxins (poisons)it encircles and isolates them using adipose (fat) tissue. This may explain in part why some people have a difficult time losing weight. The fatty tissues may be protecting these overweight individuals from high levels of toxicity in their body.
The d-limonene helps break down the adipose tissue and cleanse the body of its unwanted toxins.
The best citrus oil is made in Italy from lemons grown specifically for the quality of their peeling.
Benefits of Lemon Oil
Lift your mood naturally with this citrus oil! It is both invigorating and refreshing.
It helps strengthen your immune system against the common cold and flu. Safe for children to use on a regular basis. This essential oil can be used topically, internally or diffused in the air.
Here is a list of some additional health benefits:
- Mild diuretic
- Lymphatic decongestant
- Stimulates the pancreas
This wonderfully fragrant citrus oil is extremely versatile and has many beneficial uses.
- Helps stop bleeding of cuts and scratches, shaving nicks, nosebleeds and bleeding gums
- Add to your favorite household cleaner to help disinfect surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom
- Use in canteens to prevent mold and slime
- Effective against food poisoning
- Helps remove gum from hair
- Assists in relieving muscle aches and pains
- Reduces constipation
- Relieves pain due to arthritis
- Use to help exfoliate dead skin cells and fight oily skin
- Controls oily hair and dandruff
- Strengthens brittle nails
Enjoy making these delicious and healthy recipes:
Add 1 or 2 drops of lemon oil to your Cool Whip to give it a zesty citrus flavor.
Essential Oil Mouth Wash
- 4 ozs of distilled or purified water
- 2 drops of lemon oil
- 2 drops of clove oil
- 2 drops of peppermint oil
Tangy Guacamole Mix
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons of light mayonnaise
- Salt and pepper (I prefer Himalayan crystal salt)
- 2-3 drops of pure lemon essential oil
Add the mayonnaise to the avocado meat and mix until smooth. Next sale and pepper to taste. Add the lemon oil and remix all the ingredients together. Add this delicious citrus guacamole sauce to taco salad, Mexican tacos or use as a dip with your favorite tortilla chips.
Refreshing Lemon Oil Water
Add 2 drops of lemon oil to a glass of pure water. It is not only refreshing but will help keep you healthy. In the summer add ice cubes for an especially cooling and refreshing hot weather drink.
The only known side affect to using this oil (and other citrus oils) topically on your skin is photo sensitivity or sensitivity to sunlight (even on cloudy days). This can cause a rash on the exposed areas of the skin or your skin may also lighten in color. For that reason it is suggested that if you use any of the citrus oils topically to apply them to your skin at night.
I use this essential oil to help clear nasal congestion by applying a couple of drops around my nose and nostrils. The lemon oil feels like it is burning but the skin does not turn red or become irritated. You can also just take the lid off your bottle and just inhale the wonderful lemon fragrance. It helps to clear my head and lift my mood plus I love the clean, fresh smell.
More and more essential oils are being subjected to medical testing and analysis by health professionals.
- A study by Ohio State Univesity concluded that there was “robust evidence that lemon oil reliably enhances positive mood compared to water and lavender regardless of expectancies or previous use of aromatherapy.”
- A Brazilian study concluded, “…essential oil of C. limon and C. zeylanicum may suppress the growth of Acinetobacter species and could be a source of metabolites with antibacterial modifying activity.
- An English study concluded, “Citrus vapour has potential for application in the clinical environment, for instance as a secondary disinfectant to reduce surface contamination by VRE and MRSA.”
- An Indian study came to this conclusion, “Significant activity of C. sinensis essential oil against larvae and pupae of housefly, pave the way for its use as eco-friendly housefly control measure.
- A 2011 Brazilian study stated “EO (lemon essential oil) possesses a strong antioxidant potential according to the scavenging assays.”
We encourage additional research studies on the health benefits of lemon oil.