How to use Lemon Essential oil

Lemon essential oil is fresh and citrusy & can promote clarity of mind.

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Zesty and invigorating the fresh citrus scent of Lemon essential oil can lift your spirits and clear the air leaving a clean fresh fragrance. 

Lemon essential oil extracted by cold pressing Lemon rinds. The antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial and antioxidant qualities of Lemon EO make it useful for skin and hair maintenance and it can also be utilised around the home to help keep your environment free from germs.

Used in an aromatherapy massage, Lemon essential oil is given credit for energising, invigorating and promoting clarity of mind.

If there is no one on hand to give you a massage simply diffusing the oil or inhale the sweet citrus aroma via your cupped palms for an instant mental pick me up.

Where have I smelt Lemon before?

Lemon oil is a widely used fragrance and one which most people will be familiar with. It is used extensively in cleaning, skincare and cosmetic products.

Lemon tea

It is a smell that you may come into contact with on a daily basis, from it’s use in common well known household cleaners to its use in flavouring soft drinks, teas and liqueurs.

What can I do with Lemon essential oil?

Lemon essential oil for skin
Revive dull skin by incorporating Lemon essential oil into your skin care regime. The high citric acid content of the oil helps to even out pigmentation.

To get the full benefits use as a treatment alongside a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and by drinking plenty of water.

drinking water with lemon is great for skin

Adding a slice of fresh lemon to your water intake throughout the day will allow you to reap the benefits of lemons both internally and externally. 

Create a homemade Lemon oil toner by mixing lemon essential oil in a spray bottle with water. Shake well and spray onto a cotton pad. Gently wipe your skin to utilise Lemon EO’s antibacterial qualities to remove oils and impurities.

add lemon essential oil to your face cream to brighten skin

Follow up with your usual moisturiser, which you can add a couple of drops of Lemon EO to for a full Lemon facial experience. We recommend using Lemon EO on your face as part of your night time routine as it can cause photosensitivity.

What is Photosensitivity?
If you were to go out in the sun with Lemon oil on your face or skin, the sun could react with the oil and cause photosensitivity. Photosensitivity could cause patches of what looks like sunburn to appear.

How to use Lemon oil to lighten skin
A combination of Lemon essential oil and a carrier oil can also be used to lighten dark patches, for example on your elbows. Dilute 10mls of your base oil with 4 drops of Lemon EO. This solution can be applied regularly to dark patches, scarring or where you have hyperpigmentation.

Lemon EO as a skin sanitiser
Lemon is also a great sanitiser so use diluted on your hands when they need freshening up, particularly if you have been cooking and have strong smells on your skin such as the smell of garlic or onions.

How to use Lemon essential oil for household chores.

Use Lemon essential oil to clean your home

Lemon essential oil to freshen Laundry
Adding 10-20 drops into the fabric conditioner drawer of your washing machine will leave clothes smelling fresh. Alternatively add 5 drops to a piece of old cloth and place in the tumble dryer to give linen a crisp clean fragrance.

How to use Lemon essential oil as an antibacterial spray
In a spray bottle combine Lemon oil with water and vinegar to create an antibacterial surface cleaner.

The great thing about Lemon oil is that it has natural lightening properties so you can use this cleaner to whiten tiles, sinks or any areas that would benefit from a brightening treatment within your home. 

Lemon EO to remove sticky residues
If you need an effective way to remove sticky residues from surfaces boil a small amount of water add some Lemon essential oil and add a drop of washing up liquid.

Dip a cloth into the solution and work into the residue you want to remove. Once you have removed the marks buff to a shine with a clean cloth with a couple of drops of neat Lemon EO.

This works wonders on glass, mirrors and shower doors however spot check first if you want to use this solution on polished areas that may be damaged by the acidic properties of Lemon oil. 

Lemon oil for unpleasant odours
Freshen up areas that are liable to attract bacteria and create unpleasant aromas by dropping the oil onto a cotton ball and placing in your bathroom bin, laundry basket or inside the chamber of your vacuum cleaner.

Prolong the life of your car air freshener by dropping Lemon EO on it to give it a new lease of life. 

Lemon essential oil for nail care
For a thrifty way to cut down the cost of manicures opt for your own homemade cuticle oil rather than succumbing to a high priced alternative.

use essential oils to moisturise cuticles

Lemons have been used throughout time to reduce stains and for their whitening properties and your nails are an area that can really benefit from this.

Mix your carrier with a few drops of Lemon EO and massage into your cuticles on a regular basis.

Making up a batch of carrier and Lemon oil to keep by your bed can be reminder to put this on before sleeping, allowing the treatment to work its magic while you sleep.

Lemon essential oil for hair
You can add Lemon EO to your hair routine by adding it to your regular hair products, but if you want to work towards being less reliant on chemically infused mass produced hair products use Lemon oil as part of a no shampoo (aka no poo) challenge and ditch harsh shampoos that strip your natural hair oils altogether.

By using a combination of Lemon EO, bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar you can end your reliance on chemical laden shampoos and experience a life of glorious tresses.

The no poo challenge is not for the faint hearted, however a google search will show there are plenty of people who have done this and rave about the results, (despite having to have gone through a bit of a greasy smelly stage before revealing their crowning glories).

Lemon essential oil is a good oil to use for hair as it can help with controlling dandruff and adding shine.

If ‘no poo’ is a step too far for you, make a warm oil treatment with Lemon EO and try a deep conditioning treatment instead. You hair will smell fresh and look healthy and clean.

Lemon essential oil blends well with
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Peppermint, Rose and Tea Tree.

Lemon essential oil recipes

Lemon essential oil diffuser blend
Combine 5 drops of Lemon EO with 2 drops of Peppermint and 2 drops of Tea Tree for a mind tingling invigorating diffuser blend. 

Lemon essential oil household cleaner
Fill a spray bottle with 50% water, 50% white vinegar and 20 drops of Lemon essential oil to make a quick, economic disinfectant that will kill germs while gently caring for your families environment.

Lemon essential oil safety

Lemon oil is for external use only. Always dilute before topical application. Use caution if applying before sun exposure as Lemon EO can create phototoxic sensitivity.

Keep out of the reach of children and seek medical advice before use if pregnant or nursing.