Lemon essential oil is extracted by cold pressing the fresh green peel or rind of citrus limonum or citrus limon fruits. Lemon oil is used in aromatherapy, colognes, fragrances, furniture polish, detergents, skin care and hair care products such as hand lotions, shampoos and shaving oil. It is also used for flavoring with the terpenes removed.
One of the constituents of lemon oil is d-limonene and it is the chemical that produces the lemon-orange fragrance. Animal and in vitro studies indicate that limonene has anti inflammatory and anti cancer properties. It has the potential to fight against prostate cancer cells and as a treatment for gastroesophageal reflux namely heartburn and GERD.
Lemon essential oil also contains citral and linalool. Various studies have shown that these two compounds produce antimicrobial, antioxidant and antiviral activities. There are many other chemical compounds and other therapeutic properties of lemon oil which include antiseptic, carminative, antidepressant, antifungal, antirheumatic and diuretic actions.
When used as massage oil, direct inhalation, vaporization or in the bath, lemon essential oil helps soothe and refreshes the body and mind. You can use it as a remedy for mental and physical fatigue, loss of concentration or focus and emotional issues.
Use lemon oil as a natural cleaning agent and disinfectant. Mix 3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle and use to clean and sanitize your home. You may also add vinegar to the mix. It's helpful in removing glue, grease, oil and stains.
Lemon oil helps mask odor and makes a good air freshener. Use it as a mist spray in your home and carpet deodorizer. Add 2 drops to a cotton ball and place it in your refrigerator to eliminate odor.
Lemon oil is phototoxic because of the presence of coumarins and furocoumarins. When using pure lemon oil on your skin, always dilute it or blend with any carrier oil such as almond oil, grape seed oil, jojoba oil or add it to a neutral skin care product or aloe vera. It is wise to avoid sunlight.
Adding 1 drop of lemon oil with distilled water, jojoba oil, olive oil or aloe vera may help minimize oil production and control blemishes. It is a great remedy for treating acne. You may also want to try using rubbing or massaging lemon oil to remove cellulite and soothe corns and calluses.
Lemon oil may help stimulate the digestive system and prevent constipation, heartburn and indigestion. To take it internally add a drop or two to your beverage or use a few drops to marinate your chicken.