There is no disputing the long list of wonderful uses lemon oil can provide!

With its refreshing and revitalizing aroma, this essential oil can be used in a wide variety of ways, ranging from exotic cuisines to delicate fragrances, personal hygiene as well as a plethora of medicinal applications.

In a study conducted at a university in Japan, various oils were diffused into an office, among them was lemon oil. When the lemon scent was diffused they found that 54% fewer errors were made and when diffused in test-taking areas it showed the increase of test scores by up to 50%!

The diffusion of lemon oil is now commonly used in Japanese banks to decrease worker-error.

The Lemon tree was brought to Europe by the Crusaders in The Middle Ages as the fruit has a highly concentrated vitamin C content and because of this, sailors in The Royal Navy were given 30mls a day to combat and prevent scurvy and other vitamin deficiencies.

Where Does Lemon Oil Come From?

The lemon tree (Citrus Limonum) is a member of the Rutaceae family whose fruit bares a distinctively zesty aroma and flavour.
Derived from the Arabic ‘laimun’ or the Persian ‘limun’, lemon oil is extracted from the fresh fruit peel by means of cold expression and it is estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of oil!

Therapeutic Uses:

  • It helps to cut down on acidity in the body, thereby, assisting in digestion
  • It is helpful for arthritis and rheumatism
  • It is very beneficial to the circulatory system therefore assisting in the appearance of cellulite.
  • It helps ease the pain from abscesses, boils and insect bites
  • It reduces oil production therefore helps in clearing acne, cleaning greasy skin and hair
  • It plays a part in reducing blood pressure and helping with nosebleeds
  • It can help bring down fever; helps relieve throat infections, bronchitis, asthma and flu.
  • It boosts the immune system and cleanses the body in a detoxifying way.
  • Lemon oil soothes and relieves headaches and migraines
  • Corns, calluses and bunions.

Health Uses:

  • For general aches and pains including muscle pains, abdominal pains and the reduction of chest congestion fill a bowl with hot water and add 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil.
    Dip a bath cloth into the water and ring out.
    Place it over the affected area until it has cooled. Repeat 2-3 times.
  • Lemon oils’ diuretic properties help to increase circulation in body cells which in turn helps to reduce cellulite and maintain healthy skin tone. Add 2-3 drops to your body lotion and massage into affected areas. Continuous use produces the best results.
  • For eczema or extremely dry skin, blend 10 drops of lemon essential oil (preferably in a dark bottle) with 30ml of a carrier oil suited to dry skin such as grape-seed oil or almond oil.
    Allow this mixture to fuse for 3 days and use morning and night for effective relief.

Home Uses

  • Lemon oil restores natural wood oils plus it adds an invigorating scent and sheen. With a soft cloth rub lemon oil over wooden furniture.
  • For a sanitizing and cleansing solution, add 3-4 drops of lemon oil to a spray bottle filled with water. For added antibacterial benefits, add 3-4 drops of tea tree oil.
  • Try adding 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to a cotton ball or two and placing them in the back of your fridge to get rid of bad odors.

Awesome Tip: This is a god send for all those mommies out there!
Use 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to remove gum, grease, oil, crayon or tar from hair, furniture and clothes.

Caution: Lemon essential oil is photo sensitizing. Do not expose the skin to direct sunlight for 24-72 hours after application. Because essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances don’t use undiluted on the skin.

Disclaimer: We are not medically trained in any way, if you suffer from a medical condition, please consult your doctor or homeopath.


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

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