Lemon essential oil is a really good choice for people who are just beginning to explore the wonders of aromatherapy. That’s because it’s widely available. Since it’s not a precious oil, there’s little risk in trying it, to see if you like it. However, I can’t imagine anyone not liking this invigorating citrus smell.
Citrus oils, in particular, are often used for their mood-elevating properties. Lemon oil is no different. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this oil is to put a drop or two on a cloth and keep it by my workstation.
In addition to being a potential depression banisher, lemon oil can also seems to help with focus and concentration. One study conducted in Japan found that the smell of lemon oil, when diffused throughout an office, resulted in a reduction in the rate of typing errors, according to information furnished by Aura Cacia, an essential oil industry leader.
Lemon Oil Uses and Benefits
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Lemon essential oil also contains antimicrobial compounds. So it’s good to have on hand if you’re fighting a cold or the flu. Or you can put a drop or two on a kitchen sponge to sanitize your work area and counter tops, if you happen to spill fresh meat juice on a surface, or if you wish to clean your sink.
One study published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology found that citrus oils, lemon included, were able to kill different strains of bacteria in the lab.
Aura Cacia Lemon Oil
In the past, I’ve purchased a lot of my oils from Aura Cacia. This is one of the brands I know and trust. Its oils are pure, and I believe they’re among the best on the market. This is one of the companies from which I feel comfortable buying citrus oils. That’s Aura Cacia guarantees the purity of its products.
The oil shown here is USDA certified organic. Although I’d still feel very comfortable using the non-organic version, because Aura Cacia has a really good testing process, knowing for sure that this oil is derived from plants grown organically gives you added assurance. Citrus rinds tend to absorb chemicals. The aromatic oils are made from these rinds.
Lemon oil is very versatile. I use my oils every day, so I tend to use them up relatively quickly. Lemon oil is very good for certain household projects and for making your own DIY non-toxic cleaners.
Lemon Oil Photosensitivity
One small downside to lemon and other citrus oils is that they are considered “photosensitive.” This means that you shouldn’t apply them to your skin before going out into the sun.
Essential oils are very safe when used as directed. This means not applying any aromatic directly to your skin, unless it’s heavily diluted in a carrier oil. I typically use only a small amount of aromatic oil when I add it to a carrier. A standard recommended dilution ratio is one drop of essential oil to one teaspoon of carrier. I typically use olive, grapeseed or coconut oil.
Even thought it doesn’t seem as if you are using much essential oil, a little is all you need. That’s because aromatic oils are highly concentrated and extremely potent. Also, it’s good to do a 24-hour test patch on a small area of your body, before applying a new oil (mixed with carrier) broadly. I’ve never had a problem with an essential oil, but I realize everyone is different.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are nursing or pregnant should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.