5 Unexpected Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
5 Unexpected Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
Without much thought, you can probably muster up a memory of the clean and fresh aroma associated with a freshly-squeezed lemon. The citrus tang reminds most people of a clean home, serving as a refreshing and timeless scent. Whether you’re used to using it as a staple ingredient in your kitchen or throughout the house, lemon has a few hidden properties that people don’t make use of often enough.
How can you start to work this bright scent into the daily rhythms of your home? Check out these unexpected ways that the sour fruit could just transform into your new favorite essential oil.
1. Refresh the Air in your Home
Even the most diligent housekeeper sometimes struggles to get scents under control in the home. It may be an old meat tray that causes the kitchen to smell or a teenager’s dirty laundry raging out of control. No matter what the cause, sometimes scents can crop up that tend to linger for long periods of time. They may even be resistant to your tried and true method of covering them up with an aerosol spray.
Say goodbye to those pesky and pungent odors for good with a few quick touches of lemon essential oil around the house. You can allow this scent to quietly permeate through your home using an essential oil diffuser. The fresh scent of lemons from the garden is preferable to the pungent smells that are currently present. You’ll vastly prefer feeling like your home is full of freshness once more.
The added bonus is that lemon essential oil provides an instant mood improvement for you. Combine it with other citrus essential oils such as wild orange or grapefruit to create a different scent that is equally powerful and motivating. Diffusing this oil can also help to boost your immune system with regular exposure.
2. Clean up your House
Fortunately, lemon is actually an extremely beneficial product to use around the house as well. It naturally maintains antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. All of these attributes work together to create an environment that is more resistant to germs and bacteria growth. Particularly during cold and flu season, you can use lemon essential oil to cleanse stubbornly-dirty surfaces.
Making homemade cleaner is surprisingly simple. All you need is a spray bottle filled with water. Add ten to twenty drops of lemon essential oil before mixing together. Spritz the cleaner or counters or tables before wiping clean. Be careful not to use it on granite or stone to avoid ruining the finish.
If you have wooden furniture, leather couches, or silver that needs to be polished, lemon essential oil can help with that too. A few drops of olive oil mixed with lemon essential oil can help to polish wood until it shines, restoring its natural luster. Lemon oil applied neatly to a leather sofa can help to restore and preserve the quality of the material. Similarly, a few drops of oil can cut through any building tarnish or residue on hand-polished silver.
3. Get rid of musty smells in the Laundry
Did you forget that your clothes were in the washing machine again? It’s hard not to be upset when you open the machine only to realize that mildew has started to grow. The odor of the stagnant water has a tendency to feel overwhelming when it first hits you. However, it’s far more insidious as it lingers in the clothing for weeks and washes to come.
You can say goodbye to that mildew smell forever by using lemon essential oil to rewash your clothes. Simply open up the machine and add five drops of lemon essential oil before running another wash cycle. The lemon will kill the bacteria responsible for the stench and leave your clothes smelling fresh. You could even use this tactic with each load of laundry for clothes that smell extremely clean all the time.
4. Clear up your Skin
Many common essential oils are great for skin because they are inherently antibacterial. Lemon essential oil is no different and can easily make its way into your daily beauty routine. Specifically, lemon essential oil is well-known for its ability to kill acne-causing germs and to brighten up your overall complexion. You can add it to your current moisturizer to allow its potent abilities to penetrate deep into your pores.
Alternatively, you could create an entirely new moisturizer using natural ingredients. The simplest alternative to a store-bought moisturizer is a few drops of jojoba oil mixed with two drops of lemon oil. Simply massage the solution into a clean face and allow the skin to absorb these rejuvenating oils.
5. Get rid of Grease
Whether you fried up a big pan of bacon or you were working on your son’s bicycle, you may find yourself covered in grease. The oily substance is sometimes resistant to hand soap and other types of cleaners that are readily found in your medicine cabinet. If you need the grease to go immediately, you can try washing your hands with a few drops of lemon essential oil.
Add two to three drops into a pump of hand soap to help it spread all over your skin. Scrub the hands together and allow the citric acid to work its way through the grease. Be sure to rinse your hands thoroughly to avoid getting lemon essential oil elsewhere.
You can also use this technique to clean up greasy messes on the kitchen counter or dining room table. Lemon essential oils can cut right through grease or the sticky residue left behind from stickers and craft supplies.
About our Lemon Essential Oil
|Botanical Name: Citrus limon
|Country of Origin: USA
|Plant Part used: Fruit Peel
|Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Scent: Strong bright lemony scent
| Odor Intensity: Strong
| Color & Consistency: Yellow to greenish yellow liquid
| Blends Well With: Basil, Black Pepper, Camphor, Cardamom, Carrot Seed, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Citronella, Clove Bud, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fir Needle, Frankincense, Geranium, Chamomile Blue, Ginger, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Mandarin, Marjoram, Myrrh, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Petitgrain
|GC/MS Test Results: View Report
|Kosher Certified: Yes
|Acne, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, arthritis, boils, bronchitis, cellulite, colds, constipation, diuretic, fever, flu, headache / migraine, hypertension, indigestion, insect repellent, mental awareness, nosebleed, sore throat, stress, varicose veins, warts, wounds
Lemon essential oil may be one of the most underrated essential oils on today’s market. It has a wide array of potential benefits for avid users, but many people don’t recognize all of its beneficial properties. Next time you need a little pick-me-up or are tired of scrubbing a greasy counter top, pop open your bottle of lemon essential oil.
You’ll definitely be glad that you gave this citrus a chance.