Lemon is a popular fruit that grows in different parts of the world. Unlike most essential oils lemon oil and other citrus oils are produced by cold pressing the peel of the fruit. Typically, the fruit pulp is used in the food industry and the leftover peel, a by product, is used for oil production.
Did you know that it takes about 125 kilos of lemons to make 1 kilo of oil?
Lemon oil is known for its anti bacterial, anti ageing, antioxidant, antiseptic, digestive, anti fungal, anti microbial, disinfectant and anti allergenic properties.
One caution, however: lemon oil, being a cold pressed oil, is phototoxic. This means that you must avoid exposure to direct sunlight for about 12 hours after application on skin.
How to use
Lemon oil, like most citrus oils, is rich in benefits and is used in various topical applications, for internal consumption and for its cleaning properties.
Start your day by drinking a glass of warm water with a drop of lemon oil and you will notice what a powerful immunity booster and detoxification agent this oil is!
Add a few drops of lemon oil to your facewash, facepack or skin cream to nourish skin. This is due to its strong antioxidising and anti ageing properties.
Lemon oil is a powerful cleaning agent, primarily due to the presence of b-pinene and limonene in its composition. Add a few drops to your laundry detergent, or make your own household/glass cleaning spray to rid your house of dirt and bacteria.
Lemon oil can also be used to make your own natural teeth whitener or nail polish remover.
Lemon oil has anti inflammatory properties that helps fight respiratory conditions. Simply dilute in coconut oil and apply on the neck and chest to get relief from a cough or phlegm.
Lemon oil is very effective to help ease nausea - just inhale lemon oil from the bottle or apply a few drops to a handkerchief that you can smell. You could also diffuse some in the room.