The Many Therapeutic Wonders Of Lemon Essential Oil

Posted on Friday 24 December 2010

As aromatherapy practitioners (or aromatherapy beginners), we have so many far-out oils available to us, getting the most exotic oils in the world shipped to us in days via internet shopping. All these fancy sounding oils easily lure our attention, and we sometime forget the gems available in simple oils like Lemon. Cold pressed lemon essential oil is inexpensive, readily available, and has an amazing array of truly therapeutic uses, with science to back them up. Here’s a wrap up of this wonderful oil, and how you can easily make use of it.

We’ve probably all heard of others (or maybe we do it ourselves?) putting Lemon oil in their water — most folks do it for a bit of flavoring, but there’s real medicinal reasons to do this as well. Drinking the essential oil with water has a two-fold effect. The first is purifying the water, not just making it taste better. The second is purifying our bodies. So no matter what you heard that essential oils should never be ingested, this just isn’t true. One does need to be very careful, and be very clear as to what they’re doing, but certainly lemon is a food in the first place. Here’s a better idea of what the actual amount should be, just don’t overdo it!

Research has shown the essential oil can kill pathogenic bacteria in water at a concentration of 1/5th of one percent. That’s 1/500th of the total amount of fluid. This amounts to 1 milliliter per 500 milliliters of water, or 20 drops per half liter. Got it? Now that’s really only for purification of water that has detectable amounts of certain bacteria — not a concentration we need to use all the time. Something a little more reasonable is 5 drops in a good size glass. This will have the effect of purifying your water, and follows a protocol for actually cleansing your liver as well. This is a perfect thing to do first thing in the morning, or anytime your stomach is empty. And even if you’re not going through a cleanse at the moment, adding a few drops to your water now and then is an excellent idea to maintain your body’s toxin elimination systems.

Lemon has excellent antiseptic properties, which means it kills bacteria on our skin’s surface. For this reason, it can be used for acne-prone skin — because of its photo-toxicity however, this should not be done if the skin is to be exposed to direct sunlight in the following 48 hours. Yet you CAN still use the oil to remove warts — putting one drop on location 1 to 3 times per day can dissolve warts effectively. Want to use this antiseptic quality, but don’t want to use it on your skin? Do the same thing on your kitchen counter tops! For a super eco-friendly cleaner, mix 2 cups water with 2 cups white vinegar, then add 20 to 30 drops of your essential oil. You can use this to clean nearly everything, with a really appealing fresh scent when you’re done.

Diffusing cold pressed Lemon essential oil is one of the simplest pick-me-up aromatherapy practices on the planet. The oil, being considered the “highest note in aromatherapy” has an accompanying “high vibration” to go along with it. The aroma is a first choice to clear the mind during those mid-afternoon work doldrums. It’s thought to aid in decision making without being over-stimulating. For all these uses, use Lemon alone in either an ultrasonic, fan, or nebulizing diffuser (avoid a “warming” type), and if you want to get a little fancy, mix it with any of the other citrus oils: Bergamot and Sweet Orange will make for a really enjoyable blend.

The oil has been the subject of other research directly related to our “smarts”. In one study, Japanese office workers were exposed to Lemon essential oil from a diffuser, and 54% fewer errors were made in the tasks being performed. This makes sense, as the oil is one that has been scientifically confirmed to reduce the activity of acetylcholinesterase enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for breaking down acetylcholine, the primary information-processing neurotransmitter. This results in a higher amount of this chemical being available in our brains. This is the reason people consume choline supplements! The use of essential oils which have this property have also been suggested for use in preventing senile dementia. Bottom line is inhaling Lemon vapor can can clear up the mind, and may help us multitask during busy days.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to lemon essential oil than we usually give it credit for. We can ingest it for detoxification, purify our water with it, clean with it, and inhale it for mental and emotional stimulation. Who would have thought!

For more on the wonderful therapeutic potential of aromatherapy and essential oils, visit The Ananda Apothecary and Synergy Essential Oils .

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