I think sometimes we can disregard lemon essential oil as just good for removing sticky residue or for cleaning stainless steel, but like all citrus oils, it has an enormous range of uses, and being one of the lowest priced oils on the market means it’s a good one to learn to use well.
Lemon essential oil has traditionally been used in aromatherapy to increase mental stamina, reduce nausea, stimulate blood flow to the skin, as an antispasmodic, to relieve flatulence and to support health emotional balance (it has a very uplifting scent).
Some of the ways we use lemon essential oil around the home:
📚 Diffused with peppermint in our school room to create a focussed and uplifting environment
🧼 Added to our household cleaning spray for a citrus scent
🍰 In baking when we’re out of fresh lemons
🧽 To remove the sticky residue left by adhesives
✨ As part of our wellness roller, along with frankincense and Thieves
Lemon essential oil and its key constituent, limonene, have been studied extensively in human and animal models. Here are some PubMed study numbers if you want to take a closer look:
💛 Anti-bacterial activities of several plant essential oils (including lemon) against Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica in apple juices. (See: PubMed 15366861)
💛 A study suggesting that lemon oil reliably enhances positive mood. (See: PubMed 18178322)
💛 Studies looking at the anti-tumor activity of limonene. (See: PubMed 29670359 and 7948106)
💛 Antidepressant-like effect of limonene in animal models. (See: PubMed 30905156)
And so many more! Just head to PubMed.gov and search for “lemon”, “citrus limon”, or “limonene”.
Safety note: all citrus oils increase sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) light, so if you want to use the oil topically, it is best to do so in the evening or cover with thick clothing. Alternatively, you can use the oil in a diffuser necklace, bracelet or earrings.