Lemon essential oil has been used for thousands of years because of its multi-purpose property. It can simply be a type of food, an ingredient in home-remedy recipes, a treatment for some symptoms and many more usages that might come in handy.
What you need to know about this oil is that it is edible despite what some people believe. With its high acidity and vitamin C as well as the aroma, lemon oil is used widely all over the world.
1. Cough And Sore Throat
Lemon can be very useful if you have congestions. Just add a few drops into your hot tea together with some honey; you will have an effective home remedy for coughing and congestion. Rub some lemon oil on your throat at night, before going to sleep to reduce coughing and have better sleep. Alternatively, you can use a vaporizer, add a few drops of oil and let it run overnight; give your body time to absorb, and feel the difference after one week.
Similar to treating cough, you can carry a bottle of the oil anywhere you go to use when needed. Rub a few drops onto your chest and back, massage to make it warm; keeping yourself from being exposed to sources of wind will be useful, too.
3. Treat a runny nose
As weird as this might sound, it really works. Dip your fingertip and wipe the oil on each side of your nose to keep them warm. This will not only stop the runny nose but also keep you cozy despite the weather.
Springtime could be a nightmare to a lot of people as it is allergy season; this oil can help. Here is a long-run method you can try for several different illness. Rub some oil behind your ear lobe or under your nose a few times a day, together with massaging the bottom of your feet with this oil at night.
5. Sanitize toothbrush
Do you know that you can even use this oil to sanitize your toothbrush? Yes, with just a drop onto your toothbrush, let it soak and then whish it with warm water for a few seconds, voila, you have a bacteria-free toothbrush.
6. Energy booster
Lemon oil can be combined with peppermint oil to create a powerful energy booster. Simply add a drop of each oil to a cup of warm water (it helps dissolve the oil better), you got yourself a morning energy treat.
7. Bad breath
With its nice boost of aroma, lemon oil is used widely to clear odor, same theory apply to get rid of bad breath. Mixing 2-3 drops of oil with a cup of warm water, gargle and rinse your mouth with the mixture. Do this everyday to quickly see changes.
8. Lemon oil is used to treat Acnes
Having high acidity level, lemon oil is commonly used to treat acnes. You can use it like how you do with a toner; apply oil into a cotton ball and wipe all over your face, or just affected area, couple times a day to decrease acnes.
9. Fight fatigue
This oil can also be an after-workout treatment for your tired muscles. You can either use it directly by holding an oil-damp cotton ball under your nose and breath in for a minimum of 2 minutes; or if you’d prefer a more relaxing way, use an oil burner overnight.
10. Stress relief
We all know that a nice and warm bath is one of the best ways to spend your weekend after a stressful week. Essential oil such as lemon with a hint of minty aroma works best in this case; it will enhance the effect when combined with oil burners.
11. Lemon Essential Oil remove callouses, corn, wart
Are these hideous diseases bothering you? Let this oil handle it, you will be free of them in no time. Simply massaging a drop or 2 of the oil onto the affected area a few times a day until they go away. This will help them become soft and eventually fall off.
12. Clear up nail fungus
Lemon also has anti-fungus properties, though not very much, which can cure nail fungus if use consistently for a period of time. This might take a few months before you can see changes, but it is safe to perform at home and does not require a lot of high technology; just apply a few drops to your affected nails at least twice a day until the fungus disappeared.
13. Skin brightener
Lemon contains citric acid that is considered as a powerful but safe bleaching agent. It can help clear up acnes scars as well as brightening your complexion. All you need to do is adding the oil accordingly to your daily moisturizer and apply as usual.
14. Glass cleaner
Forget Windex, the oil can be a perfect substitute for your glass cleaner. You just need to transfer it to a spray bottle, spray onto glass surfaces as normal and then wipe off. This will even get to the toughest water buildup on your bathroom mirror or wall.
15. Clean and sanitize toilet bowl
As I have mentioned before, lemon contains citric acid that will help clean and also sanitize your toilet bowl. The other products might contain chemical agents that can be harmful for you, so why not switch to this method for your own safety?
16. Disinfect cutting board
Cutting boards, especially wooden, are great shelters for bacteria despite our effort of cleaning. They can hide deep inside the very tiny cracks that we cannot reach when cleaning. Let lemon oil do the job for you. Rub the cutting boards with this oil after washing; let it sit for at least 1 minute and then rinse off.
17. Kill germs
Sponges, which are used to wash dishes, are usually packed with germs, dirt and greases that can be a pain to get rid of. Next time when you have this problem, just soak your dirty sponges and rags into a hot water bowl with diluted lemon oil overnight, you will see the difference the next morning.
18. Air freshener
We are lucky to have a diff user that can help us maximize the benefits of lemon oil; just add oil to the machine and let it do the magic. Back in the days when diff users are still new and expensive, we have to mix the oil with water and pray all over the house, which might not be very effective.
19. Remove odor
You have problems with stinky shoes, or worse, pet’s feces in your trashcan? Lemon oil is the answer to your problem. Soak a cotton ball in the oil, squeeze out the excess and throw the ball in your shoes or trashcan to eliminate the odor.
20. Freshen laundry
This might sound weird at first, but once you give it a try, you will definitely love it. Adding a few drops of oil into your washer when it is on the last rinse, it will not only help freshen your laundry but also leaving your washer a nice after smell.
You will not be surprised to find a lot of degreaser and cleaning products contain lemon because of its high acidity. It does remove greases and tree saps, even Goo-gone uses this oil to help removing residue of glue and tapes.
22. Wood cleaner
Together with some olive oil, you can definitely make a DIY home furniture cleaner and wood polisher (this also applies for wooden floor). You can follow the ratio of 3:1 for olive and lemon oil.
23. Mosquito repellant
For over a long time, we have used natural ingredients as mosquito repellant such as coffee grounds, lemongrass, orange peels, etc. There is no exception for this oil since it belongs to the citrus family. You can dilute it with other oil such as coconut for smoother skin; just spray over yourself and it will help keep the mosquitoes away.
24. Heal insect bites
It does not really heal the bites, what it does is that it soothes the itchiness of them and prevent us from scratching. You can rub the oil onto the bites as many times as you want during the day as it will absorb and dry out quickly.
25. Hand sanitizer
There is no need to buy hand sanitizer any more when you have this multi-purpose oil ready in your bag. Use this as a substitution for those alcohol sanitizers as this is chemical-free. You just need to rub couple drops between your palms for it to work.
26. Detox water
There is no doubt that people are mixing lemon into their regular water to make detox water. In fact, there are researches shown that this actually works well. A few drops to your water everyday to cleanse your body as well as fighting bad breathe.
27. Soap and cosmetics
To those of you that like to make soap and cosmetics at home, you will definitely need this essential oil. Not only because of its amazing aroma, but also its properties of cleansing, whitening, softening, etc. as I mentioned above.
I hope this article of mine can give you a broad understanding of some useful ways to use lemon essential oil.