10 Lemon Essential Oil Benefits
Top 10 Lemon Essential Oil Benefits and uses. The lemon essential oil is photosensitive. So do not apply it on your skin then expose that area to sunlight. Use it indoors or at night time for your skin/hair. If you’re planning on heading out, wash the space you’ve applied the lemon oil to very thoroughly.
1. Skin Cleanser
A few drops of lemon essential oil added to bath water can rejuvenate and gently cleanse skin as well as activate the mind. Make sure to mix the essential oil with whole milk or Epsom salts before adding it to your bath. It has a fresh, clean scent and therapeutic properties that make your skin feel properly cleansed from deep within the pores.
Cleansing & Rejuvenating Lemon Bath Salts: In a large mason jar, add 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup coarse sea salt and 2 tbsp jojoba oil. Now add ten drops of lemon essential oil. Mix well. Add about 1/2 to 1 cup into a warm bath, let it disperse and soak to rejuvenate your skin and boost your mood!
2. Potent Acne Fighter
The lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful anti-acne essential oils. It contains powerful ingredients like antioxidants, vitamin C, citric acid, etc., which fight off acne-causing germs and boost collagen production, thereby reducing scarring. I combat acne by making a face cream containing lemon and tea tree essential oils. Here’s my recipe:
Lemon Acne Cream: In a medium-sized bowl, add 1/4 cup of soft shea butter. Mash & mix it with a whisk to make it creamy. Add 1 tbsp of argan oil to help it get into a smooth consistency. Finally, add four drops each of lemon and tea tree essential oils. Use a pea-sized amount as a face cream all over your face and neck after washing your face.
3. Prevent Premature Aging
Citric acid and Vitamin C in lemon essential oil protect skin cells from premature aging by fighting oxygen-stealing free radicals. These free radicals degenerate skin cells by stealing oxygen from them, causing your skin to become dull and lifeless. This ends up causing wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.
Anti-Aging Night Serum: Into a 2 oz amber glass dropper bottle, add 1.5 tbsp of jojoba oil, five drops of lemon essential oil and five drops of geranium essential oil. Cap the jar tightly and gently roll between your palms to make a blend. Massage 3-4 drops on your face and neck at night time before bed. Wake up to rejuvenated youthful looking skin!
4. Reduce Excess Skin Oiliness
The lemon essential oil has astringent properties that reduce excess sebum on the skin by shrinking large pores! Try one of my favourite homemade facial toners starring lemon essential oil:
Lemon Facial Toner: In a glass spray bottle, add 1/2 cup of organic rose water, 1 tsp witch hazel and three drops of lemon essential oil. Shake well. Mist 6 inches from your face with your eyes closed. Use every after washing your face then let it dry and moisturise as usual!
5. Greasy Hair Control
Just as with excessive oil in the skin, lemon essential oil controls greasy hair by tightening hair follicles hence checking over secretion of sebum onto the scalp and hair strands. Lemon essential oil also removes too much grease from hair by soaking up excess oil from the hair follicles and strands. Make this hair mask to reduce greasy hair!
Egg White Lemon Hair Mask: Add two egg whites into a bowl then drip in 4 drops of lemon essential oil. Whisk well then carefully apply on your hair from roots to tip. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with COLD water. Afterwards, use a natural sulphate-free shampoo & conditioner.
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6. Facial Toner
One of the many uses and Lemon Essential Oil Benefits is it astringent and oil control properties that make it a perfect facial toner, when mixed with distilled water. It tightens and lifts skin, as well as shrinks large pores, thereby controlling excess sebum. Try the facial toner recipe in Point 4 above!
7. Blackhead Remover
Lemon essential oil, just like lemons, helps ease out blackheads due to its skin tightening effects. It can prevent blackhead formation by blotting excess sebum and shrinking large pores that can harbour blackheads. Lemon essential oil removes blackheads safely out of pores by tightening and drying the skin around the blackheads. It also has antibacterial properties that prevent any infection or acne in the orifice from which the blackhead has been removed.
Blackhead Buster: To remove blackheads, do facial steaming then get a spoon and lightly scrape the blackheads out. Then apply this blackhead-removing mask: 1 tsp baking soda, one drop lemon essential oil and 1 tsp honey to form a paste. Rub onto your blackheads then wash off after 10 minutes. You will notice a difference!
8. Lightens and Brightens Skin
The citric acid in the lemon essential oil is a powerful, natural and safe skin bleaching agent. It gently and safely lightens skin tone and acne scars gradually. Lemon essential oil also balances your skin’s natural pH. A balanced skin pH is very important to achieve bright glowing skin. Lemon essential oil helps brighten skin by getting rid of blemishes, fading acne scars, fighting acne and balancing the skin’s natural pH. Try this Skin Lightening Serum which is all natural, non-toxic and must only be used at night time!
9. Natural Deodorant/Perfume
The lemon essential oil can act as an excellent deodorant that comes with no side effects, except maybe a slight sting if you apply it immediately after shaving. It has a fresh, clean scent that masks any bad odours and absorbs sweat and sebum as well as refreshes your skin! Lemon essential oil also has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that keep the bacteria away.
DIY Deodorant: Place 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 /2 tsp Himalayan sea salt and 1 tsp witch hazel into a spray bottle containing a cup of distilled water. Throw away your chemical-laden deodorant and spritz this on instead!
10. Fights Bad Breath
Curing bad breath with lemon is an age-old practice. Its fresh scent neutralises any bad odour. It’s antibacterial properties fight off bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Lemon also has therapeutic properties that help curb down false hunger pangs and sugar cravings. Mix 3 drops of lemon essential oil in 1/2 cup of water then add 1/2 tsp baking soda. Swish it in your mouth then spit out after a minute. Enjoy fresh fruity breath!
Take CareDo a small patch test on your inner elbow ( 1 drop of lemon oil mixed with 1 tsp vegetable oil) to see that you aren’t allergic to the lemon essential oil. If you notice any severe redness, itching or irritation, do not apply it to your body.
Do not ingest essential oils.
Do not put essential oils in your eyes, ears, nose or mucous membranes.
Before use, you must know that lemon essential oil can visibly lighten hair and skin.
Use only small amounts of it as a little drop goes a long way. The lemon essential oil should not be applied ‘neat’ onto the skin as it is very concentrated, as with all essential oils, and can cause skin irritations like rashes, and aggravate acne.
Avoid sun exposure if you have applied lemon essential oil as it is photosensitising and can cause skin pigmentation.
Please avoid using essential oil if you are pregnant or nursing.
If you have any skin allergies or chronic health conditions, consult your medical practitioner before applying essential oil on your body.