Therapeutic Properties- Antitumoral, anti fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, astringent, anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, diuretic, digestive, expectorant, calming.
Air Pollution- Diffuse after painting (or add some to your Low-VOC paint!), during bouts of illness or anytime air quality may be a concern.
Allergies- Mix 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of lavender, and 2 drops of peppermint with several ounces of water. Swish in mouth and swallow. Repeat as needed.
Anxiety- Place a drop in your hands to inhale, rub a drop into long or short hair, or diffuse through the room during times of anxiety.
Atherosclerosis- Diffuse through the air, or massage with a carrier oil into the chest for faster absorption into the blood stream.
Bites/Stings- Lemon oil promotes healing and decreases likelihood of infection when using a small amount on the site of the bite or sting.
Blood Pressure Regulation- Add a drop to your water or herbal tea, or anytime you're cooking with lemon juice.
Brain Injury- Use a diffuser or add a drop to the shirt collar. Mix with a small amount of carrier oil and massage into neck, shoulders and scalp.
Cold Sores- Add a very small dab directly to the cold sore. Also try diluting it with coconut oil and using it as a lip balm to prevent cold sores during common times of flare-ups.
Colds- Add a drop to the pillow, diffuse through the room, add several drops to wet clothes before you line- or machine-dry them, or dilute with coconut oil and massage into the chest.
Concentration- Add a dab to your shirt collar while studying or working, rub through your hair or diffuse through a room (great for teachers!).
Constipation- Dilute 1 drop of lemon essential oil to 5-10 drops of coconut oil and massage in a gentle clockwise direction over the abdomen.
Depression- Rub through hair, diffuse in a room, or add a drop to the pillow for the aromatic benefits. Use in massage or add a drop to water or tea throughout your day for topical or internal benefits.
Digestion (Sluggish)- Massage into the abdomen or use lemon essential oil in cooking or in your water.
Disinfectant- Add to your homemade cleaning solutions, add a drop to dishwater or 3 drops to bathwater, use in the washing machine or over handkerchiefs during cold season, and apply during massage.
Dry Throat- Add a drop to your water, or gargle with warm water, seas salt and a drop of lemon.
Dysentery- Dilute in a small dollop of coconut oil and massage over the upper and lower intestines and over the lower back to absorb quickly into the blood stream.
Energizing- Massage over the reflex points of the feet and hands, across the neck and chest and add a drop to water throughout your day.
Exhaustion- Massage into the areas of the body you can identify is holding exhaustion (physical, mental or emotional)
Fever- Add a drop to cool fluids, or dilute one drop to 5-10 drops or more of a carrier oil and massage over shoulders, neck, forehead, and into ears.
Flu- Massage into the reflex points of the feet and hands or over the abdomen or aches. Diffuse in the room, add a drop to the pillow or on the clothes for aromatic properties and to help fight illness for the rest of the family.
Furniture Polish- Add several drops to a half cup of olive oil or beeswax.
Gout- Use topically with care, or soak the infected area in warm water with several drops of lemon essential oil. Take internally in water or a tsp of honey 2-5 times throughout the day.
Greasy/Oily Hair- You can take this oil internally to promote internal health which will affect the hair, add a drop to your shampoo, or massage several drops diluted in water into the scalp and hair follicles each time you shower.
Grief/Sorrow- Use this aromatically (adding it to the hair, shirt collar, or diffusing throughout the home), or apply to the reflex points of the feet, especially the toes.
Gum/Grease/Sticker Removal- Apply several drops to gun stuck in hair or to clothing, furniture, etc. Apply over grease stains before washing. Use a drop or more over sticker residue to remove from walls or windows.
Hangovers- Greasy food and more alcohol may help a hangover but they don't exactly make you feel well. Use lemon essential oil in a bath, inhaling directly, add a drop to water (drink lots of water - hangovers are actually said to be dehydration symptoms), or massage into the chest, abdomen or reflex points of feet and hands.
Heartburn- Massage lemon oil across the arches and pads of the feet and down the throat, sternum and stomach.
Intestinal Parasites- I suggest using lemon in your water or tea daily to treat and prevent parasites. You can also massage over the stomach and intestines and into the feet for faster absorption.
Kidney Stones- Eat, drink or take lemon oil in capsules to fight off kidney stones.
Lymphatic Cleansing- Massage into the body with a carrier oil, moving from your outer extremities toward the heart. Diffuse daily when detoxing is a priority.
MRSA- Lemon's antibacterial properties can be utilized by massaging it directly into the skin for fast absorption to the blood stream.
Overeating- Diffuse or create sachets to place throughout the home, place a dab on your shirt or rub a drop into your hands and then through your hair.
Pancreatitis- Massage into the feet and hands, diffuse or inhale directly, or add a drop to water through the day.
Physical Energy- Lemon essential oil is very uplifting when used aromatically. Try running it through your hair, adding it to the clothes as you dry them or adding it to baking soda as a carpet deodorizer as you vacuum.
Postpartum Depression- Diffuse through the home during and after birth, dry clothes in several drops of lemon, or rub a drop into your hands and run through hair.
Purification- Great during cold and flu season to diffuse through the home. You can even add a drop to a small pan of hot water on the stove and let the aroma fill the house. (You can then use that lemon water in cooking!)
Relaxation- Although lemon essential oil is known to be uplifting, if energies are running too high it can also bring a person into balance. Diffuse through the air or add a drop or two to a small pan of hot water.
Skin (Tones)- Use carefully (in case of sensitivity) as a skin toner or astringent, even diluting it in purified water and spritzing on the face, avoiding the eyes.
Stress- Add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to a pan of hot water and breath in the steam, or add to your shirt collar.
Throat Infection- Diffuse through the room, use in massage, and gargle in warm sea salt with a drop of lemon.
Tonsillitis- Can be used in the same manner as a throat infection.
Uplifting- Diffuse lemon essential oil through the room or drop 1-2 drops into a pan of hot, steaming water to fill the house with the aroma.
Varicose Veins- Very gently massage lemon oil with peppermint, lemongrass, and cypress in an upward motion (always toward the heart).
Water Purification- Where clean water (or just good tasting water) is a concern, add a drop of lemon essential oil to each glass of water, stir, let sit for 5 minutes and then drink.
Other uses we've heard include- Fighting food poisoning, preventing scurvy, malaria, lowering blood pressure, liver function, joint problems (such as arthritis), muscle aches, anemia, use as a germicide, red and white blood cell formation, ureter infections, cellulite, clarity, gallstones, strengthening nails, nervous system function, complexion and more.
Precautions- First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Lemon essential oil is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS).
However, this oil is very photo sensitive. Do not expose the skin to direct sunlight for 24-78 hours after application. May cause skin irritation, therefore, it is recommended that lemon oil be diluted.
DISCLAIMER: The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or prescribe.