• Lindsay Alexander

9 Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

We love lemon essential oil... it's uses are practically unlimited! So in order for this post to not go on and on and on, we've limited it to our top nine. You know there's an essential oil for that #taeoft - and lemon essential oil is a must have staple.

9 Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

The benefits of Lemon essential oil are numerous.  Not only does it have a fresh and clean smelling fragrance which aids in refreshing skin and hair, it has a positive effect on the mind and the physiology of the body.

It is an amazing essential oil that contains antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, sedative, laxative, diuretic and laxative properties. 

We've put together 9 benefits of lemon essential oil:

1) Skin Cleanser

Just a few drops of lemon essential oil added to your bath water can rejuvenate the skin as well as promote clarity of thought. Be sure to mix the essential oil with whole milk or Epsom salts before adding it to your bath to ensure disbursement. It has a fresh clean scent and therapeutic properties that makes your skin feel deeply cleansed.

  • Rejuvenating Lemon Bath Salts: In a large jar, add 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup coarse sea salt and 2 tablespoons jojoba oil along with 10 drops of lemon essential oil. Mix well. Add about 1/2 to 1 cup into a warm bath, let it disperse and hop in to rejuvenate your skin and give you a mood boost!

2) Effective Acne Fighter

Lemon essential oil is one of the most potent anti-acne essential oils. It contains powerful ingredients such as vitamin C, antioxidants, citric acid, and more.  They're very effective in fighting off acne causing bacteria and boosting the production of collagen, which reduces scarring. You can combat acne by making a face cream with both lemon and tea tree oils.

  • Lemon Acne Cream: In a medium-sized bowl, add 1/4 cup of soft, organic shea butter and add 1 tablespoon of argan oil mix with a whisk until smooth and creamy. Add 4 drops each of lemon and tea tree essential oils. After washing your face spread a pea-sized amount over your face and neck.

3) Blackhead Remover

Due to its skin tightening effects lemon essential oil helps ease out blackheads. It can also prevent black head from forming by removing excess sebum and shrinking large pores that harbor black heads.  It also has antibacterial properties to help prevent infection or acne from developing in the pore from which the blackhead has been removed.

  • Blackhead Buster: Begin by steaming your face (fill your sink with hot water, lean over and place a towel like a tent over your head) then lightly scrape the blackheads out. Apply this blackhead-removing mask - 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 drop lemon essential oil and 1 teaspoon raw honey to form a paste. Rub the mixture onto your blackheads then wash off after 10 minutes.

4) Prevent Premature Aging

Vitamin C and citric acid in lemon essential oil prevent premature aging by fighting free radicals. These free radicals degenerate skin cells by keeping them from getting oxygen, causing your skin to become lifeless and dull, which ends up causing fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.

  • Anti-Aging Night Serum: Combine into a 2 oz amber glass dropper bottle, add 1.5 Tablespoons of jojoba oil, 5 drops of lemon essential oil and 5 drops of geranium essential oil. Place the cap tightly on the bottle and gently roll between your palms to blend. Massage 3-4 drops on your face and neck before bed at night. When you wake up you'll see rejuvenated youthful looking skin!

5) Lightens and Brightens Skin

The citric acid in lemon essential oil is a very effective, natural and safe skin bleaching agent. It gently and safely lightens skin tone and acne scars. It also balances your skin’s natural pH, which is very important to achieve bright glowing skin. Try this amazing Skin Lightening Serum, but only at night.

6) Reduce Excess Oil on your Skin

The astringent properties in lemon essential oil reduce excess sebum on the skin by shrinking large pores. Here is a popular homemade facial toner:

7) Greasy Hair Control

Not only does lemon essential oil work wonders on excessive oil on skin, it also is fantastic at controlling greasy hair by tightening the hair follicles. Lemon essential oil also soaks up excess grease from the hair follicles and strands. Here's the recipe for a great hair mask:

  • Lemon Egg White Hair Mask: Crack 2 egg whites into a bowl then add in 4 drops of lemon essential oil. Whisk well and carefully apply to your hair from roots to tip. Use a shower cap to cover your head leave it on for 30 minutes. Thoroughly rinse with COLD water. Afterwards, use a natural sulfate-free shampoo & conditioner.

8) Fights Bad Breath

Curing bad breath with lemon is an age old, common practice. Its fresh scent neutralizes any bad odor. It’s antibacterial properties fight off bacteria and plaque in the mouth. Lemon also has therapeutic properties that help curb hunger pangs and reduce sugar cravings.

  • Fresh Mouthwash: Add 3 drops of lemon essential oil to 1/2 cup of water then add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Swish it in your mouth for 60 seconds then spit out.  Enjoy fresh breath!

9) Natural Deodorant/Perfume

Lemon essential oil acts as an excellent deodorant with no side effects, note that if you apply it just after shaving it might sting a bit. It's fresh clean scent that masks bad odors 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 at bay.

  • DIY Deodorant: In an amber glass spray bottle place 5-7 drops of lemon essential oil, 1 /2 teaspoon of himalayan sea salt and 1 teaspoon of witch hazel into a spray bottle containing a cup of distilled water. Toss your chemical-laden deodorant and spritz on this instead!

Lemon essential oil has so many uses, this list doesn't even cover it. So stay tuned because we keep coming up with more amazing ways to use this and other oils to help maintain your healthy lifestyle.

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