Lemon (Citrus aurantium var. dulcis, Rutaceae) essential oil is cold pressed from lemon peel. Lemon essential oil has a very intensive, distinctive fruity scent.
Lemon essential oil also contains limonene, used as a mild antiseptic and also known for firming and nourishing properties on skin. Lemon essential oil is a great skincare product for lighter skin, less wrinkles and stronger nails. It also helps to get rid of dandruffs and whitens teeth used with toothpaste. That’s why lemon essential oil is a classic ingredient in tonics for oily skin, nail care creams, lotions and other products.
Its pleasant fruity smell makes it a very popular component for soaps, bath extracts, sea salt, etc.
Lemon essential oil is widely used for food flavouring as well.
At home it can be used to disinfect the air, eliminate unpleasant odours, also as an ant and moth repellent.
Methods and amounts of use:
Aromatic bath: essential oils are insoluble in water, thus dissolve 10-30 drops of essential oil mix in a glass of milk, kephir, yoghurt, cream, a tablespoon of plant oil or some honey and then pour the mixture into your bath.
Cream or lotion: put 10-15 drops of the essential oil mix into 1 spoon of unfragranced cream or lotion.
Hand cream or lotion: one-time use: 3 drops of the essential oil in 1 teaspoon of fatty oil.
After-shave lotion: 40 drops of essential oil mix into 120 ml of apple vinegar or vodka and 80 ml of distilled water.
Massage: 10-15 drops of essential oil mix into 2 tablespoons of plant oil.
Shampoo, conditioner or for rinsing hair: add 2 drops of the essential oil into the bottle of shampoo or 2-3 l of water with some lemon juice.
Sauna: 15 drops of essential oil mix into 10 l of hot water for soaking besoms.
Aromatic lamp: 4-5 drops for 5 sq. m. area. For daily use (don’t forget to add warm water).
Facial steam bath: 2-3 drops into 1 l hot water.
Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council on cosmetic products, identifies the following allergens:
Lemon essential oil includes natural components: limonene, linalool.