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The healing power of lemon oil

  1. Lemon is very healthy. We already know that. But not everyone knows that lemon oil already has medicinal qualities in minimal amounts. The traditional uses of lemon oil date back to at least the 10th century BC. Not all of these uses are supported by current modern science. In addition, a summary is given here of the current state of affairs with regard to the scientifically proven effects of lemon oil.


  1. Lemon oil in history Internal use lemon oil External use lemon oil Contraindication Lemon oil for food poisoning Lemon oil for stress and depression Lemon oil for morning sickness Lemon oil for pain and anxiety Lemon oil for cavities Lemon essential oil for dementia? Lemon oil burns fat

Lemon oil in history

  1. It is a common scientific fact that essential oils have been used since ancient times to preserve food, to improve the fragrance of houses and buildings, and as medicine. The first written evidence of the use of lemon oil dates back to China, the 10th century BC. Lemon oil did not reach Europe until the 2nd century; it was used by the Romans. Essential oils keep bacteria at bay. The idea of ​​bacteria did not exist in ancient times. But the realization that sprinkling homes with essential oils prevented disease was already there. It was just not called bacteria control but demon control; in fact it boils down to the same thing. Also, it was known in ancient times that some diseases can be cured by using essential oils internally.

Internal use of lemon oil

  1. Note: lemon oil is used internally sparingly. Only 2 drops are added to a cup of tea or warm milk after a meal. You can use almond milk instead of milk. According to the late André Gielen, this oil can be used internally for stress, stomach problems, high blood pressure, lung and intestinal infections, obesity, gout, arthritis, arthrosis, food poisoning, bleeding, bile and liver insufficiency, kidney stones, lack of resistance, colds, fatigue and muscle pain. Not all of these uses are supported by scientific research. That's partly because science just hasn't gotten around to examining all of its medicinal uses. Incidentally, it is not wise to maintain a cure with an essential oil for longer than two weeks. Many ailments, such as a cold, can take less than two weeks' treatment.

External use lemon oil

  1. Rough, dry hands or feet and broken nails can be treated with lemon oil. Make sure to also investigate the cause of dry hands. Sometimes having a dry white rash on the hands is related to consuming too much trans fats. Mix 3 drops of lemon oil in a tablespoon of lukewarm almond oil and lubricate the problem areas in the evening. For acne you can make a mixture of 6 types of essential oils in St. John's wort oil. Use 2 drops of lemon oil, 4 drops of helicryse oil, 2 drops of lavender oil, 2 drops of petitgrain oil and 1 drop of rosemary oil. Mix these essential oils with 2 tablespoons of St. John's wort oil. The mixture obtained is healing for acne and rosacea. Massage the affected skin and the surrounding skin twice a day with this mixture. For insect bites, you can put 2 drops of lemon oil on a cotton ball to dab the wound with it. In case of flu, it is good to make a mixture for bathing of 7 drops of lemon oil, 5 drops of pine oil and 5 drops of myrtle oil to be mixed with a milk, almond milk, coconut milk or honey. You do not take this internally! You add this mixture to bath water that you bathe in for 20 minutes a day. Evaporating 10 drops of lemon oil in an aroma lamp has a positive effect on the ability to concentrate and prevents fatigue.


  1. The external use of lemon oil is not always wise. First, there are people who are hypersensitive to lemon oil. Second, lemon oil is photosynthetic sensitive. That means it can irritate the skin when the sun shines on it. Especially in the tropics should be careful with lemon oil. A summer in Europe can also be a less good combination with external use of lemon oil.

Lemon oil for food poisoning

  1. In 2006, English researchers published a study on the effect of lemon essential oil on food poisoning. Food poisoning is caused by bacteria. Because lemon oil counteracts bacteria, this substance has been checked for effectiveness in food poisoning. The study compared the effects of bergamot oil, orange oil and lemon oil. Bergamot has been found to be the most effective against food poisoning, but lemon oil is also effective against it.

Lemon oil against stress and depression

  1. Japanese researchers saw in 2006 that lemon essential oil is an effective anti-depressant. In addition, it counteracts anxiety and stress. The researchers discovered that the antidepressant effect of lemon oil has to do with substances in this oil that are received by the 5-HT (1A) receptor. When the researchers used other substances to temporarily switch off this receptor, the anti-depressant effect did not occur. The researchers also compared the effectiveness of lemon oil with that of lavender oil and rose oil. It turns out that lemon oil has the most stress-reducing effect of these three.

Lemon oil for morning sickness

  1. Women who are pregnant often suffer from nausea and vomiting. Pregnant women use natural remedies more often because synthetic medicines often have side effects. Lemon essential oil is one of the natural remedies used for nausea. In 2014, Iranian researchers noted that there was no scientific evidence that lemon oil actually works. That's why they set up an investigation. At the end of this study, the scientists were able to confirm that lemon oil is indeed effective against morning sickness and vomiting. The study involved 100 pregnant women. Incidentally, the researchers also conclude that aromatherapy against morning sickness and vomiting does not offer a solution for everyone. Ginger is also an anti-nausea medicine. Drinking ginger tea or eating foods containing ginger can be a solution.

Lemon oil for pain and anxiety

  1. Research on rats shows that lemon oil can treat pain. The oil causes hormonal changes. The rats' feelings of fear also decreased a lot. The rats were exposed to the scent of lemon essential oil for two weeks. Research on rats does not mean that it automatically applies to humans, but it does provide an important indication.

Lemon oil for cavities

  1. Chinese research from 2013 shows that lemon essential oil is effective against the Streptococcus mutans bacteria. This is a bacterium that causes caries or cavities in the teeth. The researchers investigated the effectiveness of lemon oil on a glass surface and on an enamel surface in combination with saliva; that's another name for saliva. This last arrangement is very similar to teeth.

Lemon essential oil against dementia?

  1. Japanese researchers saw that dementia in laboratory animals caused by the substance scopolamine was alleviated by both lemon oil. The research was conducted in 2009. The researchers saw that the substances s-limonene and s-perillyl are effective against dementia. It is too early to say that lemon oil is a medicine for dementia. But there are many other studies that indicate that dementia is mainly related to incorrect nutrition. Thus, at the beginning of the third millennium, increasing evidence emerged that dementia is in fact a type of diabetes. Alzheimer's is also called type 3 diabetes or brain diabetes.

Lemon oil burns fat

  1. We know that lemons can contribute to reducing body weight. There is scientific evidence for this. This also applies to lemon peel. In 2003, Japanese researchers determined that lemon essential oil is also good for controlling body weight. The researchers did a study on sedated rats and saw that when rats smell lemon oil flavor, their sympathetic nervous system is activated. In line with the sympathetic system, lipolysis is also activated. Lipolysis is the process of burning fat, especially skin fat. There are many courses of lemon water aimed at burning fat. These diet regimens are based on scientific studies showing that lemon promotes fat burning.

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