Not so Known Uses of Lemon Essential Oil

Not so Known Uses of Lemon Essential Oil

Let's talk about Lemon Essential Oil and what it can do for you.  

Pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting. Preliminary clinical research shows that lemon essential oil might be able to reduce pregnancy-induced nausea and vomiting if used as needed over a 4-day period. Lemon essential oil can be used in inhalation tubes or simplest way would be to put 2 drops of lemon essential on a cotton ball and hold the cotton ball close to the nose for at least 3 full breaths. This could be practiced as needed when nausea occurs for up to 4 days. (PMID:24829772)

Radiation exposure. Preliminary clinical research in patients with thyroid cancer suggests that lemon and ginger essential oil blend may decrease damage to the salivary gland due to radiation exposure. 2 weeks before the radioactive iodine therapy patients were advised to take a 10-minute aromatherapy bath with lemon and ginger essential oils before meals for 2 weeks and results suggest that the blend may be effective in the prevention of radiation treatment-related salivary gland disorder. PMID:28042578

Anti-allergic effects: There is growing interest in using lemon essential oil formulas as nasal sprays. Laboratory research supports this use and finds that lemon inhibits histamine release and stimulates the production of inflammatory mediators(1).

When one talks about lemon essential oil it is vital to note that Lemon oil contains furocoumarin derivatives and is known to cause phototoxicity. This tells us that lemon essential oil is one of the oils that should not be applied to the skin prior to sun exposure. As always, this content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice.

Consult a NAHA Certified Aromatherapist to find out how Aromatherapy can safely and effectively contribute to your wellness.



1- Mitoshi, M., Kuriyama, I., Nakayama, H., Miyazato, H., Sugimoto, K., Kobayashi, Y. ... Mizushina, Y. (2014). Suppression of allergic and inflammatory responses by essential oils derived from herbal plants and citrus fruits. International Journal of Molecular Medicine, 33, 1643-1651.

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