Lemon oil is an astringent – meaning that it constricts bodily tissues when applied topically. For this reason, Lemon oil may be used for deep cleansing of the skin while also shrinking pores. Terrific for oily skin types, Lemon oil acts as a natural toner that reduces the amount of sebum (oily or waxy substances) produced by the sebaceous glands. Since overactive sebaceous glands are a major cause of acne, cysts, hyperplasia, and other inflammations of the skin, adding Lemon oil to your daily skin care regimen can help heal and prevent breakouts.
- ½ cup of water
- ½ cup of witch hazel
- 40 drops of Lemon essential oil
Use as you would any skin toner or astringent.
Lemon Oil Precautions
Like many citrus essential oils, Lemon oil is phototoxic. This means that when an essential oil is applied topically, exposure to sunlight (UV rays to be exact) causes the skin to become hyper-sensitive and burn much more easily. It is recommended to stay out of direct sunlight for at least 12 hours after using Lemon oil on the skin.
From: Natural Living Ideas
Almost anyone can enjoy the benefits of an aromatherapy oil, but certain individuals, such as pregnant women, persons with allergies, and those with respiratory conditions such as asthma should only use essential oils for aromatherapy under the guidance of a trained professional.
Keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated botanical extracts and should never be ingested or applied to skin at full strength. Consult a professional aromatherapist or an accredited reference on aromatherapy for advice on these uses.