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How to Make Lemon Oil at Home

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Lemon oil is a natural oil with therapeutic benefits. Health experts rated it as the best antimicrobial agent and this article will teach you how to make lemon oil from the comfort of your home.

Lemon oil has often been used for household cleaning because of it’s clean and fresh fragrance. In addition to that, it is used for treatment of skin ailments like acne and also for treating stomach ailments.

Benefits of Lemon Oil

Some of the health benefits of lemon oil include but not limited to;

  • Lemon oil is effective for the treatment of acne.
  • It is also used for skin lightening.
  • Another important benefit is the prevention premature aging.
  • Lemon oil is used to remove cellulite.
  • It also aids in reducing skin roughness or patches.
  • It can be used as insect repellent.
  • Lemon oil can serve as disinfectant.
  • Lemon oil also helps in reducing excess skin oiliness.

How to Make Lemon Oil

Lemon oil is one of the easiest essential oils to make. Just few household materials are needed but it is time consuming and it requires a whole lot of patience.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon
  • Olive oil or coconut oil
  • Flavorings if you are making the oil for cooking but it is optional
  • Veggie peeler
  • Mesh strainer and
  • A jar.

I will give three methods on how to make lemon oil and you can choose which is most convenient for you.

lemon oil

1. The Hot Process (also known as The Quick Method)

  • Wash and dry the lemons.
  • Using the veggie peeler, peel off the yellow skin of the lemons. Ensure not to peel the white pith with it.
  • Place the peels in a pot and add coconut oil to it. The oil and the peels should be at the same level in the pot.
  • Place the pot on a light simmer for about 5 minutes and set aside for 6 hours so the oil can meld.
  • Finally, using the mesh strainer, strain the oil from the peels and pour the oil in a jar for storage. The oil can be stored in a refrigerator or in a dark cabinet.

Note: olive oil is not used for this process because of oxidation.

2. Cold Process Method Using Coconut Oil

  • Wash and dry the lemons.
  • Using the veggie peeler, peel off the yellow skin of the lemons. Ensure not to peel the white pith with it.
  • Place the peels in a jar and add coconut oil enough to cover.
  • Place the jar in a sunny window for 2 weeks. Ensure to shake it everyday for the 2 weeks.
  • Using the mesh strainer, strain the oil from the peels and pour the oil in a jar. Store the oil in a refrigerator or a dark cabinet.

3. Cold Process Method Using Olive Oil

  • Wash and dry the lemons.
  • Using the veggie peeler, peel off the yellow skin of the lemons. Ensure not to peel the white pith while peeling the skin.
  • Place the peels snugly in a jar and add olive oil enough to cover.
  • Seal the jar tightly and place it in a dark cabinet for 2 months. Ensure to shake the jar every 2 days during the 2 months period.
  • Using the mesh strainer, strain the oil from the peels and pour the oil in a jar. The oil can be stored in a refrigerator or a dark cabinet.

For further details about the health benefits of lemon oil, a complete direction on how to apply it and also the precautions to follow when using it, read Benefits of Lemon oil and how to use lemon oil.

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