Lemon Oil: Using lemon oil for water purification January 23 2014

Lemon essential oil (citrus limonium) is often referred to as nature’s disinfectant. Lemon 
oil is antibacterial, anti-viral and also a unique edible antiseptic (meaning it reduces the 
growth of unwanted bacteria and can also be ingested). Historically, lemon oil has been 
used to fight a wide range of ailments, including food poisoning, malaria, typhoid, and 
scurvy, among others. It was at times even used as an antidote for certain poisons. 
Because of its antibacterial agents, lemon oil can help to purify water so that it is safe 
enough to drink. In addition, it adds an invigorating citrus flavor with added digestive 
benefits. 
How to purify water with lemon oil:Days Island 100% pure lemon oil
Lemon oil is best used to purify water when added at the time of use. There has been 
minimal research on the long-term storage potential of water that has been treated with 
lemon oil, particularly with the potential of an interaction of the oil with plastic containers. 
It should also be noted that for water that is completely untreated, such as in the 
wilderness, it is most safely used in conjunction with boiling the water at high heat for a 
minimum of 1 minute. 
Add 1-2 drops per 8 ounces of water, stirring thoroughly and allowing to blend for at least 
one minute prior to consumption. 
Use 2-5 drops of lemon oil diluted in about 8 ounces of water to help clean and disinfect 
wounds. 
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, 
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any 
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or 
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective 
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.