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
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
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.