I truly believe in the power of nature and the health benefits we can gain from using therapeutic grade essential oils. Essential oils are a great tool to have in your toolbox to help you proactively use nature in your every day life. Today we are going to shine the spotlight on lemon.
Lemon essential oil has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that supports our immune system. It’s a great source of Vitamin C and folate! Lemon also helps balance the pH levels in your stomach. What does that mean? It means it’s great for detoxification.
Fun fact: It takes 75 lemons to make one 15-ml bottle of Lemon essential oil!
In addition to the fresh and clean scent, lemon oil is essential to any home as it can be used added to your arsenal as a cleaning agent.
CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours. Also, due to the purity level of Young Living’s lemon essential oil, it’s best to only use in ceramic and/or glass containers.
Here are a few ways Young Living recommends using lemon essential oil:
1. Air Freshener: Put 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a glass bottle mixed with distilled water to use in bathroom as an air freshener.
2. Gum, Oil, Grease Spots and Crayons: Use 1-2 drops of Lemon oil to remove these from your walls, furniture or floors.
3. Varicose Veins: Rub several drops of Lemon oil on varicose veins.
4. Lemonade: For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 cups of pure water. Adjust to suite your own taste.
5. Callouses / Bunions / Warts: Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a corn, callous, bunion or wart mornings and evenings.
6. Prolong Life of Fresh Fruit: To clean and increase shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon
7. Counter Tops: Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter.
8. Dishcloths: Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon oil.
9. Public Bathrooms: Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
Although many people use this essential oil internally by adding to their water or drinks, I prefer the whole real lemon. With that said, lemon essential oil smells wonderful when diffused with lavender and peppermint or added to a DIY water/vinegar cleaning spray. How do you use lemon?
If you are interested in learning more about how you can tailor the use of essential oils to your life and for your needs contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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