Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lemon Essential Oil ~


Everyday Essential Oils and Their Uses: Lemon


If you are looking for an invigorating and refreshing essential oil, then lemon is what you need. Lemon essential oil is derived from the rind of lemons. It takes 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo of this amazing, refreshing oil. Lemon oil works primarily with the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems, promoting healthy function in the body. Its sharp and sweet scent is undeniable, and one of the easier oils to discriminate quality by aroma.
Emotionally and spiritually, lemon essential oil promotes focus and clarity. It’s uplifting effects awaken the senses, clear the mind of distractions, and help a person tune in to the task at hand. It helps a person to overcome confusion or doubt, fatigue, overwhelm, and lack of enthusiasm, as well as helps to clear self-doubt, limiting beliefs, stagnant energy, and rigidness in the mind, heart, or body.

Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

In the home:

  • Combine 2–3 drops of lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
  • Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of natural carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.
  • Use as a stain remover for laundry. Use 1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil to remove stains on laundry.
  • Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces. Best natural Goo-Gone!
  • Place a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator, or garbage can to help eliminate odors.
  • Add lemon essential oil to baking soda and water and use as an all natural soft scrub.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruits and vegetables, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. Place produce in water, stir around so all surfaces come in contact with the lemon.
  • Soak dish clothes in a bowl of water with 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil overnight to kill germs.
  • Add to water or a smoothie for a refreshing pick-me-up. (SO tasty and uplifting!)
  • For a natural furniture polish, add several drops to a half cup of olive oil or beeswax.

For the body:

  • Place a drop of lemon essential oil on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  • Soothe corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing lemon essential oil on the affected area morning and evening.
  • Massage lemon essential oil into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.
  • Add lemon essential oil to a cup of water in the morning for a detoxifying and pH balancing drink.
  • Add several drops of lemon essential oil to a chicken marinade for a delicious dinner.
  • For a natural hand sanitizer, rub a drop on your hands. Lemon is incredibly effective against germs!
  • Combine lemon with a small amount of coconut oil and use as a wrinkle reducing moisturizer.
  • Apply a drop of lemon oil to the tongue to freshen breath.
  • Reduce the discomfort of heartburn by massaging lemon oil across the arches and pads of the feet and down the throat, sternum and stomach.

For the mind:

  • Increase brain function and stimulate neurons by diffusing lemon essential oil for study or testing.
  • Inhale lemon essential oil or place a few drops on a cotton ball to replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Place a drop in your hands to inhale, rub a drop into long or short hair, or diffuse through the room during times to uplift the spirits.

Cautions When Using Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is photosensitive. This means that lemon oil can cause the skin to burn if exposed to sunlight after applying the oil. Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 24 hours.
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