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If you were to ask me “What’s something that has been life changing in your life?” one of my replies would be essential oils.

Just a few years ago, I began using essential oils as part of my healing from fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.  As I began to learn more about them, I started using them for so much more.

Today, I want to share with you some information on Lemon Essential Oil.  It’s one of the most popular oils because it has so many uses and I’ll be sharing those in just a bit.  In the meantime though, let’s learn how this oil originated.

The lemon tree is a small evergreen tree, that grows up to around 18 foot tall and has serrated, oval leaves, stiff thorns and white fragrant flowers.  It produces an oval shaped fruit which is initially green and later turns to yellow when it’s ripe.  The fruit is very aromatic and has a pale yellow rind.  It’s very juicy and very tart with an acidic pulp.  Depending on the variety, the peel is either smooth or rough.  The peel is where the oil comes from.

Because some people are sensitive, lemon essential oil might cause a dermal irritation or sensitization reaction in some individuals.  Always use caution, dilute if need be, use in moderation and avoid direct sunlight.

Some of the many ways that you can use lemon essential oil are…

  • Diffusing it.  This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy.  A simple diffuser like this one works great!
  • Via massage.  It can help circulation, blood viscosity, decrease plaque in the arteries, reduce cholesterol, help heal broken capillaries and reduce nosebleeds.
  • In a bath.  It can help improve concentration and clear your thinking by reducing fatigue and indecision.
  • On your silver. It’s a great remedy for the early states of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • As a disinfectant.  Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood finishes.
  • As a leather cleaner. Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • In greasy hair. Add four drops to wet hands, apply to freshly washed hair, then rinse. Reduces shampooing frequency & gives shine.
  • As a Window Cleaner: Mix 50% water, 50% vinegar, and 10-20 drops lemon oil. Spray on windows, mirrors, or stainless steel. Wipe off with paper towels for a streak-free shine.
  • To help treat acne.  Mix 10-15 drops lemon oil with two ounces of jojoba cream to clear skin blemishes.
  • The methods above are just a small sampling of what you can do with lemon essential oil.  In addition to using alone, it can be blended with other oils.  Some I personally like to use are lavender, peppermint, bergamot and grapefruit.  I’ve pinned hundreds of essential oil recipes on my Pinterest board that you can reprint and make at your leisure.

    Do you have ways that you use lemon essential oils?  Do share.  Our community is always looking for new ideas and ways to live healthy.

    With Love,

    Laura

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