For 10 days we are highlighting the top 10 most popular Essential Oils and their most common, everyday uses. We always stock these top 10 picks but there are so many more available!!
Did you ever wonder why almost all commercial cleaners are lemon scented? There is a reason for this. Lemon has anti-bacterial properties. Back when we made all of our cleaning products from scratch, we used fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil to sanitize our homes and workspaces. Did you know you can sanitize a cutting board by rubbing it with a lemon that has been cut in half? Did you know washing your floors with a lemon mixture keeps creepy crawly bugs out of your house? Lemon has many wonderful properties and uses!
Lemon comes from a small evergreen tree. It has thorns but it also has beautiful, fragrant white or pale pink flowers. The fruit is round or sometimes oval from Citrus limon or Citrus limonum. Lemons are bright yellow when they are ripe.
Lemons are native to India and Asia and grow wild in Mediterranean climates. Lemons are also cultivated in Guinea, Israel, Italy, North and South America.
The fresh lemon peels are cold-expressed to produce the pale greenish-yellow oil. The scent is fresh and light, sweet but also slightly sharp and tangy.
Because of lemon oil’s ability to sanitize surfaces and kill airborne germs, European hospitals use it to clean hospital rooms. Lemon can also enhance immunity (by stimulating white blood cell production) improving the body’s ability to combat infection. This makes it the perfect go to when you or a family member is sick. You can clean surfaces with lemon oil and also diffuse a few drops into the air in a diffuser to clean the air, helping stop the spread of colds and flu to other members of the household.
Lemon helps to counteract acidity in the body which is why many natural healthcare practitioners suggest beginning your day with a warm cup of lemon water. (Fresh lemon juice, not essential oil. Please do not ingest essential oils). There are many more benefits of adding fresh lemon juice to your diet.
Traditional aromatherapy uses tell us that we can use lemon in aromatherapy to uplift and focus the mind. To help with lack of focus, or low moods, diffuse 3 drops in a diffuser into the air in the home or workspace. You can also keep a bottle on hand and simply inhale the aroma any time you feel the need.
You can even get rid of warts with lemon essential oil. Apply a drop undiluted to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat up to 6 times daily until the wart drops off. Try to keep it covered with an adhesive bandage to help keep the oil in place an aid in penetration.
You can also diffuse lemon oil in the kitchen after cooking to clean the air and get rid of cooking smells. You can wipe down kitchen surfaces with lemon essential oil to sanitize and freshen.
Wearing a drop of lemon oil in diffuser jewelry can also help counteract sluggishness, chronic fatigue, and concentration problems. It improves clarity, concentration and recall. It is a wonderful alternative to Rosemary oil for those that don’t like the smell of rosemary.
Lemon oil, like all of the citrus oils should not be worn in the sun as they promote photosensitivity. That means that wearing lemon oil in the sun can cause hyper pigmentation, burns and other skin ailments.
Making your own natural cleaning products with lemon essential oil is a fabulous way to enjoy all of the benefits of this versatile oil.
Don’t forget that the suggestions here are in no way meant to replace medical treatment. If you are having any medical issues whatsoever, you should speak with a Doctor or other licensed medical practitioner. Speak to a Doctor or licensed medical practitioner before beginning any essential oil treatments or therapy.