Lemon is the top-selling doTERRA essential oil–and for good reason! It has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon has powerful cleaning properties and can purify surfaces and the air, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When you add lemon to water, it provides a refreshing boost throughout the day. Lemon can be added to food to enhance its flavor. You can also take Lemon internally for cleansing and digestive benefits and to support healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood. At only $10 wholesale, it doesn’t get much cheaper than that for super high-quality wellness!
There are so many uses for lemon essential oil, it’s hard to know where to start, so I’ll just jump in!
Cleaning: I’d be remiss not to mention Lemon’s powerful cleaning and disinfecting properties. A little while back, Lauren posted about cleaning with essential oils and of course Lemon came up! Read about that here. Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. More specifically, you can add about 20-40 drops of oil to a regular 16 oz. spray bottle along with 1/4 cup white vinegar and fill the rest with distilled water. Tada! A completely toxin-free all-purpose spray you could literally bathe your kids in (if you wanted to). 😀 This also adds a sheen and disinfectant to wood–try combining a few drops with olive oil to clean and protect wood surfaces–it’s especially good for cutting boards because the products are food-safe. It also works particularly well in keeping silver from tarnishing and works well on leather products, too.
Diffusing: Since this oil is just like the smell of fresh lemons, it’s perfect to diffuse on a day when you’re feeling in a funk or when your house smells like funk. Since it cleanses the air, it actually gets rid of the odor by eradicating the bacteria that’s causing it, rather than just masking the smell like commercial air fresheners. Lemon pairs well with doTERRA Breathe Respiratory blend, Frankincense, Geranium, Peppermint, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Taking Internally for Body Cleansing: Taking lemon essential oil is one of the most powerful cleansing and natural things you could do for your body, and it’s so easy to incorporate into your day! You can add this to your water, carbonated water, orange juice or even your coffee! I know it sounds crazy but it’s actually pretty good. :] Just make sure you’re using a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container to drink out of–lemon is so powerful it will pull the toxins straight out of plastic–just like it does with your body! I was out of it in the hospital once and added lemon essential oil to some tea I was drinking out of a styrofoam cup and watched as the lemon dissolved the styrofoam before my eyes! It was pretty crazy but just goes to show you how powerful it is.
Cleaning and Freshening Laundry: It’s super easy to throw a drop of this in the washing machine with your whites, especially towels and undies, and it will really help to freshen them up. I like to throw a couple drops in the dryer with lavender and my wool dryer balls. It’s not a strong scent you’re left with but the subtle freshness is honestly exactly what I’m looking for. The other thing you can do is make up a “laundry and fabric spritz” in a glass spray bottle with 10 drops lemon, 10 drops lavender and 10 drops wild orange and just spritz the towels in your linen closet once a week to keep things smelling fresh. This would also work nicely on couches, chairs, rugs and beds, just make sure if you have pets (especially cats) that you’re not spraying this where they like to hang out because they really hate citrus essential oils. Trust me on that one.
Improves Digestion: As far as how to take this internally for digestion, I would say as a first line of defense you should be drinking it in a glass of water every morning–a splash of raw apple cider vinegar wouldn’t hurt, either. However, if you are experiencing stomach upset, I’d try two things. The first thing I’d probably suggest is taking a bit of fractionated coconut oil and rubbing a few drops of that together on your abdomen. The other thing I might try, is if you have any empty veggie caps, you can put a few drops in the capsule and take it just like a supplement. If you need to get veggie caps, this is the best place to get them.
Purifies Skin: Ok I know this sounds crazy but I just put 1-2 drops of undiluted lemon essential oil straight onto my face after I’ve cleansed and moisturized and it has been doing amazing things for my skin! It feels 100% pH balanced when I do it. I hadn’t heard of people using it on their face, I just thought of doing it because I used to do this face mask with fresh lemons and honey and it worked really well with my skin, but it took a while to do and it was pretty messy (I’d always get the honey in my hair). I can’t promise this route will be the best for everyone, especially if you have sensitive skin, but give it a try if you’re gutsy. If you do it and it burns, wipe your face off with coconut oil immediately and that should help get off any excess. You should also make sure you’ve got at least 12 hours where you won’t be going out into the sun excessively when putting any citrus oil on exposed skin. Citrus oils are photo-sensitive and will cause your skin to burn more easily! Perfect to do on a Friday night when you’re planning on sleeping in on Saturday (i.e. NOT planning a pool day).
Soothes Sore Throat and Cough: This one really works and is easy to incorporate as well! Just add 1-3 drops to your hot tea with raw honey and you’ll definitely feel the soothing effects right away.
Improves Your Mood: It never fails, I just feel happy when I diffuse lemon! It’s not just ME, either. Lots of research has been done on how lemon essential oil works with our brain to release oxytocin. You can use it diluted on your skin, spritz it in your hair or on your clothes or try it on a diffuser bracelet or necklace. Keep lemon nearby and use it when moodiness or sadness strikes.
Eases Allergies: Seasonal allergies have really been getting me down lately. One combination that really helps is lemon, lavender and peppermint, one drop of each rubbed into the palm of my hands and inhaled deeply through the nose. Do this several times over and enjoy the soothing effects it has on your nasal passages and sinuses.
Well, I hope this is helpful to you as you begin to incorporate lemon essential oil into your daily wellness routine!
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