Oil of the Week: Lemon
Posted by Jennifer Triassi, Yoga Instructor and Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor
With all the talk of New Year’s resolutions and fresh starts this week, I thought the perfect essential oil to showcase would be Lemon!
Emotionally and spiritually, lemon essential oil promotes focus and clarity. It’s uplifting scent awakens the senses, clears the mind of distractions, and helps a person focus on the task at hand! It can also be helpful to overcome confusion or doubt, fatigue, and lack of enthusiasm!
Lemon is so very versatile, and it’s one of the popular oils in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. In fact, it was the first oil I ran out of when I purchased my first kit! So many uses throughout the entire house; I never thought I would be brightening my complexion with the very same thing I use to clean my glass stove-top. This is some powerful stuff, yet 100% natural and gentle enough to use on my skin!
Here are some of the many ways it can be used:
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 rejuvenate 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 of anxiety.
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. Combine lemon with a small amount of coconut oil and use as a wrinkle reducing moisturizer. Diffuse lemon oil for 15 to 20 minutes in the bedroom before bedtime to soothe a cough. Apply a drop of lemon oil to the tongue to freshen breath. Lemon oil promotes healing and decreases likelihood of infection when using a small amount on the site of the bite or sting. Add a very small dab directly to the cold sore. Dilute it with coconut oil and use it as a lip balm to prevent cold sores during common times of flareup. To ease constipation dilute 1 drop of lemon essential oil to 5-10 drops of coconut oil and massage in a gentle clockwise direction over the abdomen. Reduce the discomfort of heartburn by massaging lemon oil across the arches and pads of the feet and down the throat, sternum and stomach.
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. Add 10-15 drops to water and use as a stain remover for laundry. Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces. 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. For a natural furniture polish, add several drops to a half cup of olive oil or beeswax.