The second of the must have oils in your house after lavender is of course lemon. I use it in my drinking water – cooking, diffusing, cleaning… it’s uses are endless!
Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.
The d-limonene content of lemon essential oil is the soul of its restorative nature. Used traditionally as a cleanser, disinfectant, and purifying agent, lemon essential oil has long been utilized in cleaning. But when it comes to health of the body, its properties lend itself to skin care and its fresh, natural scent lifts and re-energizes the spirit. Used as an antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, or astringent, lemon essential oil really has it all.
Antioxidants combat free radicals – or oxidants – within the body, thereby enhancing overall health. While many oxidants are caused by environmental or external factors (ie, pollution, smoking, etc.), some oxidants are the direct result of normal reactions within the body, like aerobic respiration and inflammation. Whatever the case, the body requires antioxidants to destroy these free radicals, so that they don’t lead to disease. Essential oils – like lemon – provide the body with much needed antioxidants to combat free radicals and repair their damage.
Lemon also offers antiviral properties that will fortify the immune system, strengthening your body’s natural defenses against colds, mumps, measles, and any other virus-producing foreign invaders that are itching to wreak havoc on your health. Antivirals often do this by boosting white blood cell count – those immune system cells that are there to protect.
Antibacterial products protect against infections and diseases caused by – you guessed it – bacteria. This includes bacteria that invade the digestive, urinary, and respiratory tract, as well as oral bacteria that can damage dental health. Lemon’s antibacterial activity does not impact the natural flora in the intestines and stomach, but only combats the damaging bacteria that may have invaded.
Fungi can infect a person externally or internally and produce more fatalities than other types of infection. The nose, throat, and ears are most at risk for infection. if left untreated, the issue can spread to the brain. Lemon essential oil fortifies the body’s natural defenses against fungi and the infections they cause. That makes this oil a superior combatant against foreign invaders.
Astringents are compounds that shrink body tissue, which can be especially beneficial when it comes to skin issues, like acne or bug bites. Astringents don’t stop at the skin, however; they support and strengthen muscle, hair, and even the intestines, protecting against loss of important bodily tissue. Lemon is a powerful astringent, which means it can fortify all of the above.
Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
- Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.
- 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.
- Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
- Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
- Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.
Directions for Use
Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
See additional precautions below.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.
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