One of the most versatile essential oils (EO), Lemon (Citrus limon) refreshes in the summer, brightens in the winter, offers detox properties and is a house-hold cleaning staple.
Additionally, it’s affordable and easy to use, just be sure to always use organically grown, therapeutic-grade, sustainably harvested essential oils that adhere to the strictest standards and verify products are tested regularly and throughout the entire process from soil, planting, growing, harvesting, distilling, processing and bottling. (For example, the Young Living 15 ml bottle comes in at just over $15 while the Vitality 5 ml bottle, for culinary/consumption, is under $9. A 15 ml bottle averages about 360 drops of EO)!
Honestly, I start every day with a few drops of Lemon EO in warm water. It’s a great way to wake-up the digestive tract and provides a little detox before dropping more food or beverages in the system.
Throughout the day, it’s a great refresher in cool water and there are so many options to adding it to adult beverages, baked goods and Paleo “fat bombs” to boost metabolism. When it's cold outside, it can be added to warm water for a soothing sip, or even to your favorite teas.
Cold-pressed from the rinds, Lemon EO offers a bright aroma that is cheerful, sweet and nostalgic. It can eliminate odors (summer trash cans or winter basements) and infuse your home with a clean, lemon-drop scent that may boost your mood.
Adding a drop to an evening moisturizer can reduce the appearance of blemishes (citrus oils like lemon can cause photosensitivity so be cautious about sun exposure after applying to your skin - wait 2 hours between application/use and exposure to sun). A few drops in your hair conditioner adds a refreshing scent that also smooths and shines the look of hair.
Beyond all this, it’s a terrific, non-toxic, “smells-great” cleaning agent – just avoid using on granite or stone as it may etch the surface, especially if the counter/floor has not been sealed.
Lemon EO is also a great detox for most animals (start with a low and slow exposure like diffusion or a drop on your hands before petting pets and please use with caution around felines as their systems can’t process citrus oils as well as other animals can). Another option is to rub a drop between your hands and then pet your dogs as a flea-away option.
Again, there are a multitude of ways to enjoy this zesty oil:
With the temps soaring this summer, you'll want to try this refreshing, healthy, thirst-quenching lemonade that's all natural!
You could also freeze this into popsicles and, for the over 21 crowd, this would be lovely as an adult beverage with some vodka, gin or prosecco!
If you’re a fan of Lemon EO, it’s also found in blends like Citrus Fresh, Clarity, Joy and Harmony.
To learn more about Lemon EO and Young Living oil-infused products, please visit www.BlossomWithOils.net.
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