Lemon oil is sometimes referred to as “Liquid Sunshine”, and for good reason. It is versatile, with a well-established history for its use. It’s an aromatic powerhouse, useful for everything from disinfecting surfaces to lifting the mood. Lemon oil, as with most citrus oil, is not steam distilled, as are most other essential oils; instead, it is cold pressed, to preserve its delicate natural essence. Under extreme pressure, the rind reluctantly gives up the liquid sunshine, in its untainted, wholesome form. Like all pure essential oils, lemon has a complete chemical profile, just as it did in nature. Among its chemical constituents, one of the most impressive is limonene. Limonene has been extensively researched for its protective influence to cells Lemon oil offers many possibilities for health improvement, due to its defensive attributes, which can easily be distributed throughout the body, even to its very core — your cells! One of the easiest ways to receive lemon oil’s remarkable properties, is through diffusion or direct inhalation. It can also be applied to the bottom of the feet, or added to a glass of water, as a purifier and for a quick energizing boost. What can lemon oil do?
▪ It is an antiseptic and antibacterial agent ▪ It can aid in healing respiratory infections and can provide relief from sore throats or coughs when combined with warm water and honey. ▪ It can help reduce inflammation ▪ It can improve circulation ▪ It has a pleasant & sweet aroma which can be uplifting ▪ It strengthens fingernails ▪ It can be used as insect repellent
20 practical ways to use lemon oil
1. Mix 6 drops of lemon oil in a spray bottle, along with distilled water, shake well to disperse the oil. Use it to help freshen the air. 2. To remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon, rub with 1-2 drops of lemon oil. 3. For corns, callouses or bunions, rub on a drop of lemon oil, mornings and evenings. 4. To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water. If you have an apple, and only want to eat half of it at that time, you can also put a drop of lemon oil on the part you want to save. It will prevent oxidation (browning) of the fruit, and adds a really nice flavor to the apple. 5. To sterilize cutting boards, counter tops, cupboards and tabletops, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil to water and spray them. Or, add the oil to a pan of water, soak a cloth in it for wiping down surfaces. 6. To disinfect and kill germs, soak your dishcloths or shoes in in a bowl of water with 1-5 drops of lemon oil. 7. Add a drop of lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle. 8. Mixing several drops of lemon oil into baking soda, and sprinkling it over the carpet before vacuuming is also very effect Rub a drop of lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom. 9. Use a paper towel, soaked with several drops of lemon oil, to sanitize bathroom fixtures. 10. Place a drop of lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers, to lessen pain and aid healing. 11. Put a drop of lemon oil on gums that are bleeding due to gingivitis or tooth extraction. 12. Put a drop of lemon oil on oily skin or acne, to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands). It offers other benefits for the skin, and can be added to lotions or creams to improve skin tone and texture. 13. Rub two drops of lemon oil topically onto the feet, to clear athlete’s foot. 14. Rub several drops of lemon oil on varicose veins, to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins. 15. Rub a drop of lemon oil on a wart, morning and night, until it disappears. 16. Rub several drops of lemon oil on cellulite, to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells. 17. Use 1 drop of lemon oil to add flavor to baked goods or beverages. 18. For homemade lemonade, mix 2 drops of lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water in a blender. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste. 19. Rub a drop of lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces. Note: Citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.
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