My Top 7 Ways To Use Lemon Essential Oil
We are coming into the festive season where we tend to indulge a little which can upset our digestive and immune system, having this citrusy uplifting oil on hand gives you something natural to support your gut and immune system. Lemon essential oil has anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti fungal, antioxidant and antiviral properties….Yep, WOW! Lemon oil is also gentle enough to use for babies, just dilute 1-2 drops in about a tablespoon of carrier oil.
You can use this oil aromatically, topically and internally. Please remember that there is no governing body for essential oils, so it is really important that you only use a brand that stands behind their purity claim and vigorously test their oils. Where do I start with our gentle warrior oil?
- How about straight up, first thing in the morning, when we prepare our warm lemon drink. Why use the essential oil for this I hear you ask. Well, I am actually one of those people that has trouble digesting lemon juice; it was just too harsh for my gut. I now know that the juice and pulp contains citric acid where as the essential oil is cold pressed from the rind and it does not contain the citric acid, making it a much gentler option for tummies and teeth! Our whole family loves to have warm lemon drink before eating anything in the morning to wake up the digestive system, even hubby is a convert! Add a drop of Lemon Essential oil to warm (not boiling or hot) water and enjoy. By simply adding a drop of lemon oil in water when travelling you will also aid in sanitising your drinking water (plus it tastes yummy).
- Travelling? You need to keep some lemon oil with you to cleanse your nasal passages. Placing a drop of lemon oil in the palms of your hands and inhaling deeply will help fight airborne pathogens on planes which can make their way into your body through your nasal passages. This will also make an all natural hand sanitiser…you don’t need chemical nasties hindering your immune system which are found in over-the-counter hand sanitisers and hand wash. We happily use this for our children in the same way also.
- Diffuse lemon oil daily for a gentle yet powerful air cleanser. This is especially helpful for providing protection during times when you are caring for someone who is ‘under the weather’ (and for your patient also).
- It is also useful to diffuse lemon for those needing respiratory support. For little ones you can dilute a drop of Lemon oil in about a tablespoon of carrier oil and massage over the chest, back and under the feet for added respiratory support. Speaking of airways and respiratory support, Lemon goes together really well with Lavender and Peppermint essential oils to help with Spring related threats…when our eyes, nose and throat might itch, read my recent blog for more information on this.
- Diffusing is also useful for emotional support. Lemon oil is uplifting and invigorating and when diffused it facilitates mental focus. We like to diffuse this during our afternoon homework sessions with some Wild Orange and/or Frankincense.
- Are you looking to switch to natural cleaners in order to avoid harsh synthetic chemicals which wreak havoc on our body’s systems? I hope you are! It is simple to make an All Purpose Cleaner with Lemon Essential oil. You can use Lemon Essential oil on its own OR you can make up your own blend with 10 drops Lemon, 10 drops Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Tea Tree oil in a glass spray bottle and fill with a cup of demineralised or distilled water. Give your concoction a shake and enjoy the refreshing and uplifting aromas as you naturally sanitise the surfaces in your home. Are there budding artists in your home? Lemon essential oil can remove black marker on your walls, with a little bit of elbow grease.
- Food preparation, remember all those amazing ‘anti’ properties, well if you use this oil in raw food recipes then you will be receiving all those potent health benefits! Here are some ways to add Lemon oil to your food:
- A simple salad dressing – Balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, pinch of salt, a couple of drops of lemon oil and one drop of oregano, rosemary, basil or thyme oil and shake it up. Sometimes I’ll add in a teaspoon of Dijon too.
- In baking – This cookie recipe is from the lovely Ali Frendin over Fitlypt it’s gluten free, dairy free and sugar free OMG yum, thank you Ali for this one!
- In smoothies – Smoothies are of course raw so remember all those powerful ‘anti’ properties will be maintained. We add 2 –4 drops of lemon oil into our batch. When I make smoothies it’s for four boys so adjust your drops accordingly. A good place to start is with just one drop and then increase to suit your own taste.
- In bliss balls – experiment by adding several drops of Lemon Essential oil to your favourite bliss ball recipe.
I know I have listed more than 7 ways to use this oil but I have tried to group the information for you and give you my top ways of using this gem of an oil. Lemon Essential Oil is so versatile and can be used by young and old to sanitise, uplift and support our gut and immune system.
And where did I find all this information I hear you say? Well, a great place to start is the Modern Essentials Book which I give away as a gift when you order oils with me. I also run online and in home natural health workshops which is a great way to learn more with likeminded which generates a wealth of topics to be addressed.
If you think you could benefit from the book and what you’ve read send me an email and I would be happy to chat with you about natural health care for your family.
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