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Tue, April 1, 2014
Add a Little Zest To Your Life with Lemon Essential Oil
From cleaning to cooking to health related uses, lemon oil is a must-have. It smells great, tastes great, and provides so many health benefits. I hope you have a chance to pick up a bottle of this amazing essential oil and discover all of its many benefits and uses. 

The lemon plant itself offers some great benefits, but some of the best are its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties.

Lemon is well known for its ability to cleanse the body. There have been various documented uses and benefits of lemon including the treatment of various skin conditions, urinary tract infections, even varicose veins, anxiety, and insomnia, among many others. Lemon oil is high in vitamins, which makes for a great boost to your body’s immune system. It also helps your body’s circulation and reduces the production of free radicals. What does that mean? It’s great for reducing signs of aging!
Lemon is also widely known for its detoxification and cleansing strengths. It’s a natural born cleaner, for things like contaminated surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, your body and your foods.  Not so sure where your fruits and vegetables came from or what they might be sprayed with if they’re not organic? Give them a dose of fresh lemon juice – it’s a natural disinfectant!
For practical uses, lemon oil is one of the most versatile oils and definitely worth keeping around the house. There are far more than five uses, but here are some of my favorites!
  1. Add a couple drops of lemon oil to a glass of water or iced tea. This will make the beverage taste oh-so refreshing. Lemon oil also detoxifies the liver and will help your body flush out impurities. This will turn that normal glass of water or iced tea into an even healthier treat! Also, lemon oil is a natural disinfectant so it will kill any germs inside of the glass. Carry lemon oil in your purse and drop it in your water the next time you are at a restaurant instead of using those manhandled lemon wedges.
  1. Due to its disinfecting properties, lemon oil is great for cleaning and it will make your home smell wonderful. Add a couple drops of lemon oil to equal parts of vinegar and water for an instant household cleanser. It works well on all sorts of surfaces and floors too. The next time you vacuum, sprinkle a couple drops of lemon oil onto the vacuum filter before you get started. The air being pushed through the vacuum filter will force the scent into the home and make the house smell fresh and clean.
  1. Lemon oil is great for skin, hair, and nails too. If you have problems with corns, calluses, nail fungus, acne, or cold sores put lemon oil on a cotton swab and dab the affected area twice a day. The anti-microbial properties in the lemon oil will help heal these pesky skin issues fast.  Lemon oil also causes a brightening effect. Try adding a couple drops of lemon oil to your facial cleanser to brighten the skin or apply to scars to diminish them. Not too much though, and be sure to dilute with witch hazel, water or carrier oil, because lemon oil is also very acidic.
  1. Cooking with lemon oil is also a great idea. Any time a recipe calls for lemon juice, add lemon essential oil instead; but just a couple drops will be plenty. Essential oils are taken from the purest part of the plant, therefore they tend to be much more potent than the actual juice of a lemon. By using lemon oil in your cooking the flavor will be more robust and intense and you will get all of the health benefits lemon oil provides to the immune system.
  1. Lemon oil is a natural insect repellent. Combine a few drops of lemon oil with witch hazel or water in a spray bottle and use on your skin to ward off insects. Lemon oil is also a great flea repellent. Be sure not to use essential oils on cats, but dogs are fine. Combine a few drops of lemon oil with water, and spray on your puppy to keep fleas away from your beloved pooch. 
Lemon oil is Generally Regarded As Safe (GRAS – a designation created by the FDA) but it is photo sensitive so be sure to be aware of sun exposure for at least 24 hours after self application. It also could cause skin irritation and surface harm if it’s not diluted or if it is used over extended periods of time, so always be sure you understand the dilution you need and how your body or surfaces react.

And don’t forget, when choosing essential oils, particularly those coming in contact with your skin or that you’re ingesting, be sure you understand how to select essential oils that have high standards of purity. Within the U.S. there really is no regulation in place to govern what consumers often hear described as “therapeutic grade”, so do your homework! We’ll leave you with a few quick tips:
  1. Organic oils are typically higher quality and superior to non-organic oils.
  2. Be wary of descriptive terms. Terms like “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” are lesser quality oils and not reflective of what you’ll desire, particularly for lemon essential oil. Similarly, “pure essential oil” can be used to describe both high quality manufactured oils as well as very low quality oils.
  3. As with all things – the quality of the final product is produced from high quality intermediate materials. What kinds of seeds are used for the crops, how are the crops maintained, how are they harvested, what is the distillation process, etc.?
Enjoy the journey and freshen up your life with a little high quality, lemon essential oils this spring!

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