Lemon 101: How to Use Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil has a strong, fresh & citrusy scent that is uplifting & energising.  Like all citrus Essential Oils, diffusing Lemon doesn't just mask unpleasant odours, rather Lemon Essential Oil neutralises bed smells as it purifies the air.

Limonene is the chemical in Lemon Essential Oil that gives it that familiar lemon scent.  This Essential Oil is made by cold pressing lemon peels.  There are also steam distilled version of Lemon Essential Oil on the market, however, cold pressing is a much more effective method of extraction.  Lemon Essential Oil can range from a pale-yellow colour to a deep-yellow & is a very strong top note.

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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil can be used to create a very effective household surface cleaner with a lovely fresh scent.  For best results, mix 40-50 drops of Lemon Essential Oil into a spray bottle with 20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, water & 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.

For allergy sufferers, diffuse 5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil with 4 drops of Lavender, & 2 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. 

Lemon Essential Oil is great for prolonging the life of leather furniture & clothing.  Put 20-30 drops of oil onto a soft cloth & rub it into the leather.

For lightly-tarnished silver, add 20-30 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to warm water & use a soft cloth to wash away the tarnish.

Lemon Essential Oil is carminative & can be used to ease stomach upset, relieve gas, & reduce acid reflux.  When you've got a bit of tummy troubles, add 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 250ml of water & drink the mixture immediately.

Lemon is also a great way to assist your body in cleansing & detoxifying.  Add 4-5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 1 teaspoon of honey, & mix into 250ml of warm water to assist your body in cleansing your live, kidneys & digestive system.

Try diffusing 6-7 drops of Lemon Essential Oil when you need to focus or concentrate.  For a more powerful blend, add 4-5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil.

For immune-support, add 2-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to 250ml of water every morning & drink immediately.  You can also massage 2-3 drops of Lemon Oil into the bottoms of your feet every night to easily absorb the Oil's rich vitamin content into your body.

Lemon Essential Oil can be used to keep sliced fruit from turning brown.  Add a few drops of Lemon Oil into a spray bottle of water, & lightly mist your fruit to keep it looking delicious.

To create natural-looking highlights in your hair, add 30-40 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a spray bottle with water, & mist your hair before going out into the sun.

Precautions: Note that, like all citrus Essential Oils, Lemon will induce photosensitivity which will cause your skin to sunburn very easily. If you are applying Lemon Essential Oil topically, avoid direct sunlight.

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