A little Lemon Essential Oil Trivia
When I first tasted lemon essential oil, I was surprised that it did not taste as I expected. (Lemon is probably my favourite flavour, so I was intrigued.) I learned that the essential oil from the lemons (and other citrus essential oils) does not come from the fruit itself, but from the rind by a process called cold-pressing. (The use of the rind is the reason for the different taste.)
The rind is used because it is the most nutrient-dense portion of the fruit. Approximately 3,000 lemons are required to make 1 kilogram of lemon essential oil.
*Caution: All essential oils are not created equal. Not all essential oils can be ingested. Make sure that the oils you are using are certified pure therapeutic grade and the label indicates that it/they are safe to take internally.
10 Everyday Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
- Immune Support: Lemon essential oil is well known for its immune properties so it is a first choice for me when I feel a cold coming on. Rub it full strength, or dilute with some fractionated coconut oil to spread further, on the back of your neck anytime, and additionally on the soles of your feet at bedtime.
- Remove odours from your dishes: Garlic is often a difficult smell to get rid of on your storage containers (like mason jars). Add some dish detergent with a few drops of lemon essential oil to the offending dish (soaking if necessary) to remove that odour. For stubborn odours, rub the lemon oil full strength on the container.
- Add to your water for double duty: If you get bored with the plain taste of water, add a drop or two of lemon essential oil for a fresh new taste. The additional benefits (and perhaps the more important ones) are that lemon essential oil also assists with your digestive and respiratory systems (as well as the immune system as mentioned earlier).
(*Important note: Always use a glass container with any citrus essential oil. Never use a plastic cup/container as the oils are so concentrated that they will eat away the plastic.)
- 3 o’clock pick-me-up: Diffusing some lemon essential oil will give you a boost at that low time in the afternoon when you just need a kick-start. Mixing with Peppermint essential oil will really get your focus back on track.
- Long road trip: To keep your attention when on a long road trip, add a few drops of lemon essential oil (and peppermint too if you wish) to a cotton ball. Place the cotton ball in or near one of the air vents and everyone is the car will benefit from the fresh air, and you, as the driver, will maintain your focus on the road.
- Leather jacket or couch with a scratch? Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a cloth and rub on the marks on your jacket or furniture to bring a new glow to the object, thereby hiding the offending scar.
- Wood Polish: Make a spritzer concoction of ¼ cup of white vinegar, ¾ cup of fractionated coconut oil and 30 – 40 drops of lemon essential oil in a glass bottle – (see note above about glass containers) – to use to give your furniture a glossy shine.
- Permanent marker on a white board: Who hasn’t grabbed the wrong marker to write on a dry erase whiteboard and left your important note on the board permanently? Oops … Well, it’s lemon essential oil to the rescue. A few drops of the oil on a cloth and as you rub the board, watch that marker disappear before your eyes.
- A bright, white smile: A mixture of a little baking soda and lemon essential oil makes a great toothpaste and will naturally whiten your teeth over a bit of time.
- Natural disinfectant: In a small glass bottle, make a spritzer mix of 30 drops of lemon essential oil and 30 drops melaleuca (also known as tea tree) essential oil. Add some water and a bit of white vinegar and you have a great disinfectant spray for those countertops, shower tiles, door handles and anything else that strikes your fancy.