This clean smelling citrus essential oil is historically known for its stimulating properties. But Lemon essential oil is not only good for helping you make decisions and to improve concentration, it also cuts down on acidity in the body – thereby aiding digestion, and helping with the symptoms of rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
Lemon essential oil is pale yellow to slightly greenish-yellow, with a sharp, with a fresh smell nearly identical to the freshly peeled fruit. Lesser quality oils are often adulterated and extended by adding synthetic citral, as well as natural citral isolated from plants like lemongrass. Adulterated oils are often identified by their simple, one-dimensional lemon-like aroma or harsh, turpentine-like note. The sophisticated nuance of a freshly peeled lemon is the hallmark of authentic, cold-pressed lemon essential oil. The oil is cold-pressed because the high temperatures needed for steam distillation would destroy the subtle, fresh aroma of lemon oil, which is better preserved by cold-pressing the fresh peel. Cold-pressing will yield six to seven pounds of oil from one ton of fresh fruit.
The aromatic oil is antiseptic, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory as well as having decongestant properties.
Beyond the healing powers of lemon oil, it is also a powerhouse around your home. Try using it in these five fresh ways:
- Freshen the laundry. Laundry smelling less than fresh after leaving it in the washing machine too long? Freshen it with lemon oil. Cut a few squares of fabric (think old tee-shirt or something similar, flannel works great. But recycle, no need to go out and purchase fabric new.) Add a few drops of lemon oil to the square and viola, homemade, non-toxic dryer sheets!
- Disinfect and deodorize. Make your own all-purpose cleaner by adding 1 Tbsp. Borax, 2 Tbsp. White vinegar and 10 drops lemon oil to a spray bottle filled with 2 cups warm water. Shake well until the borax is completely dissolved. Use this non-toxic spray to tackle even the nastiest of messes.
- Preserve fresh fruit. Spray lemon oil directly on fresh-cut fruit to keep it fresh until serving time.
- Make dishes sparkle. Add a few drops of lemon oil along with the detergent in the dishwasher to keep dishes sparkling and spot-free.
- Control pesky garden pests. Control garden pests like aphids with a spray of lemon oil and water (you could also use peppermint oil). The spray acts as a natural pesticide which kills the aphids and their larvae but does not harm the plant.