Lemon is the most versatile oil that I use in my home. Literally we use it for everything! Cooking, cleaning, diffused, topically, for sickness, concentration, and even to aid in weight loss.
I like to start off our day by diffusing Joy and Lemon. 2-3 drops of each helps us to start our day on a good note and find focus from our groggy minds. When I homeschool my son, I do not always expect him to be seated “properly” in a desk. However, when it comes time for a test, and he needs to find focus, I will diffuse lemon or place a drop on a diffuser necklace for him. At seven years old, he knows that lemon works and even will ask for it to be applied or diffused.
When allergies start in Georgia, or should I say never end since our seasons are so bi-polar, we add lemon with lavender and peppermint. Either diffused, in a capsule, or in a spoonful of local honey. If my children or myself start to have the dark circles under our eyes from stuffy sinuses, I place a drop of lemon, peppermint, and lavender on the pad of a diffuser necklace. Within 15 minutes you can visibly tell that the darkness has decreased.
When cooking, I replace concentrated lemon juice with 3-4 drops of lemon. That’s it! No artificial flavors, just a boost of pure and natural lemon. If you are cooking fish, add a drop or two to the pan per filet.
Weight Loss Trio includes Lemon, Peppermint, and Grapefruit. Lemon plays it’s part by providing Vitamin C and antioxidants to aid in digestion and cleanse.
Lastly, I will talk about lemon essential oil and cleaning, because cleaning is the last thing on my mind for uses of essential oils. 1-2 drops can be used to remove gum, grease spots, or adhesives from most surfaces. Apply a drop directly to a laundry stain and then wash as usual to remove tough stains. Place 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to a glass spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
I hope you are able to use this versatile oil in many helpful ways. Post your favorite recipe or use in the comments below!