Lemon* (citrus limon) essential oil has antiseptic properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. is inexpensive and can be used for a wide variety of applications! WARNING: Be careful with direct contact to the skin as it can be photosensitizing. Don't expose skin to the sun if it has had lemon applied to it in the past 72 hours.
Make sure you are using therapeutic grade essential oils! Any oil stating only for external use are not therapeutic grade and should not be used on the body. The following tips that have to do with body application are only for people using therapeutic grade oils. The household tips are ok to follow using other grades of lemon.
Following are 5 ways to use Lemon* essential oil:
1. To sanitize counters, add 2-3 drops of lemon oil* to water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray over countertop and wipe (it smells great too!).
2. A few drops mixed into a Tablespoon of olive oil and rubbed on cellulite improves circulation and helps to eliminate wates from cells.
3. 2 drops lemon oil*, 2 Tablespoons honey and 2 cups pure water mixed well makes a wonderful glass of lemonade. (Adjust honey to taste)
4. Add a drop of lemon oil* to the dishwasher wash cycle for extra squeaky clean dishes.
5. 1 drop lemon oil* on a q-tip is great for blemishes.
*As mentioned on the website and elsewhere in the blog, if you use essential oils, always use therapeutic grade essential oils. Other oils can be contaminated with solvents used to express the plant oils. These chemicals taint the essential oils and are absorbed into your body when the oil is applied. To get the desired results without putting the body at risk with undesired toxins, use therapeutic grade essential oils (these oils are pure enough to ingest). There should be not be a warning on the bottle saying "for external use only", except for the few oils that should never be ingested.