On my journey into crunchy mamahood replacing our toxin filled cleaners with natural ones was an easy place to start using these essential oils I had on hand. I was already using actual lemons to clean my white sinks (one of those things I saw on Pinterest, looked so nice in the picture, but is NOT practical), so lemon was a simple way to ease into using these essential oils.
Lemon is such a multipurpose oil. Between cleaning and detoxifying to uplifting mood. Who can say that about their bottle of bleach? I love diffusing lemon, cleaning with it, and using it when seasonal threats are high.
HowOur Family Uses Lemon Oil:
- 3-4 drops in a diffuser to purify the air, uplift mood, and help with focus and concentration. One oil in a diffuser can do all of that 🙂
- 3-5 drops added to a glass bottle with equal parts water and vinegar, spray on surfaces to clean such as kitchen countertops, tables, toilets, bathroom sinks, etc.
- Applied to a rag to remove stuck on goo. Like the pesky price tags stuck to anything glass.
- Used on a rag with olive oil to polish furniture.
- A drop taken internally in the morning in warm water to help naturally cleanse the body and aid in digestion.
- A drop applied to sides of nose to avoid using so many tissues.
- To freshen stinky tennis shoes. 1 drop in each shoe.
- Used to clean hands to remove paint, pen, grease, etc.
- Used with equal parts lavender and peppermint to aid in seasonal respiratory discomfort, by applying topically to the nose and/or taken internally.
- 10-15 drops mixed with 4 cups of baking soda. Let it sit in a glass container for a day. Then sprinkle it over carpet, let sit for 20 minutes to an hour (depending on odor control needed) and then run the vacuum. Great for pet odors.
Things to Remember:
- Citrus oils when applied topically can be photosensitive. If you have applied lemon oil to exposed skin be careful to avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours. Some people are more sensitive than others.
- With children it is best to dilute essential oils when applying topically. Personally I have only used lemon oil with lavender and peppermint diluted in a roller bottle topically to aid in seasonal respiratory discomfort on the kids. It works wonders!
Please feel free to add how you use lemon oil in the comments below. I love learning new ways to use my oils 🙂
Have A Happy Day!