We are excited to play with a new series of posts all about one of our favorite wellness tools – essential oils!  One common client comment heard almost immediately upon walking through our doors is “….oh my god….it smells so good in here!”  It DOES smell ah-mazing but that aroma isn’t just to make the place smell good.  Oh no my dear….its SO much more than a scent!

Essential oils have gained popularity in recent years in large part due to a couple MLM/direct sales companies marketing them however, these oils have been used for thousands of years.  There is evidence that essential oils were used by the ancient Egyptians but even before that in India in Auyervedic medicine. It is hard to ignore the value of any method that maintains use and popularity for that long.

There are MANY different single notes (and blends) of oils and the number of uses and benefits are almost infinite.  Each month, we are going to deep dive into one oil and explore what its good for and how it can be used. As you may have guessed, our first oil is LEMON!  🍋

Oil Name: Lemon
Plant Part: Peel
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Note: Top (Huh?  What does that mean?  Essential oils that are classified as top notes tend to be light, fresh and uplifting in nature and are usually inexpensive. Top notes are highly volatile, fast acting, and give the first impression of the blend. However, they are not very long lasting.)
Blends With: Most oils
Safety Precautions: For external use only. Keep out of the reach of children and away from the eyes. Highly concentrated. Always dilute before use. Phototoxic. Avoid sun for 12 hrs after use on skin.

Lemon is a great oil to start with because most people love lemon and have at least some experience of using lemon oil – have you ever zested a lemon for a recipe?  By grating into the rind you are releasing the aromatic oil which adds flavor and brightness to your food.  You may have even used lemon oil to polish furniture because of its stain lifting citric acid and antiseptic properties.  It also helps nourish and protect the wood and helps leave a brilliant shine.  If it can do all this for WOOD, surely it will have benefits for you and me too, right?

Benefits
The benefits of essential oils often mirror the characteristics of the source of the oil (example:  oils made from trees like pine tend to have grounding benefits.)  What are the characteristics of a lemon?  Vibrancy & brightness!  I love to use lemon essential oil this time of year when it is cold and dark because of lemon’s magic ability to light up all your senses with is uplifting brightness and freshness – even one whiff can begin to boost your mood.

Cold and flu season – GAH, its here!  Lemon essential oil has antiviral and antibacterial properties which can help protect you and your family from the illnesses that travel through school and work.

How to Use
Pure lemon essential oil shouldn’t be applied directly to skin or used in larger amounts than recommended (the oil is absorbed through the skin and using too much can be toxic).

When diluted with a carrier oil (our favorites are jojoba, sweet almond and avocado), a drop or two of lemon essential oil can be applied to the skin or added to a warm bath.

Lemon essential oil also can be inhaled after sprinkling a drop of the oil onto a cloth or tissue or by using an aromatherapy diffuser.  Diffusing for 30-minute intervals a few times a week will help to clear your the air and surfaces of your home of air-borne bacteria

Mix ten to twenty drops of lemon essential oil with one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water in a spray bottle. This makes a pretty powerful multipurpose household cleaner that can stop cold and flu germs right in their tracks. As an added bonus, you get the aromatherapy benefits associated with lemon essential oil while making your entire house fresher and cleaner.

If you are thinking about starting to build a collection of essential oils, lemon oil is the perfect starter oil.  Give it a try and let us know what you think!

DISCLAIMER
The statements made are for educational purposes and have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this site and the products listed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, nor are they intended to replace proper medical help. It is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any regimen with essential oils.