Lemon Essential Oil is Versatile
And everyone thinks about it as a great single essential oil for diffusing and refreshing environments. But I wanted to think outside the box. What are some uses for lemon essential oil that are more unique? Here are ten uses for lemon essential oil in my home.
Let’s Talk about Ten Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
1. Remove Sticky Messes
Confession. I actually don’t use that much lemon essential oil, especially in comparison to how much some people use lemon essential oil. But this. This. Removing sticky messes from surfaces. This is my number one use of lemon essential oil. Whether it is left on tape residue on my skin, or a couch, or a wall, lemon essential oil will remove the stick mess that is taunting you.
When I was living in London, the new European office was being built. The walls are all glass, and, for safety reasons, this required that duct tape be added to the walls until the decals were applied. The cleaner complained to me one evening that she was so frustrated because she couldn’t get the tape residue off of the wall after the decals were applied. Lemon essential oil to the rescue. All of the residue was gone from every single wall in the office the next day.
2. Condition Cutting Board
I love combining lemon essential oil for with all things kitchen. My cutting board gets a nice rub down with lemon essential oil and coconut oil anytime it looks dull or overly cut. Just mix a couple of drops in with a half teaspoon of coconut oil and wipe the board with a clean rag.
3. Soften Cuticles
While getting manicures in New York, I noticed that so many salons offer lemon manicures. Lemon essential oil can not only soften cuticles, but it can also promote nail growth by fighting fungus known to slow down nail growth.
4. Daily Shower Spray
You can easily refresh your shower after each shower with a daily shower spray. To make your shower spray combine 2 cups distilled water, 2 T Castile soap, 10 drops lemon oil, and 15 drops tea tree essential oil in a spray bottle. Honestly, I would steer toward a non-BPA hard plastic bottle, especially with children in the household. Glass in the shower is a potentially risky situation, and plastic may be a better option.
5. Open the Solar Plexus Chakra
Lemon energy is similar to the fire energy of the solar plexus. The solar plexus color is yellow, so the color of lemon is a good match. The solar plexus is where we house our determination, our sense of self, and our internal power. Apply a couple of drops of lemon essential oil around and just above the navel if you have to go into a challenging discussion or a situation that makes you nervous.
6. Pre-Workout Water Bottle Add In
I love to put a drop or two of lemon essential oil in my favorite water bottle before heading to the yoga studio. Lemon essential oil has been shown to increase fat breakdown in experimental models. The flavor of the essential oil isn’t my very favorite (and a lot of people disagree with me on that point), so I only add in a drop of lemon essential oil. I then add in 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil, because I love the flavor and the cooling effect of the menthol.
7. Protect the Skin
Isolated extracts from lemon essential oil have been shown to protect the skin from lipid peroxidation and free radicals. And both of these have been shown to accelerate tissue damage. It is hypothesized that lemon essential oil has strong antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Combine a drop of lemon essential oil with Vitamin E liquid for a moisturizing and nourishing addition to your skin care routine. Vitamin E also works to fight lipid peroxidation and free radicals, so win-win.
8. Condition Leathers
Combine 1/4 cup fractionated coconut oil, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 10 drops lemon essential oil to create your own leather conditioner. Polish shoes, jackets, and sofas to keep them soft and supple.
9. Naturally Highlight Hair
You can lighten hair of any shade using lemon essential oil. Combine 15 drops of lemon essential oil, with 5 drops each frankincense and sandalwood in one cup of water. Spray on wet hair before going out in the sun. Shake well before each use. Go easy if you have dark hair as no one wants that orange look for the hair.
10. Remove Stains before Starting the Laundry
Simply rubbing a few drops of lemon essential oil on clothing can help to remove stains before you put them in the laundry. It is especially effective on grease stains. Use caution with dark clothing as lemon essential oil has a natural lightening effect.
And this is just Ten Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is so versatile and these are just ten uses for lemon essential oil. Comment below with your favorite way to use lemon. Want to read more Top Ten Lists? Check out this post on lavender essential oil.
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