Lemon; this little guy packs a punch and is beautiful for use in cooking, cleaning and diffuser blends. One 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil contains the equivalent of the rind of 45 organic lemons. With 240drops per bottle and a wholesale price of $13.50, it works out to be 0.056 cents per drop.
6 USES FOR LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL PLUS RECIPES
1. Lemon infused water –
I use lemon daily in my water. This is great for healthy digestion and detoxification. Using essential oil in your water instead of lemon juice is better for your teeth as because it is distilled from the rind and not the juice it doesn’t contain the citric acid, which can erode tooth enamel.
1-2 drops of lemon essential oil
1 litre of warm water
1 tsp of honey or coconut oil
The coconut oil or honey is used to emulsify the essential oil in the water and allow it to be better absorbed by the body. Using warm water instead of cold allows the oil or honey to melt and it is also better to aid your digestion, cold water can hinder your digestive fire – aka the Agni, in Ayurvedic Medicine.
2. Focus diffuser blend –
In the diffuser with peppermint for focus and clarity. When I need to get sh*t done, this is my blend. 3-5 drops per 100ml of water is recommended for diffusing. I also find it works well rolled underneath the nose with a bit of fractionated coconut oil (FCO) to put that pep in your step.
3 drops lemon
3 drops peppermint
3. Aromatic Face Spritzer –
Lemon, frankincense & citrus bliss or wild orange with water* in a spray bottle is divine for spritzing on the face, pillows, clothes, hair and/or body to freshen up throughout the day. I absolutely love doing this when my skin feels a bit dry or I’m feeling a flat in affect.
Add oils first then add vodka (if using) followed by water, give it a good shake and you’re good to go. Utilise a glass spritzer bottle if possible to reduce erosion of the bottle over time.
*Remember oil and water don’t mix so be sure to give it a good shake prior to spraying. You can also use a tbsp. of vodka to help disperse the oils in the water, but don’t use Gin, speaking from experience it will just smell like gin.
*Depending on the oils you want to be adding 2-3 drops per tbsp of water.
4. Vegetable/Salad dressing –
Tahini, lemon essential oil & maple syrup is a delicious combo for a salad or vegetable dressing, especially to top off roasted vegetables, wraps or brown rice.
1/3 cup of tahini
½-1tbsp of maple syrup
2 drops lemon essential oil
Pinch of good quality salt
Drizzle of olive oil
Mix in a bowl and spoon over dish, keep refrigerated.
5. DIY Cleaning Products –
Lemon is a great oil to use in cleaning products due to its purification properties. Hence why so many cleaning products are lemon scented. It is super easy and cost effective to make your own cleaning products, I love using the below recipe as a multi-surface cleaner – on windows, glass, counters & sinks.
1 cup distilled water,
1 cup vinegar
20 drops of lemon EO
20 drops tea tree EO
Mix in a spray bottle, ideally glass (just use an old glass kombucha bottle and attach a spray nozzle) to prevent erosion of the plastic over time & also as its more environmentally friendly.
6. BLISSBALLS –
need I say more, if you’ve attended a class of mine chances are you tasted these little zesty bombs. They’re super simple to make and are perfect for a 3pm pick me up, night duty treat or to take to an afternoon tea. Recipe below.
1 cup raw cashews
1 cup desiccated coconut
8 drops of doTERRA Lemon Oil or combination of Lemon, Wild Orange & Grapefruit essential oil
Juice of half a lemon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
pinch of salt
2 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Place the ingredients into your processor in the order listed above and blend until the mixture resembles a sticky crumb. Use your hands to shape the mixture into balls or spoon mixture into ice cube tray with silicon bottoms and place in the fridge or freezer for 1hour until set then pop out and enjoy.
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