Lemon Essential oil for health, healing and cleaning.




Lemon (Citron) essential oil is obtained from the peel of the fruit and in the family Rutaceae.

The lemon tree grows to a height of about 10-20 feet and is a ever green citrus tree native to Asia. The lemon tree has fragrant white flowers that develop into yellow fruits.

Citron is a slow growing ever green tree or shrub native to the middle east with the height of about 15 feet. The citron plant has oval green leathery leaves, white or purple flower that develop into a large yellow fruit.


The demand for lemon fruit increased in the 1800s when physicians discovered the high nutrient content of vital C ad other valuable nutrients in the fruit that prevented and alleviated the illness of scurvy. The greeks used lemon to perfume clothing and in Chinese medicine, lemon was taken by pregnant women to "secure the fetus".


The lemon flowers are used for tea to calm the nerves whiles many health conscious people take a glass of lemon with warm water and honey each morning. This daily drink is said to help cleanse the blood vessels, intestinal tract, liver, and other organs, and provide an important dose of vitamin C for the body.


A remedy for swollen tonsils was to juice a lemon, mix with warm water and drink slowly a few times daily. This drink was also taken to relieve uric acid from the body but drinking four glasses per day.


Lemons especially their rinds contain ever known cancer preventing and cancer fighting phytochemical. In the book The miracle of Lemons written by Penny Stanway she discusses these things as well as how the flavonoids found in the rinds discouraged heart disease. She states lemons are helpful for age spots, alzhiemers disease, anemia, anxiety, joint discomfort, athletes foot, cataracts, cellulite, high blood sugar, kidney stones, memory loss, warts, and much more.


Lemons are acidic and can cause tooth enamel to erode if taken in high concentrations at one time. It is reccomened to drink alot of water before using or driving lemon juice, The peel contains bioflavonoid together with Vitamin C which helps strengthen gums and arteries.



Uses:

Cooling

Purifying

Break down Cellulites

Cleansing the tissues

Calming

Relaxing

Reduces Stress

Promotes Restful sleep

Mood uplifting

Refreshing

Reviving

Improves mental clarity

Alertness

Memory

Sharpens the senses

Disinfecting

Soothes insect Bites


Properties:

Antianemic*antibacterial*antidepressent*antifungal*antilithic*antinueralgic*antionxidant*antiprutitic*antitheumatic*anticlerotiv*antiscorbutic*antiseptic*antirheumatic,antisclerotic*antisorbutic*antiseptic(strong)*blood purifier*calmative* carminative*cephalic* cicatrizant*Coagulant*cooling*decongestant*depurative*detoxifier*diaphoretic*digestive*disinfectant*diuretic*hypotensor*insect repellant*insectivide*invigoratinh(immune system)*laxative*paraiticide* refreshing*rubefacient*sedative*stimulant(circulatory and lymphatic systems)*stomachic*tonic*uplfting*vermifuge*


Methods of use:

Mist spray

Bath

Aroma lamp

Application

Diffuser

Inhaler

Light bulb ring

Massage


Caution: Use alot of carrier oil if your skin is dry and use small amounts of citrus or lemon oil. Both oils are phototoxic and avoid direct sunlight for several hours after use.




Cleaning with Lemons

Lemons leave the house sparkling, spotless and smelling fresh. Lemons are eco friendly, great disinfectant, stain remover and metal polisher. We have a few recipes, tips and tricks on how to use lemons naturally and lemon essential oil for cleaning throughout your home.


Cleaning laminate countertops:

 Cut a whole lemon in half

squeeze the juice onto the counter

Using the lemon as a scrubber, work the juice over the stains. Leave the juice on until the stains disappear then rinse with water and dry. The citric acid will quickly remove the stains.  Bottled lemon juice can be substituted for a fresh lemon.


Cutting boards:

Rub the lemon onto the stains and let it sit until the stains are gone. The lemon will also disinfect the board at the same time.

Cleaning copper:

Cut a lemon in half

sprinkle salt (any kind – even sea salt) onto the lemon.

Squeezing, scrub, massage the juice out until the tarnish is buffed off. Add more salt to the lemon if stop working. Rinse well with water and let dry. It is important to keep copper bottom pans clean because they redistribute the heat according to how clean they are on the bottom.

Cleaning brass:

Never use lemon on anything that is brass plated – only solid brass. Brass plated items need to be cleaned very gently with an oil soap – never use anything acidic on it. Use the same method for cleaning solid brass as for copper – one half of a lemon with salt sprinkled on it and rub until it is clean. Rinse well with water.

Removing rust from clothes:

Put lemon juice on the rust stain and then sprinkle cream of tartar onto the top of the juice. Rub in the solution and let it sit on the stain until the rust is gone. The citric acid will take the rust off. Some stains are tougher than others, but 15 to 30 minutes should work just fine. Launder as usual.

Bleaching white clothes with lemon juice:

Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice (or sliced lemons) with one gallon of very hot water. Soak the clothes in the solution. Do not use for silk, it is best for cotton and polyester. Let the clothes soak from an hour to overnight, depending on how badly the clothing needs bleaching. Rremove the clothing from the mix and pour the mix into the washing machine and wash as usual. It's impossible to over-bleach using lemon juice.

Getting stains out of Tupperware:

Squeeze lemon juice in the container and then add baking soda. Use the lemon as a cleaning tool and work it in. If the stains are bad, let it sit overnight before scrubbing the stains.




DIY Cleaning Recipes Using Lemon Essential Oil


Lemon essential oil blends well with tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, rose oil, neroli oil, ylang-ylang oil and other citrus oils.

What you Need:

spray bottles — glass or certain types of plastic (PET and HDPE) work great

white vinegar

baking soda

unscented liquid Castile soap

olive oil

rubbing alcohol

cornstarch

lemon essential oil

eucalyptus essential oil

melaleuca essential oil

microfiber cloth

jar

Mold & Mildew Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar

15 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops melaleuca or eucalyptus essential oil

spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe with microfiber cloth, spray again with cleaner and allow to air dry.

Soft Scrub

3 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap

1 cup baking soda

15 drops lemon essential oil

Glass jar

Mix together into a paste, take a small amount on a damp microfiber cloth, and scrub the surface. If the stains are really tough, let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Store the remaining soft scrub mixture in a jar

Daily Shower Spray

2 cups distilled water

2 Tbsp. unscented liquid Castile soap

10 drops lemon essential oil

15 drops melaleuca or eucalyptus essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray it on shower doors and tile every day after you shower and you should have to clean a whole lot less often.

Wood Floor Cleaner

2 cups distilled water

2 Tbsp. white vinegar

10 drops lemon essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, squirt a little on the floor, and mop up with a damp mop or swifter.


Dusting Spray

1 cup distilled water

¼ cup white vinegar,

2 Tbsp. olive oil

15 drops lemon essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, spray on surface to be cleaned, wipe clean with microfiber cloth

Wood polish

¼ cup white vinegar

¼ cup olive oil

10 drops lemon essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake to combine, apply to a microfiber cloth, and wipe wood surface clean. Repeat every 2-3 months or as often as needed.

All-Purpose Cleaner (great for counters)

¼ cup white vinegar

1 ½ cups distilled water

25 drops lemon essential oil

Spray bottle Shake to combine, spray on surface, and wipe clean

Mirror & Window Cleaner

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup rubbing alcohol

1Tbsp cornstarch

10 drops lemon essential oil

Spray bottle

Shake and spray on windows, mirror, or glass. Wipe clean with a lint-free cloth or microfiber cloth.


Feel free to download our DIY recipe so you have it on hand when you are cleaning and some inspiration.






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