Lemon: There is a lot of power in this fresh little fruit. Which also means there is a lot of power in pure Lemon Essential Oil. Did you know that it takes approx 3000 lemon rinds to produce 1 kilogram (about 35 ounces) of essential oil? That’s a lot of lemons!
Lemon is one of the most-used essential oils. It can be used cosmetically, in the home for cleaning, aromatically to help with illness, and so many other uses! Want some ideas?
Brighten your face blend:
Mix in small glass container and “push” several cotton rounds to absorb all the liquid. Apply to face day and night. Adapt and use other EOs until you find the right combination, like adding Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, and/or Clove.
Lemon ~ Most Common Uses:
Dietary ~ Add 2 drops in your water daily
- Fights Inflammation
- Fights Cold Symptoms
- Promotes a healthy Circulatory System (see below)
- Easing the pressure of Varicose Veins
- Calms Heartburn
- Relaxes the Digestive Tract Muscles
- Eases Constipation & Diarrhea (balances PH levels)
- Tones the Liver
Respiratory (Topically, Aroma, & Internal):
- Throat Infections
Also, according to Jen Valent, MD:
- Lemon is used for Improving Circulation issues
- Tones the Heart
- Lowers blood sugar
- Helps Remove Toxins from Blood
Protocols you might not be as familiar with:
- Use Lemon for Gingivitis and Mouth Ulcers
- Remove Corns and Warts (Use a Qtip directly on area of concern)
- Apply to Cold Sores (again with Qtip directly on the sore)
Cost Per Drop ~ this a very inexpensive and powerful tool to have in your home.
- Remove Gum / Sap
- Polish your Silver
- Mix in spray bottle to rid your plants of Aphids
- Laundry Booster
- Soak & Clean your Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (dilute with water)
- Soak your Dish cloths overnight
Have a runny nose? Swipe a drop of lemon down each side of your nose to help slow it down.
These are just a sampling of the uses of lemon oil. It’s definitely a must-have in your wellness arsenal!
Essential Oils Desk Reference
Melaleuca, or Tea Tree essential oil has been around for centuries. It’s a great all-purpose oil and is a must have in your natural first aid kit. There are so many uses for this oil, I can’t even list them all here, or it would take forever! It’s antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, an insecticide, and a stimulant. It helps the body fight off disease, bacteria, infection, virus, and illness. The list below is a great way to get started, though.
- Acne/Pimples: put a drop on a cotton swab or your finger and apply to individual spots before bed and in the morning
- Athlete’s Foot: mix 2 dops of Melaleuca with 1 drop of lavender, dip a cotton ball in the mixture and apply between toes and around nails
- Bee Stings: remove stinger, if necessary, then apply 1 drop of Melaleuca oil every four hours, as needed
- Blackheads: apply oil directly to spots at night and in the morning
- Bronchitis/Congestion: add 5 drops of Melaleuca oil to a bowl of steaming water and inhale for 5-10 minutes; or, add a few drops to a tissue and inhale throughout the day
- Calluses: apply oil directly to area, then cover with an adhesive bandage; repeat daily until you see results
- Chapped Lips: add 1-3 drops of oil to 1 tablespoon of petroleum jelly, or an oil such as jojoba, grapeseed or sweet almond oil and mix with a toothpick. Store in a small container. Apply to chapped lips every 20-30 minutes, as needed
- Diaper Rash: Mix 2-4 drops of Melaleuca oil with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel; shake vigorously, then apply to area as needed
- Ear Infections/Earache: Soak a cotton ball in 3 drops of Melaleuca and 2 drops of lavender oil; plug ear
- Flu: Use steam inhalation as for congestion, as well as the tissue inhalation method. Also try the Cold/Flu Bomb
- Foot Odor: Each morning, massage a few drops of Melaleuca into your feet; also put a drop or two into your shoes
- Hives: Massage a few drops of Melaleuca on to the affected area
- Insect Bites: Apply a drop of Melaleuca oil to bite to relieve itch
- Prickly Heat: Massage a few drops onto affected area
- Sore Throat: Add 7-8 drops to a cup of warm water and gargle. 2-3 times daily
- Stiff Neck: Mix 2-4 drops of Melaleuca with jojoba or fractionated coconut oil and massage into the affected area as needed
- Sunburn and Burns: apply directly to affected are to relieve burn
- Sweaty Feet: see Foot Odor, above
- Ticks: Apply oil to the tick and surrounding area; after 20-30 minutes, carefully remove tick if it has not already fallen off. Keep applying oil to prevent infection and sooth wound
- Tonsilitis: See sore throat, above
- Warts: Apply oil directly to wart 3-4 times a day. Be persistent; it can take a few weeks to be effective
There are also many uses for Melaleuca oil in the home, but that’s a post for another day! As always, don’t forget to use the coupon code SMOORE to receive 10% off your order at Spark Naturals!
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor; these are only suggestions for uses of this powerful essential oil. Please see your health care practitioner for medical issues.
- The Tea Tree Oil Bible: Your Essential Guide to Health and Home Uses
- The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
Essential oils can be used for so many different things, so I thought I might start sharing some great uses of a different oil each month. This month, it’s Peppermint!
Peppermint has long been used as a digestive aid; why do you think so many restaurants offer peppermint candies as you leave? It helps settle the stomach after a meal, and can improve digestion. Here’s a list of other uses:
- Motion sickness: rub onto your abdomen (you may want to use a carrier oil and do a bit of massage), and on the inside of your wrists
- Add to your diffuser or place 1-2 drops onto a tissue and inhale to help avoid snacking
- Massage a few drops onto your temples and on the back of your neck to help relieve headaches
- Use the tissue method to help improve concentration and to increase mental accuracy and memory
- Add a few drops to a cotton ball and rub along window frames and doorjams to repel bugs and pests, including mice. You can also just leave the cotton ball in corners of cabinets and pantries. I have two under my sink! You can also mix with water in a spray bottle and spray in nooks and crannies to keep away those annoying pests; make sure you shake the bottle before spraying
- Inhale to help with nausea and after vomiting to help sooth the stomach
- Mix a drop of peppermint oil with a bit of lavender to soothe the itch of sunburn; cool and refreshing!
- Tired feet? Add peppermint to a carrier oil and massage your cares away
- If you need a pick-me-up, inhale from a tissue and get a non-stimulant boost of energy
- Add a few drops to a carrier oil and massage onto chest to help clear sinus and lung congestion
These are just a few of the many uses for Peppermint Oil. I may just have to add a drop to my ice water for an afternoon boost.
If you’re interested in receiving a new essential oil each month, Spark Naturals has an Oil of the Month Club! Each month they’ll send you a new oil for only $15.99, shipping and tax included. This is a great way to build your collection.
Getting started with Essential Oils is easier than you might think. There are so many great resources out there; all it takes is a little reading! The first step I took, aside from reading blogs and other information on the internet, was ordering The Complete Book or Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. This book is an awesome resource, and I refer to it almost daily. There are recipes for beauty, health, and even things for your home like all-natural cleaners.
But which oils should I start with, and what can I do with them? I recommend starting with the most popular oils: Melaleuca (or Tea Tree), Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint. So many basic recipes call for one or more of these oils, so you can’t go wrong. All four of these oils are versatile, user-friendly, affordable, and good for all members of the family.
Here are some quick uses for these oils:
- Apply to feet to combat athlete’s foot or any fungal infection
- Diffuse or use steam inhalation to help with congestion or other respiratory ailments
- Apply directly to cuts and scrapes to disinfect the wound and promote healing
- Apply directly to burns to take the sting away – keep some in the kitchen!
- Got an itchy bug bite? Apply a drop of lavender
- Add to bath to aid in relaxation, and lessen anxiety
- Diffuse to cleanse the air and enhance moods
- Great for cleaning and disinfecting around the house
- Gargle with warm water to help clean your mouth
- Rub a few drops on your temples to ease tension
- Dilute with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and rub on abdomen to aid with stomach discomfort
- Diffuse to help with congestion
These are just a few suggestions on how to use these oils. There are so many more ways to use them! If you’re new to oils, and would like to try these out but don’t want to spend a fortune, Spark Naturals has a kit to get you started! The Essential 4-Pack includes all four oils at a great price. And, don’t forget to enter the coupon code SMOORE to save 10%. And, right now you can even get free shipping on any order! Don’t pass up this opportunity.
For many years I relied on doctors and what they prescribed without a second thought when a healthcare issue arose. I didn’t think about there being another way to heal common problems such as colds, allergies, the flu, as well as minor injuries like bug bites and scrapes.. It wasn’t until about a year ago when I was reading a book in which the main character, a nurse, was transported back in time and was forced to find her own methods of healing, as modern medicine was no longer available to her. I started thinking more on the subject of home remedies, and how I might incorporate some new remedies into our home. Through this research, I discovered Essential Oils and now I’m hooked!
There are so many different oils, and so many ways to use them all, I’m just amazed. I’m still learning, and always looking for more great resources. There are tons of blogs out there, and I’ve found one in particular, Camp Wander, that’s provided me with so much information and help. Rebecca has a remedy for practically everything, and reading through these remedies has really piqued my interest. I’ve been trying out some things here and there, and have many more recipes and ideas to try.
If you’re looking to get started using essential oils, Spark Naturals is a great place to get your oils. Spark offers reasonably priced, therapeutic-grade oils, and you don’t have to join an MLM to get them.
The first oil I purchased was Melaleuca, or Tea Tree Oil. This oil has so many uses, it’s a must-have in your medicine cabinet! It’s anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and antiviral. My husband has used it on his feet for athlete’s foot flare-ups, without complaint (and that says a lot!). I’ve also been using it lately to help prevent and treat colds and flu.
I’ll be posting more about oils and their uses, so be sure to check back!