Day 6 – Lemon

LemonEssentialOil-850x567Aaaaahhhh liquid sunshine…I mean, Lemon essential oil. If Bob Ross were here, he’d probably call it a happy little oil and then create a masterpiece around this happy little fruit. I don’t know how the weather has been in your neck of the woods, but here in Southeastern PA, well, someone put it best when they said “lovely winter we’re having this spring, isn’t it”? Growing up, and into adulthood, I’ve loved the smell of lemons. There is just something about them that, despite how cold or dreary the day might be, they can always be a pick-me-up. My Lemon essential oil from doTERRA certainly doesn’t disappoint, and I’ve already found tons of uses for it. Especially during this crazy winter…no, spring…no, winter…uhh….mother nature you’re drunk…weather we’ve been having here. Seriously, where else can you get a sunburn and frostbite in the same week??

So first, a little history. Lemon trees were originally found in China and moved to Europe before being brought to America in the 1400’s. The oil is cold pressed from the peel so that the delicate natural essence of the oil, as opposed to some lemon scents that may be distilled.

Traditionally, Lemon oil has had a lot of different uses. Lemon is wonderful as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent, great for use during respiratory infections. It can also help improve circulation and in reducing inflammation. I like putting a few drops into my water in the morning to help clear out the toxins from my body that get trapped in fat cells. You can also use it when making honey-lemon throat drops to help soothe sore throats. Noteworthy: I made these fantastic On-Guard honey throat drops (recipe below) recently that were so super-delicious, it was hard not to simply eat them as a hard candy. If you have the patience to boil some sugar, water and honey, then stretch and pull it, you should try making some! My next batch is going to be honey-lemon, possibly with a dash of eucalyptus. But I’m getting off topic here!

One of the best ways to uplift and enhance your environment is to very simply diffuse lemon into the air with a diffuser or to put a drop or two on your hands and directly inhale it. The only caution to this oil is that, it may be photosensitive, and you should avoid direct UV light for about 6 hours. Individuals will react differently, and you may not see any reaction at all.

So all in all, if I had to put in my two cents on which oils to get, the doTERRA Introductory Kit would be a great place to start your essential oil journey. You won’t be disappointed – not that you’ll be disappointed with any of the doTERRA oils, but these three are sure to find hundreds of uses in your life.

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Honey Throat Drops:

2 Cups Sugar

1/2 Cup Water

1/2 Cup Local Honey

1/4 Cup Butter

2-5 drops of an Essential Oil (On-Guard, Lemon, Wild Orange, Eucalyptus etc)

Boil all of the ingredients except the essential oil to a hard crack level (300-310 on a candy thermometer) or until you can put a drop of the syrup in a cup of cool water and it forms brittle strands. Wait a few minutes and add your essential oil, mix. Pour the syrup onto a buttered baking tray and fold into the middle until it is cool enough to handle. When you can handle it, begin to pull and twist it into a thin log shape and using kitchen shears, cut into throat drop sized pieces. Allow them to cool and if you’ve brought it to the right temperature you can store them in a baggie. If they’re a little sticky, you may need to individually wrap them in wax wrappers.

 

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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