The Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil and 25 Ways to Use It.

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     Is there anything more invigorating than the fresh scent of lemon?  Today I am not only going to share with you what I have learned about lemon essential oil, and the some of the many benefits this oil offers, but also give you a printable list of 25 awesome ways that you can use lemon essential oil for your health, wellness and household!

Let me start with a crazy confession that I can hardly believe myself anymore. I used to not like lemon-anything. It really wasn’t until I experienced the purity of real lemon essential oil, that I fell right in love with the essence of lemon.  I surprised myself, in a big way!

     It turns out that real lemon oil is completely different than the synthetic scents and flavors I had become accustomed to, and didn’t much appreciate before.  The experiences I had with lemon were with all-too-many things artificial: from flavorings to perfume-y air fresheners to cleaners to cough drops. And because I didn’t care for those lemony-things, I certainly avoided any REAL lemons.

Until one day, lemon essential oils just came with 2 others in a trio that I had ordered. I couldn’t imagine what I’d do with that one. But I started using (and really loving!) the other 2, for so many things. So it prompted me one day to open the lemon one, and smell it. I was intrigued from the first whiff!  It was….beyond pleasant. Unexpectedly so. In fact, I loved the smell!  But what could it DO for me?  I wanted to know more.

So what does make it so different? Well I’ve learned that lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, to protect the fragile nature and potent properties of the oils.  The health benefits alone, of lemon essential oil are impressive.  Did you know that the properties of lemon essential oils are:

  • Anticancer
  • Antidepressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antiviral
  • Astringent
  • Disinfectant
  • Antifungal

I head heard there were many other uses for lemon essential oil as well, and suddenly, I was interested in finding out what they were!  I was excited to use the bottle of lemon! I have since learned and regularly used my lemon essential oil in so many ways.

So let’s talk about some specific ways that lemon essential oil can enhance the health and joy your family’s every day life!

AROMATICALLY:
Essential lemon oil is powerfully aromatic. It’s scent is fresh, clean and invigorating.  Diffusing it purifies the air in your home or other environment while uplifting moods and giving you energy, and is known to promote health and healing.

It’s also fascinating to know that some essential oils, including lemon, can act as gentle stimulants to the limbic system of the brain by their scent, increasing alertness and concentration, enhancing the capacity for learning, improving memory, and assisting many other cognitive functions. Some other essential oils that offer these benefits are Peppermint, Rosemary and Melissa. To help increase these functions simply inhale the chosen essential oil directly from the bottle or put a drop on a tissue and keep in your pocket for use throughout the day.

TOPICALLY and *INTERNALLY:
Essential lemon oil can also be used for many purposes topically, and can work wonders internally with the digestive, immune, and respiratory systems, promoting healthy function in the body.

HOUSEHOLD CLEANER:
Furthermore, it is has big cleaning power in every little drop, as a non-toxic, disinfectant surface cleaner for your whole house.

Here are just 25  Ways You Can Use Lemon Essential Oil for your Health, Wellness and Household:

1. Drink & Detox – By adding just 1-2 drops of lemon essential oils to your glass of ice water, you add antioxidants that help your cleansing organs perform at their optimal level, ridding your body of toxins  and flushing out your system.  Not only does it add a zip to your boring plain water, it lifts your spirits, and your energy. And no calories!

2. Brighten Your Complexion – With it’s anti bacterial, antiseptic, astringent qualities, lemon essential oil is a great ingredient to use for brightening a dull complexion, by applying to the face with another carrier oil such as grapeseed or jojoba. Or, consider making a facial scrub by combining a few of drops of lemon oil,  a few drops of a carrier oil (grapeseed, almond, jojoba, coconut, olive) with a teaspoon of sugar. (Important to note: It’s suggested to test a small area of your skin before applying alone all over, as it may bother some sensitive skin. If so, add carrier oil immediately.  Also, avoid sunlight on skin where applied for 12 after using an citrus oil on the skin.)

3. Hair Highlighting –  Skip the expensive salon, and add some new highlights to your hair yourself. Comb a bit of lemon essential oil through selected chunks , and go hang out in the sun. But be careful, it really works!  So keep checking for the desired brightness, and wash it out thoroughly when you’re pleased with the results.

4. Toothbrush Refresher –  Soak your toothbrush in a mug with some water and a drop or 2 of lemon essential oil, to disinfect and refreshen your toothbrush, about once a week.  Or, add a drop directly to your toothbrush.

5. Diffuse for Multiple Benefits – By using lemon essential oil in a diffuser, you are purifying the air while helping lift moods, physical energy, and aiding in mental clarity and alertness. Now that’s multi-tasking!  Also aids in alleviating stress, depression and anxiety.

6. Soothe throat – Try adding 1-2 drops  of your lemon essential oil to tea, with some honey, to soothe a scratchy or sore throat.

7. For Coughs, Colds, and Throat or Mouth Infections – add a few drops to a glass of water and gargle.  This is known to soothe and help prevent or kill infections.

8. Keep fruit and vegetables fresh –  Place washed and chopped fruit and vegetables in water with a few drops of lemon essential oil, and mix around well. Strain and serve immediately, to retain color and not brown, or store until serving.

9. Wash Produce – Put 5-6 drops in a large bowl of water, submerge produce and wash. If you were unable to purchase organic produce, this helps wash you produce clean from any pesticides and herbicides, and also cut the wax that often coats non-organic vegetables.

10. Cold Sores/Fever Blisters – Apply 1 drop topically to help ease the pain and promote healing. Reapply until gone. Be sure to wash hands well after each application.

11. Acne or Greasy Skin – Apply 1 drop to a blemish, or apply some to a cotton ball and go over face. (Test small area for sensitivity first.) The astringent and antiseptic properties help clean and clear skin.

12. Surface Cleaner – Put 5-6 drops in a glass spritzer with water, and use to clean, shine and disinfect surfaces, door knobs, and faucet handles. The fresh scent left behind is a bonus!

13.  Wood Furniture Restoration – Add a few drops on a soft cloth with some mineral oil, to prevent furniture wood from drying, and add some natural oil moisture. Try doing a discreet spot first for testing.

14. Hard Floors – add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a gallon of water for hardwood floor. (Use up to a full cup of vinegar for tile or ceramic floors.). Then add 5 – 10 drops of lemon, pine, or spruce essential oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dish washing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.

15. Carpet Cleaning – Add 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil to a gallon of an all natural carpet cleaning recipe or solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpet and rugs, and leave a fresh smell in the room.

16. Carpet Freshener – To make a carpet freshener, add 16-20 drops of the essential oil to 1 cup of baking soda. Mix the ingredients well in a covered container overnight.  The next day shake well before using and then sprinkle lightly all over carpets. Let sit for a little bit and then vacuum up.

17. Refrigerator Deodorizer – Place a few drops of lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator to help eliminate odors.

18. Dishes – Add a few drops to your sink of soapy dishwater, for extra cleaning power and a lemony fresh dishes.

19. Dishwasher – Add a few drops to your dishwasher for extra cleaning power, and combat water spots.

20. Sinks and Pan Cleaner – A few drops of Lemon essential Oil cleans sinks (bathroom and kitchen!) so beautifully, and get even the dirtiest of pans, so clean, you’ll want to keep going. (That’s what happened to me. ;)  )

21. Brighten Laundry Whites – 20-30 drops of Lemon Essential Oil in your wash of whites will do the work of bleach, helping keep your whites, white.

22. Dryer Sheet – Add 3-4 drops on a small clean rag and throw it in with your clothes in the dryer, and they’ll come out smelling as fresh and clean as they are.

23. Leather and Silver – Use a little bit of lemon oil to clean your leather and protect it by adding moisture back into it.  Try using a bit on a soft cloth to polish early tarnish on real silver. Spot-test a small area first before applying all over.

24. Lemon Flavoring – Lemon Essential Oil can be used in any recipe to add a hint of lemon flavor or a real lemony zing! Think marinades, salad dressing, cakes, etc.  Taste test as you go, as one 1 drop goes a long way!

25. Problem Removal – Use 1–2 drops to remove gum from hair (work in until gum crumbles off), crayon from surfaces, or sticky price tag glue from items.

 CLICK HERE to PRINT THIS LIST out for your reference!

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No, Not All Essential Oils Are The Same-Quality Matters

     It’s important to understand when choosing which essential oils to use, that there are different grades available, and some are at much lower prices.

There’s a reason for that!

While there are lower priced essential oils available in your local health store or grocery store, they are probably fine for cleaning or using in some personal care recipes. But, if you are using lemon essential oil for medicinal uses, internally, or treating an ailment in any way, you want to be using a high quality oil, for real results.  And it’s it’s vitally important to be sure to check with the oil company that they are safe to ingest. Essential Oil Safety is very important.

     This why I only use the dōTERRA brand, which I trust for the highest of quality and purity.  I highly recommend using a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oil, such as dōTERRA.
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Are you interested in purchasing dōTERRA essential oils at wholesale pricing? >>>> START HERE!

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If you have any questions about using essential oils, please feel free to contact me! (Just click the pink email button at the top of the right sidebar.)

FUN FACTS!
–  dōTERRA sources their lemons from Italy, to make their lemon essential oil, because they have found that a primary key to superior essential oil quality is the location in which the plant is grown.
–  It takes 45 lemons to create ONE 15 ML bottle of dōTERRA Lemon Essential Oil.

If you enjoyed this post, you may also love The Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil & 25 Ways to Use It!

Have you tried using Lemon Essential Oil? Please share with us in what ways have you used it to enhance your health or home living!

-Laura

Polka Dot and Plaid 4th of July Printables, for Celebrations/Cookouts

I have been having fun designing some 4th of July printables to share with you, to add a fun red, white and blue themed touch to any cookout or celebration you may have planned, with family and/or friends. (Or, you can even print the cute Bitty Pennants out and string up in your home!) These are the little details that make hosting a gathering so fun to plan, and also the details that impress your guests, and make them smile. So I hope you like them! I tried to design them with simple direction right on them, to show you how easy they can be to prepare.  But I will give you some printing tips, at the end here as well, after you look at the previews of the printables in this post.  But first . . . . . .

*IMPORTANT NOTE:  *Do NOT save the images of the printables you see below,but rather use the download links after the images at the end, for the full size printables.  What you see here are just low resolution previews, and not suitable for printing.

I must say, I think these Bitty Pennants are adorable!  I gave them some tabs, so they can be folded right over some thin ribbon or string, and then just secured with a little piece of tape.  If you choose to download the pennants, please note that you will need both Part 1 and 2.

 

These wrappers, designed for cupcakes, could possibly also be used around the bottom of those short clear acrylic cups, filled with fruit treat ideas like these.

 

How cute would these little cards be, sitting tent-like on your food table in front of each dish, letting guests know what’s on the menu?

 

Lastly, these cards I actually designed last year, but decided to offer them all to you again. They are a bit bigger cards, and print as a full 8.5 x 11 sheet. All you need to do is cut on the solid line, and fold on the dotted. You can hang them to spin on strings, put them tent like on the tables, or slide them under a glass table top. They are like birthday cards for America, and really remind everyone the reason for celebrating, and the gift that our freedom is.

Printing suggestions:  I recommend printing any or all printables at least on some good cardstock, as opposed to regular printer paper.  Be sure for each download you choose of the links below, that you choose the correct orientation for printing, as well as your highest quality printing setting!  Also, if you’d really like to get vibrant colors closer to what you see on your computers, try printing on matte photo paper.

With that, here are the download links, for the actual full-size printables. Just click on the link, and when the image comes up, right click, and ‘Save Image As’, to where you will be able to a location where you will find them on your computer. (Again, do not save and print the images above, or they will look terrible, and waste your ink and paper.)

Bitty Pennants-Part 1

Bitty Pennants-Part 2

 Cupcake Wrappers

Dish-Name Table Card Tents

America’s Birthday Cards

I hope you enjoy these, as well as your celebrations of fun, food, family and friends!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

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Last Minute May Day (Baskets & Delivery) Tips & Ideas!

 

     May Day is less than a week away.  But if you really want to touch some hearts and make some older folks in your life feel so unforgotten, this is a wonderful thing to do with your children!  It not only has the potential to teach them a bit of History, but it teaches them about kindness and compassion, as well.  What’s more, it couldn’t be more fun and exciting!  

 

PLANNING YOUR MAY DAY CONTAINERS

    Planning, putting together, and secretly delivering  May Day Baskets, is something we have done with our kids for the past 4 consecutive years, from 2008 – 2011.  Every year, the number of our recipients has grown. It can be done as simply or as involved as you choose, depending on the time or expense you’d like to put into it. While the traditional May baskets years ago were simply filled with wild flowers, picked special just for the recipient, we have really tended to get into the ideas for our basket contents! (Cheap affordable baskets can be found at any low budget department stores, such as Wal*Mart, as well as places like the Christmas Tree Shoppes.)  But you don’t need to.  The thought and fun behind it is not more or less, no matter what you give in the basket. It’s what you give from your heart, to their’s, that matters most.  

    So if just delivering a beautiful bunch of flowers is more the way you’d like to go, here are a couple of other simple container ideas I found on Pinterest: 

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Most everyone has some cans in the house!  Wash them out, get rid of any sharp edges, punch some holes in the side and thread with some lovely ribbon or rope for a handle, and fill with flowers!  If you really want to dress it up, create a label of your own.  Consider having your kids make some drawings, and glue them on!

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Another idea is the traditional way…..making a simply paper cone.  There are beautiful scrap booking papers in any craft store that you can use.  Add some pretty trim, a handle, and the flowers, and you have a beautiful May Day surprise!

    Today, as we share photos from our baskets over the years throughout this post, we’d also like to share some other tips and ideas, in the hopes that you will be inspired to really make some older folks day!  You must know how much the little things mean to them, and this big surprise they find on their doorstep or door handle will be something that talk about for a long time to come.

WHO WILL RECEIVE YOUR MAY DAY BASKETS?

   May Day baskets were typically delivered to older folks years ago (on May Day of course), so this is a tradition they will well remember and appreciate.  Think of what older folks are in your life, who your children might want to deliver to.   Once you determine how many recipients you’ll have, you’ll know how many baskets (or other forms of containers) you’ll need. Some people to consider:

  • Grandparents
  • Older Neighbors
  • Older Folks you know from Church
  • Other Friendly Aquaintences

    Naturally, for doorstep delivery, you’ll need to know where these folks live! Normally, the idea is for the children to sneak up to the door, hang the basket on the doorknob (or place on the porch where the recipient will see it when they open the door), ring the doorbell, and run like the dickens!! With any luck, they’ll get away without being seen, and the recipient will only find a lovely basket of flowers and/or goodies.

     BUT, another very thoughtful idea is to deliver them in person, to random folks in a nursing home.  Many older folks feel quite forgotten at such homes, with few visitors.  Just seeing your children’s faces will feel like such a blessing to them.  Getting flowers and/or other goodies will do their hearts so good. (And yours too!).  This is a great alternative if May Day turns out to be rainy too.   Consider calling a home to let them know you are coming ahead of time, and ask them to put together (your number) of recipients who do not have loved ones to visit them.

 

MAY DAY BASKET CONTENTS

     If you’ve decided to fill your baskets with goodies beyond wild flowers, here are some content ideas we have used over the years:

  • A Tea Bag Variety
  • Hard Candy (Consider sugar-free for possible diabetics)
  • Baked Goods from your own kitchen (Mini loves, muffins, cookies, cupcakes)
  • Pocket Tissue Packets
  • Prayer Cards
  • Small Short & Uplifting Story Books
  • Cross Word Puzzle Books
  • Tea Biscuits
  • Flowers
  • A scroll explaining the tradition of May Day Basket Delivery (A great time to educate the kids about this tradition)

Basically, anything that fits in the basket!  What creative ideas can you and your kids come up with?

Lining your baskets before filling, is another option.  You can use tissue paper, an open napkin, a cloth napkin, or even a new kitchen dish towel, which is a gift in itself!

 

BASKET TAGS

    It’s nice to have a tag attached, that wishes them HAPPY MAY DAY!  That tends to remove any confusion of why the basket was left. They will realize it is May 1st soon enough, and put it all together. (And them SMILE, no doubt!)   Whether you sign your tag or not is up to you. Sometimes there is concern that the recipients will be frightened, or be afraid to eat the contents.  So if that is a real concern, you can sign them.  But the real fun is to let it be a mystery!  It’s also a wonderful lesson for your children, that we can do kind things for others, and not need to get credit.

    Here is a free printable tag I made one year, that I am happy to share with you:   MAY DAY BASKET TAGS

 

 

PLANNING DELIVERIES

    This year (2012), May Day falls on a (this) Tuesday.  Since we homeschool, we have always rearranged our school work for the day, and made our deliveries in the morning, usually between 9:00-11:00 a.m.  But if your kids are in school, evening delivery is just as acceptable!

    Before leaving home, plan out your delivery route, according to where your recipients live.  Knowing the order of stops ahead of time makes for smoother deliveries. 

   Also important is to plan ahead WHO will be running up to which doors, and running.  We have 4 kids.  So rather than they all go up to each door, risking injury and getting caught, by tripping over each other, they decided among themselves who would do which homes.  This saved any arguing about the matter in the vehicle too, which could really suck the fun out of it all!

 

  I especially loved one idea we had last year:  Making little flowering window sill tea cup plants.  Along with some perfect size Chicken Soup for the Soul books!  The above photo is all of the basket contents, pre-assembly.  The photo below is them all together.

       Naturally, every year around May Day, I have taken lots of photos, from basket assembling, to the secret deliveries themselves.  Going through those posts always make me smile.  Especially when the kids were so little! So if you care to, you are free to visit the previous years blog post links, and hopefully dig up some more inspiration, to deliver some love, yourselves.

  • 2011 – Did not blog deliveries, but last year’s basket photos are shown above.

     Following May Day last year, we decided it was likely our last year of planning and delivering May Day Baskets.  Reason being, 1) the kids are getting a little too old (and big! for this particular serving in secret, and 2) after 4 years, we’re not such a secret anymore! When you start getting thank you cards in the mail, you know they’ve finally figured you out! ; )  But, the lessons have been good for our children, and there is nothing better than the feel-good-feeling, of giving in secret! Our hearts are always open to new ideas and ways in which we can serve others, as God calls us all to do.  The possibilities are endless, and there are always daily opportunities in our lives, and yours.

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“In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Matthew 25:40
“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

 


 

Valentine Printable (free, to go with Chocolate Covered Spoons)


This is a Valentine card printable, that I specifically designed to go with our Valentine Chocolate Covered Spoons, for our kids to give as Valentines to their friends.  But, we are also offering it to you all, as a free printable!

  First, here is what the Valentine looks like in detail:

(Minus the watermark….if you print out a sheet.)

I mentioned I wanted to get back to enjoying some of my hand artwork, and so I did sketch the cup, in a chocolate brown colored pencil.  It’s been awhile, but I had fun doing it!  I hope you like it.

This is what it could look like, given with a chocolate covered spoon, as a very unique Valentine:

We chose to also add a pack of hot chocolate.  That an option.

Here is how we simply attached it all together:

I apologize for the lousy photo.  It was growing dark and I was having a hard time focusing. But you should get the idea with an explanation:  A single hole punch towards the right side, through the sealed packet of cocoa if you are adding that too.  Then using the pretty silver twist ties that came with the clean bags, we just twisted it around the spoon handle, arranging the spoon to be ‘inside’ the cup, visually.   Easy!  Cute!!

So if you’d like the free printable, 5 come on sheet. I would recommend printing on white card stock, instead of floppy printer paper.  Just make as many sets of 5 as you need, and cut them into individuals!  This below is not full size, but just to give you an idea of how they are arranged on a sheet:

Each card is the same size as Swiss Miss Cocoa packets!
 
HERE is the printable as a full size PDF.
 
If you like it,consider it a little gift, and have a Happy Valentine’s Day.
If you don’t, have a Happy Valentine’s Day, anyway!




4th of July Celebration Table Printables – Free!

Happy long 4th of July Weekend, Everyone!

I designed these two 4th of July folded, 2-sided card printables this morning,
for our tables this weekend, and I am happy to share them with you!

Above is just a web-sized sample for you to see, only.

(Printed version will be sharp looking. ; )

To download the full resolution 8.5″ x 11″, click here! >> But read and follow directions below:

Do not make the mistake of just printing out the image that comes up at that link > It is a low resolution image and will print fuzzy. 
To print the full resolution image:
1) Click the GEAR WHEEL in the upper right hand corner
2) Select ‘Download Zip File’ from the drop down menu, and download it.
3) Find the folder under your downloads, and open it.
4) Print what you want.

Select the LANDSCAPE orientation, when *printing out.

*For sturdier cards, consider printing on heavier card-stock, rather than ordinary
printing paper, and/or laminating the cards if possible, after cutting.

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Cut on the solid line. ____________

ENJOY your printables, AND your long holiday weekend!

Keep it safe, Peeps!!