Disclaimer: I received a free bottle of LaLune 100% Pure Lemon Oil in exchange for an honest & unbiased review. All opinions expressed here are my own.
Lavender, rosemary, peppermint... these have been the staple essential oils around my house for years. Lavender to freshen up linens and rooms, rosemary rubbed into temples for headaches, and peppermint for indigestion. Lemon is now added to the mix and has quickly become one of my go-to essential oils.
About a year ago I discovered the vast world of essential oil DIYS (Thank you, Pinterest!) and have been having a great time testing new home and bath/body projects. Throughout this post you will find purple links to the original recipes that I found most helpful or intriguing. Just click on through and they will open in a new window.
I love lemon! When my LaLune Naturals 100% Pure Lemon Oil arrived, I couldn't wait to use it. Right after opening the package, I whipped up a 1/3 batch of EveryDayRoots.com's Olive Oil and Lemon furniture polish, basically 1/2 c. olive oil with a few drops of lemon oil mixed in. I dabbed a bit onto a soft cloth and rubbed it over half of my dining room table. In the photo above you can see the difference on either side of the bottle. I have since made this polish using coconut oil, also with excellent results - smells great too!
The kind folks at LaLune Naturals sent me a large 4 oz bottle. The dark bottle keeps light from deteriorating the oil and a handy glass dropper is included for easy measuring. You only need a little bit at a time so this will last me a while. Lemon essential oil has a clean refreshing scent, not bitter at all. It mixes well with a large variety of other aromas, which increases the number of uses for this particular fragrance. A few things I have done with it include:
Cleaning the microwave. Fill a microwave safe bowl part way with water. Add a couple of drops of lemon oil. Microwave on high for a few minutes until you get a good steam going on. Turn the micro off but do not open the door. Let the interior steam for a few minutes (more if a nasty job). Then carefully remove the bowl and wipe out the microwave with a damp cloth. The mess comes right off and smells good. *The leftover lemon water can be drizzled around your doorway or garden. It is supposed to help deter some bugs and spiders. Alternatively, if you feel comfortable pouring it down your sink, it will freshen up your drain and garbage disposal. *
Brighten up a room by adding a few drops to an electric oil warmer. I like mix it with rosemary oil for a pick me up, or a dash of vanilla extract for a yummy cozy smell. I also fell in love with the lavender/lemon combo for an all around clean scent... so much so that I:
Add a dash or two of lemon and lavender oils to my vacuum cleaner bag every time I install a new one. A quick pass with the vac and the house smells waaay cleaner than it really is.
Always have a spray bottle of homemade air freshener in the wings for zapping the air or linens. I had been using lavender oil in this recipe from BackToHerRoots.com for months but found that I preferred the scent with much less vodka (or rubbing alcohol) and more water, so I've tweaked it. I also now add a couple of drops of lemon oil, just enough to add the clean scent but not overpower the lavender. It smells wonderful and lacks the unpronounceable chemicals found in most commercial air fresheners. I have also splashed some of this into the washing machine when I'm running a particularly funky load.
You can find more air freshener recipes at ThePrarieHomestead.com. Many include lemon oil. You can also swap out any citrus oils in the other recipes with lemon if you love the scent as much as I do.
Florida summer's can be wilting and lemon is such a revitalizing fragrance. A couple of drops added to Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo has been a sweet eye opener in the mornings. Be sure to give the bottle a quick shake before each use to remix and don't get it in your eyes. As with any essential oil, before slathering yourself in your latest DIY potions, it is a good idea to first test a drop (diluted with a neutral oil) on your skin to make sure that you will not have a negative reaction.
The other day was hot and dragging. And so was I. Seeking a pick-me-up, I made a body spray based upon the peppermint mist created back in April for my son's hot feet (still his fave, by the way). Starting with the same 2 oz of water and 2-3 drops of peppermint oil, I then added a drop of lemon oil and 2 drops of argan oil. A good shake and spritz and I was feeling (and smelling) a whole lot fresher.
*The argan oil is optional. I have very dry skin, even in high humidity and it adds a non greasy, quickly absorbed yet moisturizing layer. You could easily leave out the argan oil. This is a super flexible "recipe". Add more lemon oil or even swap out the peppermint for another favorite flavor ... hmm... maybe add something that keeps mosquitos at bay. I will have to look into that. You could also do like my son and store your spritz mix in the refrigerator for extra cooling action. Just remember to give a it shake before spraying.*
LaLune Naturals has some wonderful free ebooks on their website with lots essential oil DIY projects for your home and body. Some even use ingredients commonly found in the home, like vinegar. Click here to check them out and get inspired.
I am looking forward to playing with more potion and lotion DIYS using this lovely lemon oil and will be sure to share them on the blog. Totaally excited to try some crafts from HumbleBeeAndMe, including the Lemon Meringue Whipped Soap and Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs. Yes, I'm excited to make toilet bombs. Sounds scary but apparently smells nice.
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What are your favorite uses for lemon essential oil?
Any successful experiments or projects you've pinned?
Please share. I'm always looking for something new to try.