When you think of lemon, I’ll bet you think of summer. I know I do. It just smells like summer and that quintessential summer drink, lemonade. But… Lemon is also a great scent for fall. Why? Because it’s a fabulous essential oil for anyone who needs help concentrating or whose memory needs a bit of a boost.
Most parts of the lemon (Citrus limon) from the zest, to the juice, to the fruit pulp itself are used in food and beverages. Mmmm… lemon meringue pie, lemonade, lemon ricootta pancakes, lemon drops, limoncello, lemon cupcakes… but I digress.
Both the juice and the essential oil (which comes from the rind) are used in cleaning products. They don’t add lemon just for the lovely scent, although that doesn’t hurt. Lemon juice is 5-6% citric acid and has a pH of 2.2, which means it’s quite acidic which also means it’ll power off some dirt and grime from whatever you’re cleaning. Both the juice and the essential oil are strong deodorizers and topical disinfectants which are stellar properties for a cleaning agent, dontcha think?
Here are some of the best things to use lemon EO for:
Blend lemon with:
Lemon essential oil is a photosensitizer, so it’s best to not use it topically if you’re going to be in the sun, unless you want a stellar sunburn. If you must use it topically, use at a dilution of 2% or less.