Do you know it takes approximately 75 lemons to make one bottle of lemon essential oil? Lemon essential oil includes the naturally occurring constituent limonene. Lemon may also be used to enhance the flavor of foods and water. Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of Citrus limon, a 10- to 20-foot evergreen tree with highly scented blossoms and fruits. Lemons have been valued since antiquity for their distinctively sour taste which is due to the fruit’s citric acid content. As early as 90 B.C. there are records of lemons being used in Jerusalem in ancient festivals, and were used in Europe as early as 200 A.D. They were introduced to the Americas in 1493. Do you know it isn't really even an essential oil? Really. You see, the definition of an essential oil is plant matter in the form of oil, derived through steam distillation. Citrus oils are not steam distilled. They are cold-pressed from the rinds. Like olives are pressed. All the oils squeeze out of the rind, purified, and bottled. This means though, that it has a shelf-life. How long is up for debate. Put your grubby little fingers directly on the orifice and you've got a few months, tops. Drop it out into your hand like you should with all essential oils, and you have a year or possibly up to two. Two things to note here. 1) You will never have that oil for a year. You will adore it and use it and buy more. 2) This information ONLY pertains to citrus oils. As long as I dispense my steam distilled oils properly, I expect to be able to use the same bottle ten or twenty years from now. That being said, the only way that is humanly possible in my house is if I lost it and found it twenty years later, because we go through some serious oils in this house.
- We find that lemon makes an amazing stain remover! I just put a dab on the stain and work it in well for a minute and wash. We have gotten out some pretty stubborn set in stains with lemon essential oil. It’s great when you don’t have to throw away your 13 year olds favorite shirt!
- Lemon is incredibly high in limonene and helps to support a healthy immune system.
- I love to add a few drops of lemon to my water, always in a glass or stainless steel container because lemon eats petrochemicals (plastics). I find it very refreshing and feel good knowing it is helping to keep my body clean from unwanted toxins.
- My daughter likes to diffuse lemon while she is doing her school work. It helps her to focus on her work and stay mentally sharp.
- I like to take a capsule of lemon to support proper kidney function and keep my urinary tract healthy and working at peak performance.
- I use lemon to support a healthy digestive and circulatory system.
- Lemon is GREAT at cleaning up permanent marker. And it even worked (and was the only safe option I could think of to use) on my daughters face!!!