Sunshine In A Bottle
by Ashley Knight
As a native Arizonan, I grew up with lots of sunshine and citrus trees. I never realized how special it was to have citrus trees everywhere until I met my husband. He grew up around Houston, Texas and was amazed by the orange, lemon and grapefruit trees all over the Phoenix area. He told me when he was first in Phoenix, he and his buddies were picking oranges off a tree on a golf course because they thought it was so amazing to have oranges right there. After now living in Houston for five years I can see how I took that for granted. Luckily, I have lemon essential oil to bring back the experience of fresh lemons without having a tree in my yard. It’s bright, refreshing scent reminds me of sunny days and sweet lemonade.
Young Living’s lemon essential oil is so potent it takes 75 lemons to make one 15 ml bottle of lemon oil! So instead of growing a lemon tree, I use Lemon Vitality™ essential oil in place of fresh lemons. We especially love to add it to our water. It’s so refreshing and uplifting to drink. It makes drinking lots of water more flavorful and exciting. It can also be used for marinades, salad dressings, add it to yogurt, etc. It so versatile for flavor as well as for many different purposes in and out of the kitchen. A great way to use it in the kitchen is to clean fresh fruit and berries.
Once I went to a pick-your-own-blueberry farm and picked buckets of blueberries. While picking berries, I started to talking to a lady who was a knowledgeable oil user and told me when I got home to soak all my berries in water with a few drops of lemon oil to clean them. I would never have thought of doing that but it worked so well as it not only cleaned them but helped to extend the life of the berries. I love how I always seem to run into other oil users and learn from them.
When your kids touch a nasty surface and then find themselves with a virus or congested sinuses, lemon oil is also there to help. Lemon essential oil that is diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil may be an effective decongestant. In Debra Raybern’s book, Gentle Babies she recommends applying it diluted on babies’ backs and the back of their necks for congestion. This is the book that I use when deciding the oils to use on our daughters. I’ve used the lemon essential oil on both girls and have seen wonderful results. After a recent application to our 8 month old, her nose started to run within an hour of application. Amazing!
My husband and I’ve also used it to treat those nasty blemishes that pop up on your face. You know the ones where you feel like they are so big they just might start talking. Well, lemon essential oil takes care of those right away. We apply it neat to the blemish. (Neat is the term used for applying an oil directly without dilution.) However you wouldn’t want to put it all over your face as that would be very uncomfortable. Also, citrus oils shouldn’t be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours. So when your are treating acne with it, please be careful and avoid the direct sun.
Here is a great testimonial about using to treat blemishes:
“Lemon oil works wonders with both whiteheads and regular blemishes. I will put one drop full strength on the blemish before bed. In most cases the blemish or whitehead dries up with one application. If stubborn, I do Lemon oil again in the morning and just before retiring.
By the second morning it is GONE! I recommend applying it full strength. Also, I like to stay out of the sun after applying it on my skin. Whiteheads can be deep and hard to get out but the Lemon oil seems to bring the whitehead to the surface quickly. I have never had to do more than 2 days of Lemon oil on any skin problem, ever!”
Also, I had to include this next testimonial. Many times I’ve wondered what oil would be good to help with hiccups and I will definitely be trying this myself next time.
“Hiccups are a burden to me, whether they are mine or someone else’s. Since I started using the essential oils I have had hiccups only one or two times. Opening the bottle of Lemon, taking 3-4 good deep whiffs of the oil, the hiccups are gone quickly, much to my relief.
Because of this experience I will share a short story of someone who came into my office recently with hiccups. A fellow essential oil user came to my office & shared that he had been hiccuping for about 12 hours. (Imagine my reaction to that!) Anyway, he asked to see my copy of the Essential Oil Desk Reference to find the recommended oils to rid himself of them. A number of oils are listed – Tarragon, Cypress, Spearmint.
While he was reading the book I pulled out my Lemon oil & gave it to him. Without reading which oil it was, he opened the bottle, took one deep breath of the Lemon and the hiccups stopped! Needless to say, neither of us even needed to see if the other oils worked for us. Lemon oil was it!”
The cloudy, chilly days of winter are upon us so be sure and get your bottle of lemon essential oil so that you too can experience a little bit of sunshine and summer when you need it.
Ashley Knight is married to her best friend and husband, Nick, and mama to two sweet, joyful girls, Grace and Finnegan. She is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle, travel, Young Living essential oils and products, eating whole foods, serving others and learning about God’s magnificent, undeserved Grace.
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Ashley’s lived in Texas for 5 years now and has officially picked up Y’all and Sir/Ma’am but will always be a native Arizonan. When not chasing or nursing a little one, Ashley is reading and learning how to support her family’s health and wellness with Young Living’s diverse products and pure essential oils.
Disclaimer: I am a Mom who is passionate about using natural products to improve the health of her family, but I’m not a medical professional. The information in the blog is for educational information only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease, illness or injury should consult a physician.