When Life Gives You Lemons… diffuse them!

Sweltering sun, shorter nights, and lazy days all means summer has finally arrived. Essentique’s organic lemon essential oil is sourced from Italy and is the perfect zesty bright touch you need to beat the summer heat and reinvigorate your senses after a long day in the hot sun. One whiff of lemon oil often fills me with a light freshness, reminding me of an ice cold glass of lemonade or a citrus filled fruit salad.

Most commonly, lemon oil can be used in a diffuser to benefit from it’s many therapeutic actions. The beautiful citrus is light and fresh with a touch of sweetness that can be useful to heighten consciousness, refresh your senses, dispel sluggishness, and revitalize energy. Lemon is known to be antidepressive and is traditionally used to clear heat, dampness, and phlegm. Since it is a top note, lemon blends well with middle or base notes such as chamomile or rose. For a stronger scent, try blending it with eucalyptus to achieve the ultimate zesty and cleansing aroma.

Lemon oil’s chemical composition contains up to 90% limonene which is a monoterpene hydrocarbon and is also a major component of the peel of citrus fruits from which it’s derived. Monoterpene hydrocarbons are molecules that generally have a dry quality to them, making it perfect to use if you’ve been sweating or feeling excessively oily. Lemon is also an astringent, meaning it can cause contraction of skin cells and may restore some luster in dull, sagging, or tired skin. However, citric oils are phototoxic and can damage the skin if applied and then exposed to sunlight, so it’s recommended to utilize such oils at night and for short periods of time.  Lemon oil is rich in antioxidants, citric acid, and vitamin c while also having amazing antiseptic properties that help fight bacteria. If applied as a spot treatment on the skin, lemon oil may reduce the appearance of acne and scarring or discoloration.

Citrus scents such as lemon are my personal favorite aromas for summer weather. To find similar scents, look for Essentique’s essential oil blends Steady Heart, Go, and Bonne Santé which all include organic lemon oil. But however you choose to utilize Essentique’s lemon essential oil, it’s crisp freshness will undoubtedly leave you feeling energized and uplifted.

By Rojean Janzad

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