Thanks for tuning in to Twelve Minute Health Bits. This is your host, Christen Hull, providing health and wellness support for the 21st century. We will be talking about using simple methods from today and centuries ago to keep our bodies healthy. Our goal is to daily stay “Above the Wellness Line.” Check out episode #2 where I discuss what it means to live above the wellness line. In this podcast I will be giving you tips and tricks on how to daily make small changes to your life in order to keep your body well.
Episode 04 - For the Love of Lemon
Why do I love lemon essential oil so much? Well, if you dive into research it is quite compelling what this little bottle of plant juice is able to accomplish. Lemon is affordable, tasty, resourceful, and incredibly versatile. Before I get into the nitty gritty of what just a couple of drops of high quality lemon essential oil can do, I want you to go over to your diffuser and put 6 drops of lemon essential oil in it, fill it with water, and then fire it up! Next, go to your sink, grab 8-12 ounces of water in a glass (please do not use plastic) and put 1-4 drops of lemon essential oil (of course one labeled safe for consumption) into your water. Sip on that while you listen to this broadcast.
When I first started my natural health journey, I wanted to do as much as I could to be healthy and I was the type of person that always had a cut lemon in my fridge or by the sink. I loved putting a squeezed lemon in my water, but I found it kind of a bother. Not to mention, expensive. Organic lemons can cost up to $4.50/lb. Quality lemon essential oil that is safe for ingestion can cost less than $0.05/drop with the need to use only 1-4 drops per use. Also, I do not know about you, but I used to have lemons sit and rot in my fridge leaving a ton of waste. Lemon essential oil straight from the bottle is convenient. Just take the top off the bottle, drop it in your glass or stainless steel water bottle, and drink! That is it! No waste, and your lemon essential oil will not go bad or get rotten. It will last you for as long as you have the bottle if you keep it out of direct sunlight and keep the cover tightly on the bottle.
So what are some of the other amazing benefits of lemon essential oil?
Mood Enhancers. Some studies have found lemon essential oil to offer mood-enhancing effects (Watson, n.d.). A study in 2006 performed three stress test experiments on mice and each test showed the oil to be a mood improving agent (Komiya, Takeuchi, & Harada, 2006).
Comfort. Lemon essential oil has also been studied in regards to humans and comfort. What they found was that the mood-enhancing effects may actually just change how humans respond to discomfort when inhaling lemon, but more research is needed to determine if it actually changes the level of discomfort the person is undergoing (Watson, n.d.).
Queasy Morning Stomach When Pregnant. I wish I would have known about this 2014 study in regards to a queasy morning stomach when I was pregnant with my girls. I would have been diffusing lemon essential oil constantly. The study found that the aromatherapy benefits of lemon essential oil decreased, and in some cases even alleviated, the symptoms of that queasy stomach feeling (Safajou, Shahnazi, & Nazemiyeh, 2014; Watson, n.d.).
Skin. There have been other studies conducted to show that lemon essential oil is excellent for your skin. Lemon essential oil contains properties that have been shown to brighten and preserve skin tone because of the powerful antioxidants (Maurya, Mohanty, Pal, Chanotiya, & Bawankule, 2018).
You can add it to your skin serum made out of essential oils. My favorite is to mix up 15 drops of each of these oils, frankincense, sacred frankincense, jasmine, lemon, geranium, patchouli, blue tansy, and then I top it off with some cold-pressed rosehip seed oil. I mix this together in a glass bottle with an eye dropper top that I purchased from Amazon. Please see my podcast notes for a link to this product and others mentioned in today’s broadcast.
I put a couple drops in the palm of my hand and rub it on my face two times a day (morning and night). Now I am going to be perfectly honest with you, I have great skin at this point in my life. Years ago, that was not the case. When I started cleaning up my lifestyle, using essential oils, eating a healthier diet, and using personal care products that did not contain hormone disrupting chemicals, that is when I noticed a significant difference in my skin.
Throat Discomfort. Using lemon essential oil that is safe for consumption in a tea with warm water and raw honey has been shown to help decrease the effects of a uncomfortable throat (Maurya et al., 2018).
Kill the Fungus. Lemon essential oil also has benefits that can help treat skin overgrowths (Orchard & vanVuuren, 2007). In the case of fungus on the foot, I would put lemon essential oil with tea tree and coconut oil in a small jar and apply three to four times daily to the affected area.
Mental Focus. If you are studying or working and need some help focusing, lemon essential oil diffused can be of serious benefit to you. Studies have shown it to have a positive brain effect on fourth graders taking exams as well as elderly with Alzheimer's disease (Akpinar, 2005; Jimbo, Kimura, Taniguchi, Inoue, & Urakami, 2009).
Remove Imperfections. Another fun trick about lemon essential oil is that it can and will remove sharpie markers from surfaces (make sure to test the surface first so it does not ruin it). Also, yucky gum or sticky residue can be easily removed with lemon essential oil. Again, try the lemon essential oil on a small area first to make sure it does not have negative effects on the surface. I do not have any scientific studies to back this claim up, I just have my own personal experience with four kids, sharpie markers, and stickers all over the place!
Now that we know all these fun facts about lemon, let’s look at the chemical constituents and pull out the limonene. Eating an orange is great and a wonderful thing to be doing. However, the juice of an orange is actually the least valuable part of the fruit for getting rid of illnesses (Young, Lawrence, & Schreduder, 2006, p. 15). The rind is actually the part of the fruit that is the most beneficial. The rind contains flavonoids, monoterpenes, and is rich in limonene. Limonene is what makes the citrus essential oils smell the way they do. However, limonenes are so much more beneficial than just to smell good. Limonenes help to combat cancers and cell mutations within the body (Young et al., 2006, p. 217).
Animal and human studies have been conducted and found to be incredibly beneficial for preventing cancer as well as slowing the progression of cancer. “A diet of only 2% limonene suppressed cancer growth by over 60% in one clinical trial at the Osaka Medical Center in Japan” (Young et al., 2006, p.221).
Well I do not know about you, but I am going to go grab my lemon essential oil that is labeled safe for consumption and add a couple more drops to my water!
As I wrap up this episode I want you to make sure your diffuser is filled and running with your lemon essential oil.
Since we learned so much about how lemon essential oil can clean and purify our bodies from the inside out, I am going to leave you with Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Before we go please write down this week’s positive affirmation of: I am clean and purified because I have what it takes to care for my body.
During this week, say that verse, write it out, and say the positive affirmation while you think about the patterns you want to change.
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Akpinar, B. (2005). The effects of olfactory stimuli on scholastic performance. The Irish Journal of Education, xxxvi, 86-90. Retrieved from http://www.erc.ie/documents/vol36chp5.pdf
Jimbo, D., Kimura, Y., Taniguchi, M., Inoue, M., & Urakami, K. (2009, December). Effect of aromatherapy on patients with Alzheimer's disease. Psychogeriatrics, 9(4), 173-179. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1479-8301.2009.00299.x
Komiy , M., Takeuchi, T., & Harada, E. (2006, September 25). Lemon oil vapor causes an anti-stress effect via modulating the 5-HT and DA activities in mice. Behavioural Brain Research, 172(2), 240-249. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbr.2006.05.006
Maurya, A.K., Mohanty, S., Pal, A., Chanotiya, C.S., & Bawankule, D.U. (2018, February 15). The essential oil from Citrus limetta Risso peels alleviates skin inflammation: In-vitro and in-vivo study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 212, 86-94. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/ j.jep.2017.10.018
Orchard, A., & vanVuuren, S. (2007, May 4). Commercial essential oils as potential antimicrobials to treat skin diseases. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2017, doi:10.1155/2017/4517971
Safajou F, Shahnazi M, Nazemiyeh H. (2014, March). The effect of lemon inhalation aromatherapy on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Iran Red Crescent Medical Journal.,16(3). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4005434/
Watson, K. (n.d.). What you need to know about lemon essential oil. Retrieved from Healthline website: https://www.healthline.com/health/lemon-essential-oil
Young, G. (2003). Essential oils integrative medical guide: Building immunity, increasing longevity, and enhancing mental performance with therapeutic-grade essential oils (2nd ed.). Life Sciences Press.
Young, G., Lawrence , R., & Schreuder, M. (2006). The ningxia wolfberry: The ultimate superfood (2nd ed.). Life Sciences Publishing.