3.15.2011

When Life Gives You Lemons Then Use Them


I have been wondering lately about some of the products that we use on our bodies and in our homes.  Do we really trust that they are safe to use?  I tend to not be much of a worrier but I am starting to wonder.  In an effort to be a little more green and to save money, I have been researching homemade beauty and cleaning products.  I thought I would give some of the really cool recipes that I have found a try and then share them with you.  Now don't get the idea that I have gone off completely because I still love to try and use traditional beauty products.  I have always been interested in herbs and essential oils and have found them to be useful in many situations in my life.  I thought they might be useful to you too.

Did you know that lemon helps reduce swelling of a sore throat?  I found that out a few years ago.  I have found that the old fashioned lemon drops really help when you have a sore throat (it has to be the real ones that have real lemon juice in them though).  That lemon ice treat that some of us enjoy in summer will also help soothe a sore throat or  one can even drink lemonade hot or cold.  Don't forget that it is full of vitamin C which also is beneficial in treating colds and viruses.    I have also found that 3 or 4 drops of lemon essential oil in my drinking water helps clear my sinuses.  I love smelling it and drinking it because it really gives me a lift.  Be sure to use a therapeutic grade essential oil though.  Young Living is my favorite brand.  Some other uses for lemon are:  
Rub a drop of Lemon  essential oil on a corn, callous, bunion or 

wart mornings and evenings until it disappears.  Use 1/2 lemon on elbows and knees to help soften rough skin and to gently lighten discoloration.  You can sprinkle a bit of salt on the lemon to aid in the scrubbing process.  


Have you noticed how many cleaning products include lemon?  There is a good reason that you find lemon in so many cleaning products.  It has natural antiseptic properties and it also helps to cut grease.   It also adds a really fresh clean scent. 
Use 1-2 drops of Lemon  essential oil to remove 

Gum, Oil, Grease Spots and Crayons


For Counter Tops: Add 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spray counter to sterilize.  

Here are some recipes I thought you might enjoy:



Lemon Sugar Scrub for Hands and Feet:
1/2 cup sugar (or salt if you prefer)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix all in small bowl.  Use to scrub hands and feet.  Rinse and pat dry.  Keep refrigerated.  Has a shelf life of 1 to 2 weeks

All Purpose Window Cleaner:
Mix in 1 qt spray bottle:  1 cup White vinegar, 10-15 drops of Lemon Essential Oil, 1 cup water.
Mix vinegar and water then oil.  Shake and use.
Until Next time
Debbie
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