Rejuvenate with Lemon

Posted on: June 20, 2018

Few things remind us of summer more than a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade. The tangy burst of citrus paired with a hint of sweet cools us off while delighting our taste buds.  The pitcher never stays full for long…


    


While lemonade may first come to mind when you think of lemons, there are actually a number of ways to use this year-round citrus fruit. From the pucker-inducing fruit and juice, bright yellow peel, and the essential oil it yields – lemons are incredibly versatile beyond the kitchen.

 

First, let’s discuss the lemon’s benefits.

 

Lemons, like their other citrus companions, are known for being a good source of Vitamin C, an important component when it comes to battling germs, encouraging wounds to heal, and absorbing iron. Your body doesn’t produce Vitamin C on its own, so it’s necessary to seek it from outside sources.1

 

Lemons are full of Vitamin C, a type of antioxidant that works to neutralize unstable oxygen molecules that have the potential to damage cells and tissues in your body.1 Including antioxidant-rich sources in your diet and using bath & body products with antioxidant-rich ingredients like Lemon Essential Oil can help promote a stronger wellbeing, inside and out. 

 

 

Mind: Lemon Essential Oil

 

Lemon Essential Oil is derived from the lemon peel, and it’s simple enough to make at home. Essential oils are created from molecules taken from seeds, leaves, bark, peels, and other natural plant-based materials. These oils are impressive for a number of reasons, chief among them is their concentrated scent that can influence both the mind and body. For example, studies have shown that Lemon Essential Oil can help increase serotonin production in our brain – a neurotransmitter that can increase feelings of happiness.2

 

Body: Nourish your hair and skin

 

Why not start your day then with the scent of fresh lemon? Avalon Organics® has a variety of bath & body products certified to an organic standard that include Lemon Essential Oil. Our Refreshing Lemon Bath & Shower Gel gently cleanses skin without the use of any synthetic fragrances or colors. Hydrate skin after each shower with Avalon Organics® Refreshing Lemon Hand & Body Lotion. Formulated with Shea Butter and Safflower Oil, a daily dose helps keep skin soft and nourished.

 

Lemon can also help break down dulling oils and dead skin cells, making it a wonderful ingredient for cleansing hair and scalp. On top of that, our Clarifying Lemon Shampoo and Conditioner help leave behind a lustrous finish. The duo is EWG VERIFIED™, ensuring that their ingredients and formulas are held to a high standard that supports environmental sustainability.

 

Soul: Fill your home.

 

To deepen the presence of lemon in your home, create a simple simmer pot using Lemons, Cardamom, and Sage. 

 

Materials:
Medium sauce pot
Water
10-20 Cardamom Pods
2 Sprigs of Sage
2 Lemons, thickly sliced
Lemon Essential Oil

 

Instructions:
Fill your pot up 2/3 of the way with water. 
Add in 10-20 Cardamom Pods.
Add Lemon Slices and Sage.
Add 10-20 drops Lemon Essential Oil.
Bring pot to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
Add more water every 30 minutes or so to continue steaming.

 

We hope you enjoy the refreshing and bright effects that lemon offers, both inside and out.  

 

 

Sources:
1 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jsfa.4164 
2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4354743/