If I were forced to choose only one essential oil, for its sheer versatility, I would pick lemon.
Lemons have anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. To disinfect kitchen and bathroom counters, add a few drops of essential oil in a glass bottle with water, or apply the drops directly onto a damp towel. Similarly, you can sanitize doorknobs, light switches, and clean stainless steel appliances.
For the best DIY furniture polish, add to a small amount of olive oil a few drops of lemon oil. Just a dab of this blend on a clean no scratch cloth goes a long way on wood furniture. Leaves a freshness in the air that is void of the smelly pollutants of commercial polish.
It is worth remembering that properties of lemon make it a great natural degreasing agent. few drops added to dish soap or vinegar helps make kitchen cleaning more enjoyable. Unlike lemon juice, essential oils are not diluted in water, so less is needed.
All of these cleaning solutions can be applied to the inside of a vehicle.
To clean fruits and vegetables, apply a solution of 5 drops of oil to water in a glass spray bottle. Spray and let sit for one minute and then rinse.
Adding a few drops to hand soap gives extra assurance of getting rid of germs and bacteria. The scent of lemon blends nicely with floral, lavender and eucalyptus.
There are also applications with lemon oil for skin care. One is to combine raw oatmeal, water and a few drops of lemon oil for a face scrub.
Taken internally, lemon helps restore the body’s PH balance and boost immunity. It has medicinal uses for sore throats, colds, excessive mucus, cough, cold sores, and heartburn. Add a few drops to teas and warm or cold water. The concentration of the oils far exceeds that of juice extracted from lemons.
For arthritis, try drinking a glass of water with 10 drops of lemon a day.
Lastly, the scent of lemons is reported to enhance mood and increase mental focus.
Do you agree that lemon oil is universally beneficial?