Brighten with lemon


This morning I had an intense craving for kale salad. I know, so weird. But lately I’ve felt like I’ve been missing veggies in my regular diet, and kale is like one of those super vegetables, the one that makes up for your veggie avoidance in one meal. All right, it’s not actually true, but hush. It’s hard enough being an adult about my veggies, okay? At any rate, I found this awesome recipe for chopped kale and Brussels sprouts with a lemon-honey-oil vinaigrette, and my mouth watered while I was making it. Except…I had no lemons. But I did have my lemon essential oil!

I often use lemon EO in my water, to brighten a smell in my diffuser, or in my nighttime skincare routine, but I’ve never used it in my recipes. I thought I’d give it a try in this vinaigrette, adding water and oil instead of lemon juice. The result? DELICIOUS! I also made a green smoothie with kale, frozen mango, and water, and added lemon EO to brighten it. This is one “mistake” I’ll make again.

Lemon is one of the essential oils that is constantly in my monthly Essential Rewards order (more on that later!) because it’s so versatile. I use it in almost everything. If a necessary oil has an unpleasant scent, I add a drop of lemon. If I’m feeling a little blue, lemon cheers me up. And lemon EO makes water taste yummy and refreshing.

Here are some of my favorite reasons I love lemon:

  • Relieves nausea
  • Improves digestion
  • Nourishes skin
  • May promote weight loss
  • Cleaning aide
  • Mood enhancer
  • Relieves allergies
  • Promotes detoxification

….and more!

And in case you wondering, here’s where you can find the same recipe for Kale Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette. It’s delicious!

Do you love lemon? What are your favorite qualities about this essential oil? Tell me in the comments!

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