What is lemon oil?
Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rind of the lemon fruit, Citrus limon. It has a crisp, clean, uplifting scent and is commonly used in DIY cleaning products. Lemon Essential Oil is high in d-Limonene, ß pinene, γ-terpimene.
Benefits of lemon oil:
Lemon essential oil can be used for its powerful cleansing properties. Many people use it in DIY cleaners around the home for a much safer, natural alternative to store-bought cleaners. It is safe to use these homemade cleaners in your homes with pets in them, and much better for them! It is also helpful for brightening the mood in the home when diffused, and can be used to get sticky goo like gum or tree sap from your animals coat.
It is emotionally referred to as the oil of focus. It aids in concentration and helps decrease frustration in learning, as well as improving clarity and decreasing mental fatigue. It helps dispel lack of energy and joy and promotes confidence and alertness.
*Lemon oil may cause photosensitization. Use caution when applying topically.
How to use lemon oil with animals:
Lemon oil can be diffused, applied topically or given internally.
For horses and cattle, apply topically by dropping 4-6 drops along the spine from tail to head, over the poll for increased energy and focus, or directly to an area of concern. This oil can be added 1 drop per gallon of water in troughs or buckets (ensure it is PETE 1 or 2 plastic or non-plastic) with a dispersal such as vegetable glycerin, or it can be given 2 drops in feed twice a day to help support natural cleansing.
For dogs, dilute 1 drop per 2 cups drinking water in a non-plastic dish (ceramic, metal, or glass), mix 1 drop with food or dilute 1 drop in 50-100 drops of carrier and apply topically. Diffusion is excellent as well.
For cats, water diffusion is preferred, and ensure the door is open so the cat may leave the room if they wish. Not for topical or internal use with cats.
Lemon is safe to diffuse around reptiles and small mammals as well. It can also be added 1 drop per gallon of drinking water for chickens and turkeys, pet birds, and small herbivore animals.