With the start of a New Year, we all tend to reflect on the past year, with all of its lessons and gifts. Again this year, I’m not doing any structured resolutions. I’m still just putting one foot in front of the other, taking it one step at a time. To consider my own needs before automatically saying yes.
Saying “NO” is not easy, especially for a recovering people-pleaser and an over-doer. Doing the inner work is the on-going process of setting up healthy boundaries and ignoring your inner critic. When you are doing inner work it is important to find tools that will help you with the process. Some people use self-help books or meditation; Others may want to work with a life coach. For me, (you know what I’m going to say here) I like to use essential oils, because of how they make me feel. When I started to write this blog, the one oil that came to mind was Lemon…
Lemon, botanical name Citrus Limonum (or Limon), is thought to be native to India & Southeast China. The fruit reached Europe by way of Persia and the Middle East sometime around the twelfth century (Although some say Lemons were found in the ruins of Pompeii). In 1493, Columbus brought lemon with him to the West Indies, which introduced them to the new world. The main growers of lemons today are Italy, the USA, Spain & Argentina. The scent of Lemon essential oil is almost indescribable. To say that it is fresh and crisp doesn’t do it justice. It is also very versatile:
- useful to diffuse during cold and flu season due to it’s antimicrobial, and antiseptic properties.
- good to use when cleaning your house or doing your laundry.
Lemon is an uplifting, yet calming essential oil that is said to “open your heart and alleviate the fear of emotional involvement”; it helps with:
- stress, anxiety, depression
- may help with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself. So say yes to the things that are important to you. But pay attention to how you are feeling. If you are feeling exhausted or resentful, it may be because you are running yourself ragged doing things for everyone else. Our bodies give us clues when we are not paying enough attention or taking very good care of ourselves. It is important to say “NO” sometimes, and take time for yourself. In the end, it all comes back to having balance and healthy boundaries in your life.
Contraindications: Cold pressed”Lemon” Essential Oil is photosensitive so care should be taken not to expose the skin to sun or UV rays for 12 -24 hours after use.”
May cause irritation to sensitive skin. Always dilute before topical use.
*** Don’t add Lemon Essential oil to your drinking water. Check out this website for more info
My Blog is for information only & not meant to replace medical advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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