When Life Gives You Lemons…make awesome lemon stuff!
Last week, you heard about my tirade of how I went through my house throwing away toxic chemical products. Well, it is no surprise that I have replaced my cleaning regime with various mixes utilizing lemon essential oil.
In order to get lemon essential oil, the peel or rind of the fruit is cold pressed in order to squeeze the essential oil out. It takes 75 real lemons to make a 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Less is definitely more in the way of essential oils.
How am I using lemon essential oil on a daily basis?
- By mixing lemon essential oil with white vinegar, I have been cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, door knobs, even my knick knacks.
- By adding a drop or so of lemon and lavender to a small piece of cotton cloth (recycled from old t-shirts) that I now use as my dryer sheet, keeps my clothes smelling fresh and clean.
- Adding a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to your *glass of water every morning helps as a natural detoxifier, helps to promote weight loss, and helps with energy levels. *IMPORTANT NOTE: When adding essential oils to your drinks, please ensure that you are using a glass product as essential oils are so concentrated that they will actually break down plastics.
- Adding a few drops to a two dozen batch of lemon crinkle cookies instead of using the lemon fruit or the lemon zest (peel). See recipe at the end.
Fun facts about lemons:
- Did you know that one whole lemon contains a full day’s supply of vitamin C, but the juice alone only holds about a third?
- Did you know that lemon juice is approximately 5% citric acid making it a natural way to slow the browning process of fresh, raw foods like bananas or apples?
- Did you know that if you cut a lemon in half and dip it in salt that it can be used to scour pots, brass and stainless steel?
- Did you know that in 1908, USDA employee Frank Nicholas Meyer brought a little fruit back from China that looked like an orange-yellow lemon but tasted much sweeter. The Meyer “lemon” is thought to be a cross between lemon and mandarin orange. Lemon-fragrant with a sugary soul, Meyers are fun to experiment with in both sweet and savory dishes.
Lemons can be used in both sweet as well as savory dishes and whenever a recipe calls for lemons, you can substitute with lemon essential oil; just remember that the oils are concentrated so less is more.
Lemon essential oil, with its wonderful health benefits as well as a clean, fresh scent, makes it so versatile that it is no wonder that it rapidly shot to the top of my list of favs to cook, clean and use for overall health. Don’t underestimate the power of the lemon.
If you are feeling adventurous, then I challenge you to cook with essential oils. To get you kick started, I have provided below one of my most favorite recipes, the lemon crinkle cookie.
LEMON CRINKLE COOKIES
- Servings: 2 dozen
- Difficulty: easy
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup Butter
1/4 cup apple sauce
5 to 10 drops Young Living Lemon Essential Oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
With the paddle attachment on your mixer, beat together sugar, and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add apple sauce, Lemon Essential Oil, and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides as necessary. Mix until fully combined.
Turn down the speed to low and slowly add dry ingredients. Once all flour is added, turn up to medium speed and mix until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Taste the dough, and if it’s not quite lemony enough, add a few more Essential Oil drops.
Place the powdered sugar in a small bowl. Take about 1 rounded tablespoon of dough and shape it into a ball. Toss it in powdered sugar, thoroughly coating the dough ball and place on baking sheet.
Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes until edges are firm. Note: The cookies will be light in color and should look a bit underdone.
Try out my recipe or one of your own and tell me about it in the comments section or on my Naturally Spoiled FaceBook page.
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