We already know what to do when life gives us lemons: squeeze them into a cup of warm water and toss that baby back. But what happens when life withholds lemons (or we just get really sick of squeezing them)? Grab yourself a bottle of lemon essential oil!

If, like us, you already drink a glass of warm lemon water first thing every morning, then you’ve felt the deeply hydrating benefits. But did you know that a few drops of lemon essential oil can be just as effective as fresh squeezed? Keeping a bottle of food-grade lemon oil on hand is also crazy convenient, so there’s literally no excuse not to alkalize and detox daily. Here’s what you need to know…

How It Helps: According to Dr. David Wolfe, “lemon essential oil can help increase energy levels while aiding in mental clarity. This oil has also been known to help with heartburn, acne, gallstones, and respiratory issues.” Adding a few drops to your water in the morning “will activate your metabolism, balance pH levels and reverse inflammation.”

How It’s Different: Lemon oil is made from the rinds, not the juice, so it’s pH is neutral rather than acidic. That means easier absorption, safer detoxing and no risk of dental damage. The oil also has more antioxidants than lemon juice, containing a powerful detoxifier called d-limonene. As lemon oil is highly concentrated, it’s important to note that only a few drops are needed – a little goes a long way!

How To Use It: Add a few drops of highest-quality, food grade lemon oil to a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. To echo Dr. Wolfe’s words, “Remember, a little goes a long way when it comes to oils. Some sensitivity can occur when using essential oils, so consult a doctor if a problem does develop.” Drop a few more into a water bottle later in the day (be sure to use a glass water bottle, as the oil can erode plastic).

The Chalkboard Mag and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program. 

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  1. I’m pretty surprised a highly regarded publication “in the know” about alternative therapies would recklessly promote the ingestion of essential oils without suggesting someone first consult a certified aromatherapist. Doctors have no knowledge of EOs and wouldn’t be helpful. Natural doesn’t always equate to safe. Essential oils aren’t meant to come in contact with mucus membranes and can do internal damage, most especially with daily and continued use.

    Jessica | 01.20.2017 | Reply
    • I agree Jessica!

      Karen | 01.20.2017 | Reply
    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. This is a controversial topic, and we feel the oils are worth discussing. To echo our disclaimer, The Chalkboard is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding the use of new wellness tools.

      The Chalkboard | 01.22.2017 | Reply
  2. I agree!

    Karen | 01.20.2017 | Reply
  3. I agree with Jessica and Karen. Suggesting the use of essential oils (and especially a brand as low-quality as the one you linked to) for internal consumption is incredibly irresponsible and a mistake that shouldn’t happen with a publication that touts its health and wellness knowledge as much as you do.

    Aisha | 01.21.2017 | Reply
  4. I second the thoughts above!!

    Kaitlin | 01.21.2017 | Reply
  5. Yikes!! I agree with the comments above. Chalkboard Mag I love you, but definitely not safe to consume essential oils internally!!

    Amelia | 01.30.2017 | Reply
  6. grrrreaaaaat. I bought the lemon essential oil that was linked here and now I come back for instruction when I’m ready to drink it and find that this could actually be harmful to me?? AND you’ve taken the link away because I assume you realized that the essential oil you linked to is therapeutic grade and NOT food grade which I JUST realized by reading the bottle. Thanks a lot chalkboard mag. I knew I should have unsubscribed from this blog a long time ago.

    Tiana | 02.02.2017 | Reply
  7. Please do your research prior to posting or ingesting. Food grade essential oils, as mentioned in the article, ARE safe for consumption. I use Young Living daily and ingest multiple essential oils daily and have seen significant benefits to my health. Young Living is the only essential oil on the market labeled by the FDA for food grade consumption. Please look into trying them if you would like to ingest essential oils for health related purposes.

    Amanda | 03.09.2017 | Reply
  8. Yay Amanda!! I ingest essential oils all the time, everyday. Yummy! The company (YL) I get them from owns their own farms world wide to give us this amazing lifeline. I know where mine come from, do you?

    Karen | 03.09.2017 | Reply
  9. I don’t know a lot about essential oils, but have ended up in the ER twice due to using oils internally as recommended by essential oil rep once and a naturopath the second time. Each time I was trying to avoid taking an antibiotic for infection and made my gallbladder very angry! So maybe they’re not the best idea for some of us!

    Jeana | 01.13.2022 | Reply

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