Welcome back men of oil! Today I am going to introduce you to another essential oil that is often used within the MVO household being lemon essential oils. I have touched on this type before in my barbecue cleaning mansperiment and its uses are long and varied – usually centred around cleaning, repelling insects and some skin care. There are also some supposed culinary advantages to them but again, this old skeptic hasn’t quite got his head around the ‘eating’ of essential oils just yet so I am going to leave that alone for now.
As usual however, I don’t just want to clean the kitchen and make my hair fairer- I want to do manly stuff with them. So I have done a little bit of research and a little more testing and found my top 5 manly uses for lemon essential oils.
What is it?
Lemons (Citrus limon), being a member of the citrus family are well-known for their acidic cleaning qualities, high levels of vitamin C and are often recommended by nutritionists for digestive issues, weight loss and skin quality. They are also especially effective when jammed into the top of your favourite Mexican cerveza or – when no one is looking – into a cheeky G&T.
Lemon essential oils are produced when the peels are cold pressed and hold many of the same qualities and uses as plain lemons.
What are the risks?
Before we start, there are just a couple of things to be aware of when using these oils. As we discuss our uses, please keep the following in mind in regards to this particular oil:
- It is quite strong and can irritate the skin – it is not recommended placing this oil directly onto the skin. Always mix it with a carrier oil (coconut, jojoba etc.) when applying to the skin.
- It is subject to photosensitivity – meaning it can burn you skin if exposed to the sun after application.
- Lemons are sometimes used as a natural bleach in the hair – and have you ever seen the effects of cutting lemons on a marble bench top? Always test on a small, inconspicuous area of whatever it is that you are using a mix containing lemon essential oils on. Oh, and I won’t ever be testing this on my car bonnet!
Five manly uses
Ok, now that we have all of that out of the way… lets get into the good stuff. My 5 manly uses are as follows:
1. Insect Repellent
I have touched on this in the past in my post about essential oils and camping. I left the use of lemon out of that mix due to its issues with photosensitivity. However, if you are at home, or it is nighttime, then the following is an extremely effective insect repellent.
Into your diffuser add
- 1 drop Lemon essential oil
- 1 drop Peppermint essential oil
- 1 drop Eucalyptus essential oil
Or add one drop of each tablespoon coconut oil for an on-man solution.
Tested by me? Not in the diffuser but definitely the paste – I can safely report no bites.
2. Goo cleaner
Lemon essential oils are fantastic at cleaning all types of goo. And by goo I mean tree sap, grease, sticker/tape residue, bat poo – you get the picture. It is also good for removing crayon from walls.
- For harsh surfaces – simply add a few drops of lemon essential oil to a cloth and rub away
- For softer surfaces – dilute in soapy water
Tested by me? Yes – removed tree sap from the cement beautifully
3. Cleansing and treatment of man hands
Because we are men, our hands are always totally dirty and covered in callouses, bunions and cuts. Find yourself a good natural soap and add a couple of drops to it prior to washing your hands. It will cut through the grease and dirt that the soap alone will not get and help to soothe those sore mits as well.
For those of us who are just as manly but work in slightly cleaner environments, add 2 drops of lemon and 2 drops of lavender oils to some grapeseed oil to keep those hands nice and smooth. Lemon essential oils also have some anti-bacterial qualities so it also doubles as a hand sanitiser.
Test by me? Yes – I can’t account for the hand sanitiser approach but when added to some natural honey soap my delicate office worker hands felt pretty good and definitely less sore after some serious mower fixing.
4. Cleaning the fishing stuff
Lemon essential oils are extremely good at reducing those nasty fishing odours. When you get home from your trip, keep that fish smell that your better half loves so much at bay with a mixture of:
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
Spray and wipe your bait trays, buckets, eskies and anything else that has been covered in fish for a chemical and odour free clean.
Note: If your bait tray is out in the direct sun when the boat is not in use, it might be worth covering to stop the sun affecting the lemon and fading the plastic. Also, as we are using natural ingredients, simply rinse all cleansed items in water and they will not taint the bait when the tray is next used.
Tested by me? Sadly not yet… but I have in the esky that I use to rest my smoked pork shoulders in… odour free and ready for drinks in no time!
5. Protecting the man-plants
There is nothing worse than planting your favourite man herb seeds only to see the seedlings annihilated by those pesky garden pests. Simply mix 10 drops of lemon essential oil with a cup of water and spray around the garden bed or at the base of bigger plants to keep them pest free and only eaten by those intended.
Tested by me? Yes – this is actually what motivated me to look into the uses of lemon essential oils in the first place. My baby rocket and basil remain untouched – my pre-lemon attempts not so much.
So there you have it. I have tried 4 out of the 5 uses myself with one variation. Keep an eye on this space though as I will update as I do some more testing and find some more manly uses for lemon essential oils.
In the meantime.. Have fun and chat soon
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