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Benefits of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

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What do you generally reach for when you have a common cold, congestion, a headache or even the flu? Typically, most people ingest a tablet from the pharmacy. Meanwhile, the health benefits of eucalyptus essential oil are wide-ranging and could be used as a suitable replacement. Its is has a mostly anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, decongestant, antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating property with a distinctive taste and odor.

Eucalyptus is native to Australia and has spread in the past few centuries to other parts of the world including India, Europe and South Africa. Though many countries produce eucalyptus oil in small quantities, the prime source of eucalyptus oil for the world is still Australia.

Uses for Eucalyptus Essential Oil Eucalyptus

Silhouette’s Essentials Eucalyptus

Silhouette’s Essentials Eucalyptus has the highest Cineol content and Eucalyptol. It is harvested from fresh leaves of the tall, evergreen eucalyptus tree. While its benefits have been known for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until recently that it began to be used commercially in soaps and other hygiene products. The tree, scientifically classified as Eucalyptus Globulus is also known as fever tree, blue gum tree or stringy bark tree, depending on where it is located in the world. Due to the medicinal uses of eucalyptus oil and the compound eucalyptol which is present in its makeup, it is used in a variety of over the counter drugs including rubs, inhalers, liniments, rash creams, and mouthwashes.

Eucalyptus leaf is used for infections, fever, upset stomach, and to help loosen coughs. The leaf is also used for treating respiratory tract infections, whooping cough, asthma, pulmonary tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, joint pain (rheumatism), acne, wounds, poorly healing ulcers, burns, bacterial dysentery, ringworms, liver and gallbladder problems, loss of appetite, and cancer.

Eucalyptus oil should not be taken by mouth or applied to the skin full-strength. It must be diluted for safety. You can use a carrier old such as fractionated coconut oil to dilute the oil. Diluted eucalyptus oil is applied directly to the skin for pain and swelling of respiratory tract mucous membranes, joint pain, genital herpes, and nasal stuffiness. It is also used as an insect repellent. In dentistry, eucalyptus oil is included in products used as sealers and solvents for root canal fillings.

Health Benefits Of Eucalyptus Oil

The health benefits of eucalyptus oil include the following:

Wounds: Eucalyptus essential oil has antiseptic qualities because of its germicidal quality. Upon exposure to air, ozone is formed which is a well-researched antiseptic. Therefore, eucalyptus oil is used for healing wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, abrasions and sores. It is also an effective salve for insect bites and stings. Furthermore, besides soothing the affected area, it also protects the open wound or irritated area from developing infections from microbial activity and exposure to air.

Respiratory problems: Eucalyptus essential oil is effective for treating a number of respiratory problems including cold, cough, runny nose, sore throat, asthma, nasal congestion, bronchitis and sinusitis. Eucalyptus oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant in nature, which makes it a good ingredient in many medicines that treat respiratory problems. A study published in Laryngoscope in 2004 shows its usefulness in treating non-bacterial sinusitis. Patients suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis showed faster improvement when given a medicine containing eucalyptus oil. Gargles of eucalyptus oil mixed with warm water are consistently effective in treating sore throats.

Asthma is a condition that affects millions of people around the world, and there are many known treatments for the condition. One of these is the use of eucalyptus essential oil. Simply massage 1-3 drops onto the chest and the soothing effect of the aroma and vapors will calm the throat and dilate the blood vessels, which will allow more oxygen into the lungs and normal breathing can be achieved. The anti-inflammatory properties of eucalyptus essential oil also come into play in using it to get relief from asthmatic symptoms.

Mental exhaustion: One very important reason that many people use eucalyptus oil is that it creates a cooling and refreshing effect. Normally, people suffering from certain conditions and disorders are slightly sluggish. Eucalyptus oil, a stimulant, removes exhaustion and mental sluggishness and rejuvenates the spirits of the sick. It can also be effective in the treatment of stress and mental disorders.

Muscle pain: If you are experiencing joint and muscle pain, massaging eucalyptus oil on the surface of the skin helps to relieve stress and pain. The volatile eucalyptus oil is analgesic and anti-inflammatory in nature. Therefore it is often recommended to patients suffering from rheumatism, lumbago, sprained ligaments and tendons, stiff muscles, aches, fibrosis and even nerve pain. The oil should be massaged in a circular motion on the affected areas of the body.

An aroma mist provides a simple but powerful way to diffuse Silhouette’s Essentials eucalyptus as you sleep or work.

Dental care: Eucalyptus essential oil is very effective against cavities, dental plaque, gingivitis and other dental infections owing to its germicidal properties. This is why eucalyptus essential oil is so commonly found as an active ingredient in mouthwash, toothpaste, and other dental hygiene products.

Lice: Due to its well-known qualities as a bug repellent and natural pesticide, it is frequently used as a natural treatment for lice. Some of the mainstream treatments of lice can be very severe and damaging to the hair, as well as packed with dangerous chemicals that you don’t want being absorbed into your skin, so combing a few drops of eucalyptus oil through a lice-infested head is a much better and healthier solution.

Intestinal germs: Eucalyptus oil is a vermifuge and is frequently employed to remove germs in the intestine. Studies have shown that ingesting eucalyptus oil can deter many of the bacterial, microbial, and parasitic conditions that arise in the various parts of the body, particularly susceptible areas like the colon and intestine.

Skin care: Eucalyptus oil is often applied topically to treat skin infections.

Diabetes: When ingested, eucalyptus oil can help control blood sugar. Its properties as a vasodilator, mentioned above, mean that the entire body benefits from the increase in blood circulation. Diabetic patients commonly suffer from lack of good circulation, and it can be very dangerous, even resulting in amputation or death. Therefore, it is a good idea to frequently massage eucalyptus oil onto the skin topically, and also inhale it as a vapor to ease the constriction of blood vessels. For best results, massage it onto the skin after a show, which also has vasodilating and relaxing qualities that will benefit diabetics.

Fever: Eucalyptus oil is also used for treating fever and reducing body temperature. This is why one of the common names of eucalyptus oil is “fever oil”. It works well when combined with Silhouette’s Essentials peppermint oil and sprayed on the body as a mixture of a deodorant and a temperature reducer.

Other benefits of eucalyptus oil include the following:

Room freshener: The antiseptic and deodorant nature of eucalyptus oil makes it a perfect room freshener for hospitals. It also kills bacteria and germs in the air, keeping the environment of the rooms clean and sterilized.

Soaps: Eucalyptus oil is frequently used in soaps, detergents and household cleaners. This is primarily due to its pleasant aroma and effect as a deodorant, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial agent.

Tuberculosis and Pneumonia: Eucalyptus essential oil has plenty of antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, and when massaged onto the chest and used as a vapor rub or inhalant, it can relieve the signs and symptoms of harmful conditions like tuberculosis by clearing the lungs and reducing inflammation. It is best if applied to both, the chest and the back, over the area of the lungs.

Mouth wash: As mentioned above, the oil is a fundamental ingredient in many mouthwashes and toothpastes. There have been a significant number of studies done on the antimicrobial qualities of essential oils. Eucalyptus essential oil has been shown to protect against microbial growth that can promote a host of different symptoms and diseases in the body.

Sauna: Many people add eucalyptus oil to baths, spas and saunas because of its refreshing and antiseptic attributes. Most of the benefits of eucalyptus essential oil can be accessed through the vapor, as well as topical application or ingestion. Therefore, it is commonly used in aromatherapy, which is frequently included in spa treatment packages.

There are many less-researched areas of application for eucalyptus oil, and they should be studied more in the future before trusting them as completely effective treatments, but early testimonials seem to speak highly of its ability. It can be applied as a treatment for hayfever (seasonal allergy), acne, endometriosis, and herpes simplex virus.

Usage of eucalyptus oil in aromatherapy is gradually growing in popularity because it blends well with many other essential oils including the essential oils of thyme, rosemary, marjoram, lavender, cedarwood and frankincense.


There are some dangers of taking too much eucalyptus oil, because when taken in large quantities, eucalyptus oil can be toxic. It may also interfere with other homeopathic treatments. Also, for certain people with allergic sensitivities, eucalyptus essential oil might cause airborne contact dermatitis, which can be very uncomfortable, or even dangerous. Before beginning any new intensive alternative medical treatment, consult your doctor for advice, or have an allergy test done.

The strong aroma and menthol content should be avoided during pregnancy. This oil should also NOT be taken orally as it can be toxic.


Cite: Bulkapothecary, Organicfacts, WebMD
Yoni Blend

Vaginal (Yoni) Steam

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Do you suffer from painful menstruation cycles, fertility challenges, or uterine irregularities? Yoni cleanses may be a great solution for you! First, this is not a douche. Yoni steaming, also known as vaginal steaming, is a practice in which a woman allows the warmth of herbal steam to permeate the exterior of her vagina. This practice is respected by healers around the globe; however, only recently has it become a holistic health trend in our modern culture. Today, a growing number of women are experiencing the physical and emotional benefits of the yoni steaming treatment because it offers a gently and effectively cleanses while toning and revitalizing your feminine center.

The Benefits of Yoni Steam

For millennia, women have shared this knowledge among one another, inspiring each other to connect with, love and heal our bodies.  In fact, as a young girl in Jamaica, I remember observing my mother stooped over a basin full of hot water soon after my little sister was born. Now, as an adult with a daughter of my own, I am truly understanding the myriad of benefits that can be obtained from the yoni steam.

  • Significantly reduce pain, bloating and exhaustion associated with menstruation.
  • Decrease menstrual flow as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses.
  • Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.
  • Increase fertility, especially when combined with other alternative practices
  • Speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth.
  • Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness, uterine prolapse & endometriosis.
  • Assist with the repair of a vaginal tear, episiotomy, or C-section scar.
  • Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids.
  • Treat chronic vaginal/yeast infections, and works to maintain healthy odor.
  • Relieve symptoms of menopause including dryness or pain during intercourse.
  • Detoxify the womb and remove toxins from the body.
  • Release stored emotions and tap into the energy that is our creative potential.

Our Yoni Steam

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Silhouette’s Cafe has partnered up with a company renown for their carefully crafted blend which includes the
highest quality, aromatic, toning and healing herbs available, including Rosemary, Mugwort, Motherwort, Yarrow, Partridge Berry, Calendula, Lavender, and Rose Petals.

All herbs are Certified Organic, fairly traded and kosher.

It is not recommended to steam if you have an IUD or during menstruation. Do not do a yoni steam if you are pregnant (or think you might be).

Yoni steaming works by supporting your body through its natural processes

Many reproductive challenges such as menstrual cramps and infertility are caused when there is an excess buildup of the uterine lining which was not shed in the previous cycles. Because this material is built up over time, the uterus and the muscles around it work excessively hard to shed it, often causing pain and fatigue. A yoni steam works by applying gentle heat, as well as moisture that carries medicinal plant oils, to the exterior tissues of the vagina (the tissue referred to as the vulva). The warmth and moisture increase circulation to the vulva, causing it to swell and expose the inner labial mucus membranes. These tissues are very porous and absorbent, allowing the bloodstream to pick up the medicinal oils and carry them into the inner reproductive system, including the uterus. There, they work to help the uterus cleanse and release what is built up in its lining, ensuring that the next cycle is easy and pain-free, helping an egg to implant, and reducing other uterine abnormalities. The result is a healthier, more pleasant cycle and a more connected woman.

Yoni Cleanse at Home

A yoni steam is a simple and accessible practice for any woman to do at home. It involves placing a pot of hot water and aromatic herbs under a seat with a hole in it, disrobing from the waist down, and sitting over the steam for about 30 minutes while the steam gently permeates the skin.

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Yoni steaming will change your life, as it has for thousands of women

Yoni steaming will really change the way you feel. Women experience life-changing benefits as a result of yoni steaming, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

For you at home yoni cleanse, you will need a pot that can fit in your toilet. This will be used specifically for your routine yoni cleanse and two towels: a large thick towel and an average size one. You will be sitting for about 30 minutes, so this is a great time to just get reconnected with your body. Diffusing essential oils while listening to meditative music is recommended. You may also find solace in sitting in absolute silence.


  • Bring water to a boil
  • Add Yoni Herbal Blend
  • Put average size towel under the lid of towel (this will be used to keep some of the steam off your legs)
  • Sit with the larger towel covering your lower body so that the steam can permeate the exterior of your vagina

Yoni Steam Will Change Your Life!

Yoni steaming is about more than uterine health, and it is certainly more than a beauty treatment. The practice brings a reconnection to the female body and to the wisdom of plant medicine. It is an opportunity for women to celebrate and cherish our bodies, and learn to enjoy our wombs as the beautiful, sacred center from which we radiate our capacity to change the world. Yoni steaming is also about women taking back ownership of our personal health, and utilizing our intuition, as well as gifts from the Earth, to support and nourish our well-being. This is also about trusting the wisdom of generations of women, elevating their perspectives as not only valid, but integral to our health..

You can order the Yoni Herbal Blend from our online store.

Happy health. Happy healing.

Cite: Soul Vibrance

Essential Oils for Kittens

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Most recently we inherited a cat, well…she was my daughter’s birthday gift. She is absolutely adorable and we just love her. Almost immediately she blended into our small family. Since we use essential oils habitually at home, it was imperative that I found out what was best to use now that we had a new addition to our household.

Normally, we use Silhouette’s Essentials, our brand of essential oils, for many health and wellness needs – everything from a stuffy nose to house cleaning. However, this was our first time having a pet, so with a few quick searches, I found some helpful sites with great information. Pinterest was one of them.

At the time of reading different blogs and websites, I had three humidifiers running diffusing a blend of essential oils useful in eliminating bad orders aka cat litter. When I came across a site saying that peppermint and lemon should not be diffused with cats around, I did a mad dash to my bedroom to turn off the one there that had peppermint.

No doubt I still had some learning to do.

What are essential Oils?

Have you ever peel an orange and see the oils released from the skin? Essential oils. In fact, if you have ever enjoyed the scent of a flower, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. Although in most recent years essential oils have become more popular here, it has been used for centuries for their health and beauty benefits elsewhere.

In other words, essential oils are the natural oils found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. These oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect the plant, and play a role in plant pollination. They are typically obtained by distillation and having the smell of the plant they are from or other source from which it is extracted. They are sometimes referred to as the immune system of the plant which can be used often to keep you and your loved ones naturally healthy. Although essential oils are beautifully and powerfully fragrant, they should not be confused with synthetic fragrance oils. Unlike fragrance oils, essential oils are used to compliment pharmaceutical medicines and replace over the counter ones.

Although essential oils are beautifully and powerfully fragrant, they should not be confused with synthetic fragrance oils. Unlike fragrance oils, essential oils are used to compliment pharmaceutical medicines and replace over the counter ones.

While humans have to take care when they use essential oils, animals are more sensitive to them than us. It is therefore very important that we consult a professional or a proficient practitioner for advice and council on how to use essential oils with your pet.

Should You Use Essential Oils with Your Feline?

Since your pet is more sensitive to the effects of essential oils, here are a few suggested tips for the purpose of helping you decide if you should use them with your pets.

  • Start by diluting heavily and use in moderation.
  • Every animal is different, so carefully observe how each animal responds to the oils. Use common sense and good judgment as you try different methods.
  • Take special care to not get essential oils in an animal’s eyes.
  • Avoid using high-phenol oils such as Oregano and Thyme with any animals, especially cats.
  • Use special caution when using essential oils with cats. Cats are also generally averse to citrus essential oils.

Apply oils to yourself or diffuse to introduce animals to essential oils and help them get comfortable.

  • Wear oils around your animals, diffuse in their space, or apply to your hands and let the animal smell them.
  • If your animal is jittery or resistant to essential oils, try applying an oil to yourself and staying near the animal for several minutes so it can get used to the aroma.

*Always dilute the apprpriate essential oil with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.

Essential oils safe to diffuse in a cat's environment. Please read disclaimer.

Benefits of Shea Butter

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Repair Your Skin with Shea Butter

Shea Butter is a skin superfood that comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Karite) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. It offers UV protection (it is SPF ~6) and provides the skin with essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production. Shea butter has been used in Africa and other countries for years to improve skin and hair.

Shea Butter has tremendous benefits for the skin and hair. It is one of the most versatile natural beauty ingredients. Used daily it can produce significant improvements to your overall appearance.

Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for the skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.

Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.

Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.

Shea Butter Uses

  1. By itself for face and body as a natural moisturizer
  2. In a shea butter lotion bar stick for easy use
  3. Alone or in a pregnancy stretch mark salve to ward off stretch marks
  4. As the best under-eye wrinkle remover and bag-reducer
  5. For massage butter
  6. In velvety soft whipped body butter
  7. or basic homemade lotion
  8. As a base for homemade deodorant
  9. As an SPF 6 skin lotion
  10. In magnesium body butter
  11. As a natural baby-care product (alone) or ingredient in baby care recipes
  12. By itself on the lips or in homemade lip balms
  13. Or homemade shimmer lip balm
  14. To improve skin elasticity (some even say it helps with cellulite)
  15. On the hair or scalp (in mixture with other natural ingredients)
  16. In homemade liquid creme foundation and makeup
  17. After sun or beach exposure to replenish skin
  18. On the eyelids before applying makeup to make it last longer
  19. As a natural cuticle cream
  20. On scars to naturally help collagen production
  21. On sore/raw noses during a cold or flu

Jamaican Delight Shea Butter

Jamaican Delight skin care products are made with refined shea butter that is odor free. Although the refining process removes some of the beneficial properties, Silhouette’s Essentials (essential oils) are infused in all of our skin care butters which enhances the benefits of the shea butter itself.
*Shea butter is for external use only. Ask a doc or dermatologist before using, especially with underlying skin conditions. Those with nut allergies should avoid or check with an allergist.

Cite: Wellness Mama

How to Make Turmeric Tea

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Turmeric tea is a popular beverage throughout Asia and is known by some as “liquid gold.” Turmeric benefits are primarily due to its active compound called curcumin.

Turmeric is highly anti-inflammatory, and this golden turmeric tea recipe is sure to help heal your body from a number of inflammatory health conditions. This rich creamy and lightly sweet beverage is something you’re sure to enjoy!

Turmeric Tea Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 2


  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Turmeric (powder or grated root)


  1. Pour coconut milk and water into the saucepan and warm for 2 minutes
  2. Add in butter, raw honey and turmeric powder for another 2 minutes
  3. Stir and pour into glasses.
(Cite: Dr. Axe, Food is Medicine)


Lemon Essential Oil

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Did you know that adding a drop or two of Silhouette’s Essentials lemon to your water is equivalent to that of freshly squeezed lemons? It is not only refreshing but a great aid in digestion and detoxification.

An essential oil is a liquid that is generally extracted and distilled from the leaves, stems, flowers, bark, roots or other elements of a plant. All Silhouette’s Essentials are highly concentrated essential oils, so remember that a little goes a long way. Aromatherapy is the therapeutic use of pure essential oils to improve balance, harmony and promote a healthy psyche.

Silhouette’s Essentials are extracted primarily through the method of steam distillation. In this process, a plant is placed in a contraption over heated water. As steam forms, it passes through the plant and the “essential compounds” vaporize and condense back into a liquid.
These are a few ways these essential oils can be used:
  • Diffusers/Vaporizers: Intended for use in air purification and creation of therapeutic atmospheres within home, office, or spa environment. Silhouette’s Cafe carries two such diffusers, one for the office or home, and the other for the car.
  • Aromatic Baths: These can be detoxifying, relaxing, invigorating, emotionally uplifting and sensual. The use of Silhouette Essentials in a bath is particularly beneficial for muscular conditions and dermatitis. Respiratory problems will benefit from inhalation of the aroma.
  • Body and Hair Care Products: Silhouettes Essentials can be added to fragrance-free lotions, creams, shampoos or conditioners to increase their benefits. This is a great way to treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis or dandruff.
  • Compresses: These can be either hot or cold, depending on the condition being treated. They can help with pain, swelling and inflammation. Most conditions characterized by “aches” can be treated with hot compresses, while sprains, fevers, inflammation and headaches can be treated with cold compresses.
  • Massage: Aids circulation, detoxification and relaxation. Can be used in either a professional or personal capacity.
  • Inhalation: Best for respiratory and sinus problems, headaches and cold/flu season. “Direct” means inhaling an oil directly from a bottle. “Direct palm” means sniffing or inhaling an oil directly from the palms of your hands. “Handkerchief/Cotton Ball” means placing 2-4 drops of oil on a tissue or cloth and holding it in the palms of your hand and inhaling.
For information on the specific symptoms or ailments that you can use Silhouette’s Essentials, refer to our Essential Oil Guide. Visit our Essential Oil section for the best deals on our 100% certified pure Silhouette’s Essential oils.

Health Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

Skin care: Lemon essential oil has astringent and detoxifying properties that are great for dull, sagging or tired skin. The antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for reducing excessive oil on the skin.

Stress:  Because of its calming component, Lemon essential aides in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. It has the ability to refresh the mind by creating a positive mindset and removing negative emotions. It is also believed that inhaling Silhouette’s Essential lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and alertness. Add a few drops to a water in a spray bottle and use as a room freshener.

Immune system: Lemon oil has a high vitamin content, which makes it a wonderful booster for the body’s immune system. It further stimulates white blood cells, thus increasing your ability to fight off diseases. Lemon oil also improves circulation throughout the body.

Asthma: It is believed that lemons are also useful for treating asthma, since inhaling the aroma of lemons can clear the nasal passages and sinuses, promoting good air flow and steady breathing.

Insomnia: Health benefits of lemon oil include providing relief from sleeplessness. Using this oil ensures good sleep and helps people that suffer from insomnia.

Stomach ailments: Since lemon oil is carminative, it is used in the treatment of various stomach problems, including indigestion, acidity, upset stomach, and cramps.

Hair care: Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic. Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shiny hair. It is also used to eliminate dandruff.

Weight Management: Add a few drops of Silhouette’s Essentials lemon to your water or juice. It is believed to help in managing cravings while offering a more refreshing beverage.

Cleaners: When cleaning kitchen or bathroom surfaces, add lemon essential oil to the water. It makes a wonderful and refreshing cleaner without the harsh chemicals. You can even add a few drops to the toilet before using the brush to clean inside. It is also used as a disinfectant, so it is commonly used for cleaning surfaces such as butcher’s knives and blocks that can get contaminated very easily.

Soaps and cosmetics: Silhouette’s Essential lemon essential oil are used in our Jamaican Delight skin care products – soap and shea butter due to its antiseptic quality.

Lemon oil blends well with many other essential oils including Silhouette’s Essentials lavender making it a popular oil in aromatherapy.