Ah summer is upon us and what’s a better vision of summer but a nice cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. Of course we know lemonade is full of sugar so for those of us who are more mindful of our sugar intake, let’s replace that vision with an iced-cold glass of lemon water. This month learn about the “sun” inside your own body and the benefits of lemon and citronella as well.
The color of the month is Aspen Gold. This color is radiant and uplifting and has the “ability to lift our spirits and bring sunshine into our lives.” This color being very similar to sunshine allows its color rays to “dispel darkness while increasing joy and optimism.”
The chakra or energy center to focus on this month is the Solar Plexus chakra or Manipura, which has been translated to mean “lustrous gem”. This chakra sits above the navel and below the sternum. Self-esteem is greatly effected by this energy center. Since this chakra is the like the sun inside your own body, it has the power to energize you and drain you. As I wrote in last June’s blog, this chakra metabolizes the energy for use much like solar panels do for equipment to run properly. Many call this chakra the “power” chakra and I like to take it a step further and call it the “willPower” chakra. The more determined you are to master a skill, complete a goal or refrain from a certain kind of behavior that isn’t serving you, the stronger this chakra gets.
As I mentioned before, there’s nothing like an iced-cold class of lemon something to feel refreshed on a hot summer day. In fact, even though you may think of lemons to be very acidic, they actually help alkalize the body, hence allowing us to find that pH balance is also quite refreshing. Other benefits to eating lemons or drinking lemon juice are that they can boost your immune system, naturally detoxify the liver, help fight fatigue and offer antibacterial and antiviral benefits as well. Be careful in restaurants with lemons however. New research shows that the skin of the lemon that comes with your drink out in public are usually quite dirty. So squeeze the lemon in and leave the rind out of your drink. I always have a little lemon with me in my purse. I carry lemon essential oil which I use to purify water I am drinking while out and about.
Well we can’t do summer without those pesty little bugs. My solution, citronella! Citronella essential oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic and insecticidal. Citronella actually blends well with lemon as well as bergamot and geranium essential oils to name a few. I utilize this oil and mix with some others to make a natural bug spray. Citronella is potent and should not be used on children under 6 years old. Also, it should be used with caution on the skin and through pregnancy. Some research shows citronella may also help with colds, flu, headaches and minor infections.
Well, personally, I couldn’t be happier that summer is here and I will be spending more and more time outside engaging my Solar Plexus chakra while enjoying refreshing lemon drinks and using citronella spray without being pestered by buggers. Enjoy the sunshine this month!