There’s one item we must stock up on for our water storage…
Therapeutic Grade Essential Lemon Oil
I first learned of the benefits of this oil from one of my clients who is a speech therapist by day, and a therapeutic masseuse on the side. She served me a glass of water that tasted incredibly fresh and pure. I detected the hint of lemon in it. She smiled. She puts a drop or two of therapeutic grade essential lemon oil in every pitcher of water she fills. She showed me the bottle and told me it is the single most important essential oil there is. This little miracle has been used for centuries to ward off illness. Now scientists have come to understand why.
Research by Jean Valnet, M.D. indicated that vaporized lemon essential oil can kill miningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, staphlococcus aureus in two hours and germs causing pneumonia within three hours. Powerful stuff!
Even a 0.2% solution of lemon essential oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria. Its antiseptic properties in the air and on surfaces will last twenty days. It is also effective in destroying air-borne germs and neutralizing unpleasant odors.
For our purposes, there are additional benefits when added to water. Lemon essential oil can keep it clean and fresh for long term storage. Adding 3-5 drops of 100% therapeutic grade lemon essential oil in a 5 gallon bottle will kill bacteria and keep the water from growing mildew. It gives the water a very pleasing flavor as well.
It is important to buy only therapeutic grade, not perfume grade, as this means no toxic chemicals were used to produce it.
Fortunately, therapeutic grade essential lemon oil is easy to find at health stores and relatively inexpensive since such a small amount goes a long way.