I don’t exactly remember how many times I threw away fruits and vegetables because they went bad within a few days of purchasing. It doesn’t take long for fresh produce such as berries to get moldy, especially if your fruits and vegetables are organic. I am sure, you have tried a lot of methods to preserve your produce and most likely you’re leaving them in plastic bags. Unfortunately, these plastic bags contain BPA, an ingredient in plastics and the epoxy resins that line food cans. Low doses of BPA lead to a range of health problems including birth defects of the male and female reproductive systems in laboratory animals. These plastic bags can also contain plasticizers, phthalates and other hormone-disrupting compounds that are potentially deadly. So forget those chemicals, the best and most effective fresh produce preservative may actually be all-natural lemon essential oil.
What is Lemon Essential Oil?
Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, which protects the fragile nature and potent properties of the oil. It’s been estimated that takes around 3000 lemons to make one kilo of the essential oil. So paying $13 for a bottle of 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil is a bargain. The acid produced by the citrus and identified as C6H8O7 promotes preservation. This oil is rich in Vitamin C and (much like salt) removes moisture to prevent spoilage and rotting.
How to Use Lemon Essential Oil to Preserve Fresh Produce
- Add 5-10 drops of lemon essential oil to a large bowl filled half-way with water.
- Let your fruits and vegetables sit in this solution for a few minutes.
- Remove the produce, place on a paper towel to air-dry for a few minutes.
- Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
- Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion*
- Supports healthy respiratory function*
- Promotes a positive mood
This method will help extend the shelf life of fresh produce which otherwise gets moldy within days (such as berries, grapes, bananas, leafy greens, etc.). For best results, use this method right after your bring your fresh produce home.
Other Health Benefits
The health benefits of lemon essential oil are impressive!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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