Few things can have such an instant effect on your mood as the sun. One minute you might be feeling down, depressed and moody, and the next happy, hopeful and ready to go and explore the world just as soon as the sun starts to shine. It’s so crucial in fact, that people buy tanning passes and vitamin D lamps to mimic the effects of the sun when it’s not coming out very much. They’re something like the next best thing to the sun itself—or are they? As far as we’re concerned, there’s something better.

Lemon essential oil is like sunshine in a bottle. One refreshing whiff makes you feel alive, happy and energized—just like the sun. It has a bright and lightly sweet aroma that is fantastic for cleaning your house, using in a diffuser and spritzing all over your pillows, furniture and even clothing. Studies have also shown that Lemon essential oil helps to increase focus and minimize mistakes when working and/or studying, so there’s that too.

Lemon essential oil has also been shown to have antibacterial properties, which makes it a great oil to use for cleaning your house and daily diffusion, especially if you are worried about getting sick. After all, you can use all the help you can get, right? Another reason it’s great as a housecleaning agent is because it contains naturally occurring Limonene, which is a degreaser. A super easy and effective DIY housecleaner can literally just be some white vinegar, water and Lemon essential oil.

Lemon also blends well with other essential oils, including citrus varieties, so if you are inclined to make your own blends Lemon is a great one to have on hand for a bright, light and perfectly citrusy note. If you plan on using it on your skin consider blending it with other oils or diluting it in a carrier oil since citrus oils can cause photo sensitivity. However if used in a body butter or other skincare product, like raw Shea butter, you won’t really have to worry about that.

Life will always have its ups and downs, and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. But that doesn’t mean that you do nothing to make yourself feel and perform better. This is what Lemon essential oil is all about: bringing a little bit of sunshine into your life when you need it most.