About Lemon Essential Oil

lemon essential oil

About Lemon Essential Oil

This is the top-selling essential oil for a lot of good reasons.

Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. It is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function. When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.

Scientific Research on the Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Lemon?

Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:

  1. Contact me now and I’ll tell you all about it personally. It’s free, you have no obligation, and I promise–no…I guarantee–it will be worth your time.
  2. Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “lemon essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.

Lemon essential oil is definitely an important oil to have in your collection. It’s very inexpensive and clearly has some significant health promoting benefits.

If you’d like to get started with essential oils, contact me today for a free consultation.

Common Uses

  • Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort (scroll down on this page for some great recipes).
  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle of water to clean tables, countertops, and other surfaces. Lemon oil also makes a great furniture polish; simply add a few drops to olive oil to clean, protect, and shine wood dishes (scroll down on this page for more house cleaning recipes).
  • Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.
  • Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.
  • Diffuse to create an uplifting environment.

Directions for Use

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 . oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.

Lemon Essential Oil Recipes

Personal Care


In case you leave your laundry sitting in the washer too long, just add a few drop of lemon essential oil and your clothes won’t have that nasty, sour smell.

Teeth Whitener

Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda, and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for 2 minutes and then rinse.

Hand Cleanser

Got greasy hands from working on your car or bike and regular soap isn’t doing the trick? No worries, just add a couple drops of lemon essential oil with your soap!


Lemon essential oil can improve your complexion and leave your skin soft and supple.  Lemon oil benefits skin by deeply nourishing it.  You can mix lemon oil with baking soda and honey for a natural acne free face wash.

For Promoting Fat-Loss

Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water three times a day can support and promote metabolism and weight loss.

Improving Mood with an Uplifting Diffuser Blend

Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and improve your emotions in a positive way.

Add 2 drops each Wild Orange, Bergamot, and Lemon to your diffuser.

Immune Support

Lemon oil can support lymphatic drainage and help support a healthy immune system during the ‘high threat’ season and all year around.” And “Natural Cleanser: Good way to get away from alcohol and bleach to cleanse your countertops and clean your moldy shower.”

Note that Lemon essential oil is very pure and cause skin sensitivity issues so please test on a very small part of your skin before applying widely.

All Purpose Salve

This is a great all purpose salve to use on your skin. Lemon and Melaleuca are wonderful for their cleansing properties. Lavender is a soothing oil that is known for its skin benefits.

  • 1 ounce glass lotion pot
  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca) essential oil
  • Almost 2 ounces of raw coconut oil

Scoop 2 ounces of raw coconut oil into a small glass bowl. Add your essential oils. Mix well with a metal fork or spoon. Scoop final concoction into your glass lotion pot and put lid on. Store in a cool, dark place. Apply directly to skin as needed.

House Cleaning

Natural Disinfectant

Good way to get away from alcohol and bleach to disinfect your countertops and clean your moldy shower.

Add 40 drops lemon oil and 20 drops tea tree (Melaleuca) oil to a 16-oz spray bottle filled with pure water (and a little bit of white vinegar).


Un-stick the sticky goo your kids leave behind with stickers and gum with lemon oil.

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 3 parts filtered water
  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • 5-7 drops Lemon essential oil

Add to spray bottle and fill remaining amount with hot water.

Wood and Silver Polish/Cleaner

A lemon oil-soaked cloth will help to clean up tarnished silver and jewelry.  Lemon oil also works great for cleaning wood. In large glass spray bottle, mix:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 30-40 drops Lemon essential oil

Shake well and use to clean and polish wood. You may have to adjust the vinegar/olive oil ratios depending on how well it absorbs into your wood. If it’s not absorbing well, add more vinegar, if it’s not giving you enough shine, add more oil.

Cooking with Lemon Essential Oil

Strawberry Lemon Cooler

In your favorite blender, blend:

  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 4 cups water
  • 2-4 drops Lemon essential oil

Strain into glasses w/ ice.

Lemon with Berries for Breakfast

Add Lemon essential oil to berry protein shakes or to plain yogurt and top with berries.

Vanilla Protein Shake

Add 2 drops of Lemon or Peppermint essential oil to any vanilla protein shake.

Hot Lemon Tea

In 1 cup of hot water, mix in 3 drops of Lemon essential oil and Blue Agave to taste.

More Lemon Essential Oil Recipes

If you are interested in even more ways to cook with Lemon, click here to check out this awesome Pinterest board containing all kinds of essential oil cooking recipes.


Avoid contact with direct sunlight for 12+ hours after use. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to use and use on the bottom of your feet when possible. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.

Plant Part: Lemon rinds (peel)
Extraction Method: Cold pressed/expressed
Aromatic Description: Clean, fresh, citrus, bright
Main Chemical Components: Limonene, ß pinenes, γ-terpimene