10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon has a constant place in our households and on our tables. It is used in household cleaners for that fresh, clean smell and its cleaning power. It’s found in our water glasses at restaurants. It’s found in recipes for food and drink. Lemon is an all purpose great fruit to have around, but we are learning the extra punch that Lemon Essential Oil can provide!

Lemon Essential Oil is cold-pressed from the peel or rind of a lemon. 

Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus Limon) contains the natural constituent limonene. It takes about 75 Lemons to make one 15ml bottle of Lemon Essential Oil.1

Read on to learn ten ways you can use lemon essential oil to promote a natural lifestyle. 

1. Drink Lemon (Oil) Water

Add 1-2 drops of lemon oil to your glass of water throughout the day! This can help you feel refreshed and energized. It also helps support a healthy digestive and immune system. Only Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils labeled as a supplement should be ingested. 

We suggest adding 1-2 drops to a room temperature glass of water each morning to get you going! You should only use glass or stainless steel when drinking Citrus Oils. 

2. Add Lemon Oil to your Skincare Routine

Lemon Essential Oil may help to clarify your skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Just add one drop to your nighttime moisturizer. 

3. Make Your Own Body Scrub

Mix 1/4 cup of coconut oil and 1/4 cup of sugar with 8 drops of lemon oil

Warning: Lemon oil is photosensitive, so be sure to use it only when you will not be in the sun for at least 12 hours. Nighttime is perfect! 

4. Use Lemon Oil in Your Favorite Recipe

Substitute Lemon oil into any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon extract, or grated lemon zest. Lemon oil is great in drinks, marinades, on chicken and many other foods. 

5. Wash your Fruit and Veggies with Lemon Oil.

Give your freshly bought or harvested produce a bath in a bowl of water with 1-2 drops of lemon oil to remove dirt, bacteria, and any leftover residue. 

6. Add Lemon Oil to Freshen Your Carpet

Add 10-15 drops of Lemon Oil to a gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains, brighten carpets and rugs, and leave your room smelling fresh. 

7. Use Lemon Oil to Remove Goo

1-2 drops of Lemon Essential Oil will remove gum, oil, grease spots, or adhesive.2
Try Lemon Oil to also remove sticky substances from hair!

8. Refresh your Refrigerator with Lemon Oil

Add 3-5 drops to a cotton ball and hide it away in your fridge to eliminate odors. 

You can also use the cotton ball technique in a small room or in your car; just slip it in between the slats of your air vent.

9. Clean your Counter Tops with Lemon Essential Oil Cleanser

Directions: Pour all ingredients into a 16 ounce spray bottle and shake well.

Use this cleaner recipe for granite, marble, and quartz. Recipes with white vinegar can be too abrasive for these surfaces. You can also use it on appliances, tables, bathroom sinks and baseboards.

10. Diffuse Lemon Oil

Add 1-3 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a diffuser to uplift your mood and brighten your day! As a bonus, your home will smell amazing. 


The more we learn about these easy alternatives to use in our daily routines, the more confident we are in the health and wellness of our families! Share with us how you are taking control of your families’ wellness. 

Interested in going chemical free and need more tips on cleaning? Check out Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils. Want to add Essential Oils to your nighttime bath routine? You may be interested in these Soothing Essential Oil Baths.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Clark

Source: 1. Young Living 2. Essential Families 3. Real Simple Magazine
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Stephanie Clark

Stephanie spends her days working full-time as a Clinical Social Worker, by night she is the author, photographer, and dreamer behind the blog Behind the Camera and Dreaming  . Stephanie calls Mississippi home, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, two boys, and extended family. She enjoys photography, sewing, and creating lasting memories.

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