Lemon Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

Lemon Essential Oil on a saucer with gold embellishments

One of the things I love about essential oils is how versatile they are; Lemon essential oil has so many uses and benefits! You may purchase an essential oil for one for a specific reason only to find out they have a whole list of other ways that you can incorporate them into your day.

Most probably think of lemon and clean and fresh, which is it, but did you know it is also amazing for detoxing the liver? It is one that you want in your wellness cabinet! Let’s take a look closer at what all lemon essential oil can do for you!

A couple things before we get started. I am not a doctor, I am just a Mama who loves finding natural options for her family. My education on oils is how our family has used these over the years and the benefits we have seen. You are the gatekeeper of your home and know your family so please keep that in mind while following us on this journey. Also, when speaking about essential oils, we use Young Living in our family and have for over six years. These are the oils that I have researched and feel comfortable with for our family. Not all oils are created equal.

Lemon Essential Oil with lemon slices and greenery on a counter

More details on Lemon essential oil:

Lemon essential oil, also known by its scientific name, Citrus Limon, is cold pressed from the peel. The lemon tree is a thorny evergreen tree that is native to India.

Did you know it takes approximately 75 lemons to make one 15 ml bottle? Or 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo of oil!

When you hold a lemon you will get the essential oil from that lemon on your hands, and when you smell a lemon, you are smelling the essential oil from that lemon. Lemon essential oil isn’t acidic or sour like the juice and is loved in foods to brighten it and add freshness! It is also great to use for cleansing and can help to reduce wrinkles and combat acne.

What are the Key Constituents in Lemon essential oil:

First, what is a constituent? It is a component or a part of something. Every essential oil has a different chemistry or makeup that it is composed of, therefore they each have different constituents and different percentages of these constituents depending on the oil.

Limonene is the largest constituent in Lemon Essential Oil.

Limonene acts as an antioxidant in the body. It works by absorbing and removing damaging free radicals before they can injure cells which is crucial for overall health.

Lemon essential oil also contains antioxidants, analgesic, lipolytic, anticarcinogenic, antiviral, antitumoral, antimicrobial, antifungal, gastroprotective, antidementia, potential antihyperglycemic activity, antiseptic, and antinociceptive properties. This one little bottle packs quite a punch!

Now for the best part… learning about all the ways you can use this oil.

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How to use Lemon essential oil:

Aromatically – This is one of the most popular ways to use essential oils. By diffusing it, you will not only have a wonderful smell but will have aromatherapy benefits as well. You can also make up a room-spray, drop it straight on linens, or clothing for the aromatic benefits. My other favorite way is to drop a drop or two of my favorite scent and scrunch it into my hair for a subtle natural perfume.

Topically – Lemon is considered a photosensitive oil, this means you should not use topically and then head out into the sun as your skin will be more sensitive to the UV rays for a bit after applying. 

Internally – You can add Lemon essential oil to a veggie capsule and take with a large glass of water or under the tongue for internal use. It also tastes amazing to just add one drop to your water for a non-acidic version of lemon water, plus your liver will thank you, it is one of the simplest ways to gently detox the liver. ***Note: Only use glass or stainless steel when applying essential oils to drinking water. They are powerful and can pull the toxins from plastic and you don’t want to be drinking that.

Not all essential oils are created equally and can be taken internally. There are several things to consider, the brand itself, the growing process and distillation process. When I speak of using oils internally, Young Living are the only oils I have used on myself or my family internally. I go more into detail here on the things to consider and questions to ask when purchasing essential oils.

What is Lemon essential oil used for?

These are some of our favorite ways to use Lemon essential oil:

There are so many ways to use this oil but these are some of our families favorites and other popular ways to use it.

  • Diffuse for a fresh, clean scent
  • Add to water in the mornings to help metabolism and liver function kick into gear
  • Supports liver detoxification
  • Add to nail serum to help strengthen and cleanse the nails
  • Add a drop on the little clear rubber bands to break them apart instead of trying to take them out of hair
  • Dilute and apply to the base of the nose to help stop runny noses
  • The best goo remover you can find
  • Stress reducing
  • Helps with anxiety and depression
  • Helps to manage LDLs
  • Enhances the penetration of vitamins A, E, C and B6 though the skin
  • Cleansing
  • Boost metabolism
  • Reduce wrinkles and prevent acne
  • Reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
  • Helps to flush out parasites
  • Helps with urinary tract infections
  • Add a few drops to your Thieves dish soap to help cut through grease.
  • Add a couple of drops directly to really greasy pans/dishes
  • Supports the digestive system
  • Reduces nausea and vomiting in pregnant women
  • Helps with urinary tract infections
  • Can help support hypertension
  • Boosts energy levels
  • It can help with gallstones
  • Supports the respiratory system
  • It has also been studied in over 50 clinical studies for the ability to combat tumor growth, anxiety, hypertension, and digestive problems.

Lemon Essential Oil Uses and Benefits with Lemon Essential Oil Bottle and greenery in the background on a countertop.

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How to make roller bottles with Lemon essential oil:

Roller bottles are one of the easiest ways to use your essential oils. If you need rollers to dilute, I love these and these!

  1. Add 15-20 drops of Lemon essential oil to a 10ml roller bottle. 
  2. Top with your favorite carrier oil. My favorite for roller bottles is either V6 from Young Living or Fractionated coconut oil
  3. Shake your roller bottle and use as needed.

Apply to pulse points, the spine, base of the neck, bottoms of feet, over the liver or any area of concern.

Three Empty Roller Bottles with dried flowers

Lemon Essential Oil Roller Recipes

Seasonal Support

  • 10 drops Lemon
  • 10 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Peppermint

Liver/Kidney/Bladder Support

  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 20 drops Juniper

Learn more about other essential oils and their benefits too!

Lavender Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Peppermint Essential Oil Uses and Benefits
Thieves Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

What are your favorite ways to use Lemon? This oil, just like the others can do so much! We love it for its cleansing properties and fresh scent!

These are the oils our family has used for years (and that we know are safe for the uses mentioned above).

Remember, I am not a doctor, I am just a Mama who loves to share natural options that we use for ourselves and our kiddos that we have found works for us. I hope they can help you too! I’d love for you to follow along on Instagram @naturallychaoticlifestyle for more to our day to day life!

Thanks for stopping by, see you next time!

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