lemon essential oilLemon essential oil has so many uses, is so refreshing and is so versatile that it has become one of my all-time favorite citrus oils. It can be used to freshen rooms and sheets, as a cleanser, to polish furniture and much more.

I’ve never been a big fan of lemons or lemonade, but lemon essential oil is in a class by itself. The scent of lemon oil is simply divine! It smells exactly like the clean, fresh scent of a freshly cut lemon – and it enlivens my senses. It seems to make everything seem “more alive.”

Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit. Jean Valnet, MD, estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons produce one kilo of oil.

Cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic, Lemon oil can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused.

With its bright and joyful aroma, Lemon oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma benefits your environment. Your teens can add a drop to their evening moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes, while you can add it to your conditioner for an aromatic treat that smoothes and shines the look of your hair. Because some citrus oils like Lemon can cause photosensitivity, avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time outside.

This oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™.

lemon essential oilLemon oil uses:

  • Boost your home cleaning with the cheerful scent of fresh Lemons! Add a few drops to naturally derived floor, window, and surface cleaning solutions. Do not use Lemon oil on granite or stone, as it may etch the surface.
  • Make Lemon part of your beauty routine, adding it to skin care products to reduce the appearance of blemishes or to conditioner and DIY hair masques to give your hair a smoother, shinier look.
  • Diffuse Lemon alone or with other citrus and crisp-smelling oils such as Tangerine, Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, Rosemary, Tea Tree, Tarragon, and Eucalyptus Radiata to create an aromatic environment that is clean-smelling and positive

More Uses:

To Remove Tree Sap or Gum: Lemon essential oil is one of the best ways to remove tree sap, gum or just about any heavy, sticky glue, or sticky substance from your skin or surfaces. I have a pine tree in the back that beetles have gotten to and it drips sap (the tree will have to be removed soon). Every so often I accidentally brush against it and get some of the gooey, sticky sap on my arm or step into it on the ground. Just a couple drops of lemon oil takes the goo off my skin and out of my clothes quickly.

Price tags also leave seemingly indestructible glue residue. Nothing will get it off but lemon oil. If your kids or pets get into some tar, lemon oil will remove it. Gum in the hair (or on furniture)? Try a few drops of lemon oil.

“I consistently use the following with minimal elbow grease and stellar results: Lemon essential oil is a quicker, safe alternative to Goof Off to remove any type of gummy residue Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend removes most paint spots and spills, no matter how old Peppermint removes Sharpie ink from most surfaces, no matter how long it’s been there.” – Kerin Benjamin

As a Great-Smelling Natural Cleanser: To get your whole kitchen smelling lemon fresh, put 10-15 drop of lemon oil in 2 cups of water and wash the counters down. Use lemon oil to rub off stubborn stains on dishes. Put a couple of drops in the final rinse of the dishwasher for lemon-fresh dishes!

Polish Wooden Furniture, Molding, Etc: Rub lemon essential oil on wood surfaces to clean and polish. Lemon oil restores the natural wood oils and adds a beautiful gloss and scent.

Corns, Calluses, Bunions: Rub lemon essential oil on your corns, calluses or bunions in the morning and in the evening for soothing relief and softening of skin.

Caution: If you put lemon essential oil on your skin, avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying. Citrus essential oils react with sunlight and can cause discoloration of the skin when exposed to light for up to 12 hours. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children. Do not use near fire, flame, heat or sparks.

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Lemon Essential Oil — 11 Comments

  1. Don,

    The Young Living Lemon Oil discussed in this article is the best food grade lemon oil you can find. It’s therapeutic-grade which is the highest, purest grade and suitable for ingesting. In fact, I wouldn’t dare put anything but therapeutic-grade into my body, considering the degree of adulteration in many other oils.

    I put this lemon oil in my drinking water all the time, make lemonade with it, and use it in recipes – it adds phenomenal flavor and zing to foods! It’s absolutely wonderful!

    Essential Oil Diva

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  3. Hello!

    I’d like to know if young living essential oil is certified organic? if yes, who is the independant certifying body?

    Thanks for the info.


  4. Antonius,

    Young Living has farms in several different countries, and every different country has different standards as to what they consider organic. They also have growers all over the world, with whom they stay in close contact and monitor. This creates a great deal of logistical issues and difficulties for being certified organic in any one country, and would be cost prohibitive.

    Young Living is very particular about who they work with and about implementing the highest organic methods on their farms. You can rest assured that Young Living and it’s growers practice only organic farming methods that typically exceed what is required for certification. That is why their oils are therapeutic-grade and not simply Grade A.

  5. Hi folks I’m going to Tibet and have heard that conditions there can be ‘tough’. Would you recommend that I use YL lemon oil as a water purifier? Can I drop it into my plastic mineral water type water bottle?

  6. Serena,

    It’s true that water quality in many countries is inconsistent. Lemon is highly regarded as an antimicrobial and antiseptic essential oil and many people use it to purify water. Its very effective with bad tap water. However, I have not heard of any tests on using lemon on completely untreated water, such as out of a stream or river.

    I couldn’t tell you if would completely purify contaminated stagnant water, either. It does work very well on treated tap water, even tap water that is not that clean or clear.

    I would not drop lemon oil into a plastic bottle. Lemon oil digests petrochemicals, including plastic. If you put a drop of lemon oil in an empty Styrofoam cup, the oil will eat a hole in the cup instantly. If you put a drop of lemon oil on a blown up balloon, it will pop it instantly.

    When mixed in water, it will take a little longer for the lemon oil to eat up the plastic, but it will sooner or later. Glass or a stainless steel water container is the only thing to use with lemon oil.

  7. what if I happen to be one of those dumb people to put a plastic straw into my lemon oil/water and now I have a cough that will not quit. I have tried to clear it up with thieves and then I noticed a film on my container and I have a couple of them and they are all clear except the one i put the straw in with the lemon oil…chronic cough … do you think it has anything to do with the plastic and is there something I can do about it.

  8. Dawn,

    Sorry to hear about your cough and straw mishap. It’s hard to say what causes coughs, but extra petrochemicals in the body never help.

    If there is a film floating on the water, you can carefully place a napkin on the surface of the water and soak up the film. Just lay the napkin carefully over the surface, let it soak a few seconds and lift it. That should take care of the film. As for your cough, taking more lemon in water or under your tongue might be an idea – considering lemon dissolves petrochemicals, taking a little more might just dissolve what you injested.

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