23 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil
It takes about 25 lemons to make a 5 mL bottle of lemon essential oil.

23 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

21+ Benefits and Uses Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon essential oil is one of the most well known essential oils. It is known for it’s citrus smell. Lemon essential oil is one of the Top 3 oils for beginners. Does anyone else think of “clean” when you smell lemon? I have listed 23 uses for lemon essential oil below. Keep reading to find out why this oil is so popular and so easy to work with!

How It’s Made

Lemon essential oil is a powerful oil extracted from the peel of the lemon using a cold pressed process. It is sourced from citrus orchards is Sicily, Italy. It takes approximately 45 lemons to produce a 15 mL bottle of lemon essential oil. 

Top Priorities

According to The Essential Life book, the top priorities of lemon essential oil are antiseptic, diuretic, antioxidant, antibacterial, detoxification, disinfectant, mucolytic, astringent, and degreasser.


Several lemons to make lemon essential oil
It takes about 45 lemons to make 15 mL of lemon essential oil.


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Lemon Essential Oil Uses

  1. Kidney and Gallstones: Apply diluted in coconut oil directly over areas of discomfort and apply a warm compress. Ingest a couple drops in water or capsule to break-up stones. 
  2. Immune System Booster: inhaling, adding to your water, and diffusing can boost your immune system.
  3. pH issues and Lymphatic Cleaning: 2 drops in a glass of water or apply to ears and ankles to cleanse and balance pH.
  4. Edema and Water Retention: add a few drops to your drinking water or take in a capsule.
  5. Heartburn and Reflux: Take with ginger essential oil in capsule or 1 drop of each in 8 oz water.
  6. Clean Your Dishwasher: Add a few drops of lemon oil in your dishwasher before starting a cycle. It helps clean and deodorize the dishwasher and the dishes. It’s a win-win!
  7. Congestion and Mucus: Rub 2 drops diluted over chest or diffuse.
  8. Disposal Freshener: Add a few drops to your garbage disposal before running it to help keep it clean and smelling fresh.
  9. Runny nose and Allergies: Inhale or apply over bridge of nose to relieve runny nose. Take 2-4 drops with lavender and peppermint in glass of water or in a capsule for allergy relief.
  10. Odor Eliminator: Add a few drops to a cotton ball (or box of baking soda) and place in fridge to eleminate odors.
  11. Gout, Rheumatism, and Arthritis: Take 1-2 drops in a glass of water.
  12. Strengthen Nails and Soften Cuticles: apply to cuticles to soften them and strengthen nails.
  13. Bug Bites: Place 1-2 drops directly on bug bites to fight the itchiness.
  14. Liver and Kidney Detox: Take 1-2 drops in a glass of water or apply to bottoms of feet.
  15. Degreaser and Furniture Polish: Add a few drops to your cleaning products (or 10-15 drops to 8 oz water) for a nice smelling boost that will keep your house clean.
  16. Laundry Freshener: Add a drop to the final rinse cycle to freshen your laundry.
  17. Varicose Veins: Apply 1-2 drops of lemon and cypress essential oils diluted in fractionated coconut oil to varicose veins.
  18. Sore Throat Soother: Add 2-3 drops to a cup of hot tea to sooth a sore throat.
  19. Concentration: Diffuse with rosemary for help concentrating.
  20. Hand Sanitizer: Add a couple drops to your hand sanitizer or just put some drops on your hands to use as hand sanitizer if you don’t have any.
  21. Skin Care: Add a drop to your facial moisturizer to brighten your complexion.
  22. Emotional Balance: Use 3 drops in your diffuser for an uplifting mood.
  23. Energizer: inhaling lemon essential oil gives you a natural boost of energy.
Woman applying essential oils effectively.
Applying essential oils correctly can determine the effectiveness of the essential oil.

How to Use

Lemon essential oil can be diluted and applied topically to skin, diffused in the air and inhaled, and ingested by putting it in water or other recipes. However, you must ensure that the oil you are using is safe to ingest. This is why I use doTERRA essential oils, because I KNOW they are pure and they have absolutely NO additives. A lot of store bought oils have additives in them and they are not safe to ingest. I know with doTERRA that I am getting essential oil and ONLY essential oil. 

Safety Concerns

Avoid exposure of affected area to sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours after direct topical application. Also, NEVER ingest essential oils unless you are absolutely sure they are pure oils AND they are safe to ingest (for doTERRA oils it will say “supplement” on the bottle). 


Safe to water diffuse around cats with the door open so cats can leave if they want to. Not safe for topical or internal use with cats. Is safe to diffuse around reptiles and small mammals as well. 

According to Essential Oil Vet, lemon essential oil is safe to add to the drinking water of dogs, chickens and other pet birds, horses, and cattle. It can also be diffused and applied topically to all of these animals except for cats. 


It is NOT recommended to diffuse or apply topically for babies under 6 months old. Because this oil is a photosensitizer it can be irritating to the skin. If you do decide to apply to your baby, be sure to dilute, dilute, dilute! I usually err on the side of caution with my kids. 

To recap, there are TONS of uses for lemon essential oil. Which is why it is in the Top 3 Oils for Beginners and a staple in my house. You can get your lemon essential oil here. Or get it with the other two oils in the Top 3 Oils Kit here.

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