Lemon Essential Oil: What’s Not to Love?

The cleaning aisle is filled with lemon-scented products, from dusting to soaps.  Lemon is the rage.  Why?  Well, because lemon is great.  It rocks the cleaning world.

Image courtesy of  Suat Eman, / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of Suat Eman, / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Ever notice that lemon wedge on your glass of water at the restaurant?  It’s for more than decoration.

Lemonade on a hot summer day.  Refreshing.

If you don’t love lemon bars, I’m not sure you can be my friend.

I love lemon.  I wouldn’t necessarily wear it as a perfume, but lemon is on my list of “can’t live without” essential oils.

So, let’s take a look at a small sampling of the things lemon oil is good for.

  1. Lemon has antiseptic properties, so it can be used to treat various illnesses, the most notable of which is scurvy.  Sailors took crates of lemons with them to keep them from getting the disease.
  2. Lemon boosts immunity.  It is loaded with vitamins which help the body build its defenses and ward off attacks from germy invaders.  As a cleaning ingredient, lemon is hard to beat.
  3. It smells great.  It kills germs on contact.  No really!  It is a great sanitizer. It removes sticky residue from surfaces.  It freshens carpets.
  4. Lemon brightens skin tone.  Haven’t you heard of people who use lemon juice to lighten their freckles?  I wouldn’t necessarily go that far, but lemon works as an astringent and is added to many beauty products.
  5. It smells good.  Aromatheraphy is not a bunch of hocus-pocus.  When the air smells fresh and clean, you just feel better.
  6. Bugs don’t like the lemon scent.  Therefore, lemon spray can those nasty invaders.
  7. Lemon tastes good.  Lemon pound cake.  Lemonade.  Lemon bars.  Lemon sauce with blueberries.  Lemon butter sauce with fish.  Need I go on?

Like I said, I love lemon everything.  Here is how I use the essential oil, which is many times more concentrated than the juice of one lemon.

  1. In my water.  I add a few drops of lemon essential oil to my drinking water.  Lemons help adjust the body’s pH balance.  There is some evidence this will help my body stop producing kidney stones.  It may also help break down the stones I have.  Lemon essential oil in water helps with digestion and cleanses the liver and kidneys.  As an added bonus, I will never have to worry about scurvy.
  2. In my disinfectant spray.  I fill a bottle with water and add several oils to is to make my own disinfectant spray.  Lemon oil gets top billing.
  3. In my bathroom cleaners.  I pour several drops of lemon essential oil along the grout in the shower stall that gets mildewy.  After soaking for a few minutes, I wipe it off.  I sprinkle baking soda on the rest of the shower along with a few drops of lemon oil to scrub off the buildup, as well as disinfect the stall.
  4. In my mop water.  Lemon oil, combined with peppermint oil or lavender oil, makes a great floor cleaner.
  5. In my carpet freshener.  Add lemon oil to baking powder and let sit overnight.  Sprinkle on carpet and vacuum up.
  6. In my diffuser.  Lemony goodness to brighten the mood.  Some days need a whole lot of brightening.
  7. In my food.  My favorite salad dressing is a simple combination of lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic.  As I was making it one day, I realized I was out of lemons, so I substituted a couple of drops of lemon oil.  No one but me knew the difference.
  8. In my lotion.  My favorite facial lotion recipe uses lemon oil in it.  It is easy to make.  Smells great.  And leaves my skin soft.
  9. Over my kidneys.  I rub a few drops of lemon oil over each kidney twice a day.  This has drastically reduced my chronic kidney pain.  Lemon oil can cause skin sensitivity, but I can safely say that this area of my body is highly unlikely to see the light of day since I am well past the bikini stage.

For all that I love about essential oils, let me give the very short list of cautions.

Don’t be stupid and guzzle a bottle.  Few brands are meant for internal use, and the ones that are have specific instructions on how to use them.

Don’t assume one brand is as good as another.  Price isn’t everything, but manufacturing essential oils is not cheap or easy.  To some degree, you get what you pay for.

There is no such thing as a silver bullet that magically cures everything.  Don’t chuck all your medications for a cure from lemon oil or anything else.

So, now you know why I love lemon essential oil.  Why it’s on my list of essential essential oils.  Tell me how you use lemon oil and what you love best about it.


I am not a doctor or trained medical professional.  Therefore, I am not prescribing any method which will miraculously fix any health problem.  I’m simply sharing my anecdotal, real-life experience.  If you have health problems, do your own research and make your own choices.

I am a Young Living distributor.  I do not have any affiliate links to purchase their oils, but if you’re interested contact me directly to order.

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