When Life Gives You Lemon

...make lemon oil. I totally agree with you, this is a predictable title and a little too cheesy TBH, but hey, let’s go with it and take it literally.

Lemon oil is one of the top essential oils for detoxification, among other benefits. If you haven’t known that already, you’re in for a treat! Let’s have a closer look.


What is Lemon Oil?

Packed with nutrients, lemons are one of the most widely used tropical fruits in the world. Their positive reputation mainly comes from their high concentrations of vitamin C. But it’s not just the lemon fruit that’s beneficial.

When used as an essential oil, lemon oil can be applied topically, used for cleaning, and used for many other applications.

Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit - cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic. The citrus scent of lemons comes from a chemical compound called limonene, which comprises the majority of lemon oil. Approximately 1,000 lemons are needed to produce one pound of lemon oil.

Without a doubt, lemons have a lot going for them. But the saga of the little fruit doesn’t end there. Read on to learn more about lemon oil’s suite of benefits, from the ways it can promote health and wellness to how it can be used to naturally clean and freshen the home.

Health Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil

If your only experience with lemon is with a bottle of tequila, then you are totally missing out.

Stomach illnesses

Lemon oil is carminative, it works to support various stomach problems, including indigestion, acidity, upset stomach, and cramps. 

Add three drops of lemon oil to water to help reduce heartburn and acid indigestion.

Stomach Illnesses


Lemon oil is a good remedy for increasing the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and rejuvenates sagging or tired-looking skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for reducing excessive oil on the skin.

REMINDER: Lemon oil is phototoxic, meaning that it will increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight and cause you to burn faster!


Mood Booster

Combine lemon and lavender and use topically or diffuse in your room to uplift your mood, and chase away the blues.

Add a few drops to your bathwater to help with typical stress and fatigue. Lemon oil is calming in nature and, therefore, helps in eliminating mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness and nervous tension. It can refresh the mind by creating a positive mindset and removing negative emotions.

Mood Booster

Immune system

Lemon oil has a high vitamin content, which makes it a wonderful booster for the body’s immune system. 

It further stimulates white blood cells, thus increasing your ability to fight off diseases. Lemon oil also improves circulation throughout the body.


Since Lemon oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, Lemon is a good cleaner!  It is used for cleansing the body, metal surfaces, dishes, and clothes.

Homemade all-purpose vinegar cleaner: Add lemon essential oil to this citrus vinegar cleaning solution for a fresh and very effective cleaner.

Alleviate Morning Sickness

Affecting more than half of moms-to-be, the vomiting and nausea of pregnancy are among the least pleasant aspects of gestation. While morning sickness will usually subside on its own within 14 to 18 weeks, for some it will continue for the whole nine months, up until the time the baby is delivered.

Inhaling lemon oil as soon as feelings of nausea were present on pregnant women, had the effect of drastically reducing queasiness and retching as well as an overall decrease in the intensity of those symptoms.

Alleviate Morning Sickness

Degrease Your Hair

Also caused by an overzealous sebaceous gland, greasy hair can leave your tresses limp, flat, and stringy no matter how much you wash it.

As with oily skin, lemon oil can reduce the amount of sebum on the scalp, as well as help rebalance the production of oils.

Degrease Your Hair

Treat Candid​​​​a Infections

Most commonly expressed as a yeast infection when it’s running rampant, Candida is a class of fungus that is often a normal part of good oral and intestinal health. Its overgrowth, however, can affect the skin, throat, mouth, genitals, and, if left untreated, can even invade the blood.

Because of its antifungal properties, lemon oil can be used as a natural remedy for yeast infections.

Treat Candida Infection

Additional Uses of Lemon Oil

Here is a list of other applications of Lemon Oil:

Food Ingredient

A tasty addition to pastries like pies, cakes, and marinades.


To help relieve sore throat, mouth inflammations, and tonsillitis.

Treatment for Calluses and Warts

Applying it to affected areas regularly can help reduce the appearance of these on your skin

Spot remover

Can help remove gum, oil and grease stains from clothes and surfaces


Because of its pleasant citrus fragrance


Lemon oil is a great remedy for the early stages of tarnish on silver and other metals.

Preserves Leather

Use a cloth soaked in Lemon oil to preserve and protect your leather furniture and other leather surfaces or garments.

Lemon Oil Recipes

You can definitely try these Lemon Oil Recipes in your homes, too!

Natural Aromas Laundry Scent for the Dryer

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    5 drops bergamot essential oil
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    4 drops lemon essential oil

Place essential oils on a dampened washcloth. Place in dryer with laundry for last 1/3 of drying cycle.

Sink Scrubber

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    1 Tablespoon sea salt
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    1 Tablespoon baking soda
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    7 drops lemon essential oil
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    Enough water to make a paste

Combine and use to scrub porcelain sinks, tile, and stainless steel.

Powerful Air Freshener

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    4 drops thyme linalol
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    3 drops pine
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    2 drops lemon or lavender

Drop onto a scent ball pad and diffuse

In Conclusion

Lemon Essential Oil is a household must have. However, it is advised not to use lemon oil without diluting it first, as it can irritate your skin. It must be used with a carrier oil for direct application to the skin. Effective carrier oils include coconut oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil.

There are findings showing that lemon oil may promote photosensitivity, which increases your sensitivity to the sun and may lead to sunburn and uneven darkening of the skin. I also recommend you to avoid applying lemon oil and other citrus oils to your skin when outdoors, as blistering may occur.