5 Reasons to Keep Lemon Essential Oil on Hand

Did you know that Christopher Columbus introduced lemons trees to America? They were also used back then by sailors at sea to help combat vitamin deficiencies and scurvy.

Lemon Essential Oil has antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties. It offers numerous health benefits and is a top contender for cleaning supplies. It’s still used to prevent contagious illnesses and boost the immune system.

Some of the ways to use lemon in your daily life:

Reduce anxiety and uplift mood

Lemon helps ease stress, nervous tension, and anxiety, yet it can energize and refresh your mind. It’s a nice pick-me-up that’ll perk you up if you’re feeling tired and fatigued. It relieves mental exhaustion while improving focus, memory retention, and concentration.

Skin care

Its astringent properties reduce cellulite, remove dead skin cells, brighten and clear up your complexion. Lemon tightens sagging skin, helping to prevent wrinkles. It’s detoxifying and reduces excessive oil on your skin, so it’s often used on acne.

Boosts immune system

Applied topically (mixed with carrier oil) to the bottoms of your feet, lemon helps bring down fevers and helps ward off diseases. It does this by stimulating white blood cells. Lemon is rich in vitamins and nutrition.

  • To increase circulation, try mixing it with peppermint essential oil.
  • Either diffuse (including diffuser jewelry) or apply topically. If you do come down with an infection or illness, it helps relieve muscular aches and pains.


Nail and hair care

  • When your nails are looking a little drab or yellow, use cotton balls to rub lemon essential oil on them to get them looking white and shiny.
  • For more vibrant hair, mix a few drops of lemon with a spray bottle of water and spray onto hair. It refreshes your mane, giving you shiny, healthy hair.


All-purpose cleaner

Get rid of the chemical in cleaning supplies. Lemon is a disinfectant and works in all kinds of ways around the house. Its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties make it a great choice for one all-natural household cleaner or make different DIY recipes for various cleaning jobs around the house.

  • You can simply mix several drops of lemon essential oil in a spray bottle and mix with water and use it on countertops, ovens, toilets, sinks, you name it. Vinegar is great for cleaning, too.

Here’s a recipe combing the two with a few other ingredients:

All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix in a spray bottle:

Citrus Soft Scrub

One of my favorite DIY recipes for cleaning around the house is a soft scrub that’s easy to make.

  • Combine 1 cup of baking soda,
  • ¼ cup of liquid castile soap
  • 10 drops each of lemon and orange essential oils.
  • Mix together to form a paste.


Lemon has such a refreshing scent. It mixes great with other oils, too, such as peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus. Whether your skin, health, or the air in your home needs a boost, lemon alone or combined with other oils works wonders.

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  • Nancy E. Megyesy

    Thank you very much for all this information. I find it very helpful for what is bothering me. Too much in today’s lifestyle. I do find these oils very helpful.

  • Kaye

    Thank you for all the great information, it’s always welcomed. Love the oils.

  • Kimberly Marie Bevilacqua

    Love your Lemon oil, smells wonderful. Great information also.

  • Kellie Nimie

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge<3 So appreciate it!

  • Edna A Strickland

    Thanks for the tips!

  • carole Brunni

    thank you for this information it is great

  • Tisa

    Thank you. This is wonderful to know. I appreciate how you help us.

  • Liz Lambert

    Great, great information. I’ll read this over and over. Never tried the oil but will soon invest Thank you. A

  • Angela Holcroft

    Thanks, good information x

  • Jayne Honnor

    very interesting i love Lemons and after reading all the things its good for i am very happy that i do love a Lemon

  • Lex B

    Thank you for tips. I absolutely love lemon oil & now I have a few more ways to use it.

  • Geoz

    Thank you for sharing your tips .I find the lemon spray leaves a refreshing scent throughout the house.

  • Myriam Caicedo

    Thank you for the great information! I love to learned how it helps with the skin and hair! Wow!

  • Cheryl

    Thank you for the information on lemon oil, and how to mix for other uses. I really appreciate it . My knowledge of oils is growing thanks to you !

  • Sandra stokes

    Thanks ?? ?? for this information I will try these suggestions. You learn something every day xx

  • Eve

    Thank you for some tips re lemons xx

  • Lorraine Evans

    Wonderful to read ur information re lemon oil; because I’ve learned some things I didn’t know! Thank u for that. ????

  • Renee Dundas

    Thanks ? Such great information to know. All needed.

  • Elmien Jantjies

    Thanx So much….great info…..be blessed

  • Trisha Noller

    Amazing Info.. I’m in love with my many oils, diffuser & my bracelets. So much so that I even got family and friends purchasing these items .. There are times when I go to clean I’m out of my cleaning supplies, and need a DIY solution to use. Love the skin care DIY also.. thanks fo sharing!!

  • Susan Schneider

    Thanks for sharing this information. I have found it very helpful.

  • Kathi Cooke

    Thankyou so much for your assistance and great recipes. I do love lemon!

  • Sandra Lambert

    Thank you very much going to try this for many different solutions.

  • Hariette McGeough

    Thank you, I’m going to try the all purpose cleaner.

  • A Johnson

    Thanks for the wisdom education and knowledge….

  • Marie McLennan

    Sprinkle lemon oil os zest on a mop or duster when removing cobwebs. Spiders dislike it and will not return.

  • Linda Barnes

    Love this oils education?

  • Vivien Deed

    Sounds like good advice

  • Cynthia Cummins

    Thankful for these recipes.

  • Beverly Grathwohl

    Thanks for letting me know about lemon oil & the many ways to use it.

  • Mary

    Thanks for the info, you give on your oils, really appreciate it, some I’ve not tryed but will do now, again Thank You.

  • Paula Cotter

    This sounds great,I am going to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Linda Shields

    Thank you for the information. I LOVE LEMON AND ORANGE anyway, but now I’ll really feel more confident using these two oils MORE AND MORE.

  • Theresa

    Thank you great information

  • Laurette

    I appreciate the information and plan to share some of these ‘hints’ for natural, healing, cleaning. Thanks

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  • LeAnn Lockhart

    I loved that.!Thank you ,I’m always reading as much as I can with natural sources . I love all oils but lemongrass and eucalyptus is my favorite for breathing and clearing my thoughts.

  • Jacqueline Olivia Te-Hauora TURNER

    I am elated with the information, thanks for sharing. Can,t wait to try the recipes, and to collect all the oils.

  • Sandhya

    I love the ideas provided for cleaning and making sprays.

  • Laura

    Thank you so much for your informative blog!…Very helpful!

  • Jacqui Black

    These recipes and DYI ideas are great! I love lemon scented things and using it naturally is such a super idea for going green, too!

  • Suzanne

    Can’r Wait to try both of these recipes. Use both lemon and orang oil in my infuser, but this will be even better use.

  • Heather

    Thanks for the great info. Lemon is so refreshing.

  • Bonnie

    Thank you for the useful information.

  • Sue Dussault

    What is a carrier oil? Give examples.

    • Katie B

      A carrier oil is a vegetable oil made from plant seeds, kernels or nuts that are used to dilute essential oils. They help ‘carry’ essential oils safely onto the skin preventing any possible skin irritation, redness or burning that can be caused by undiluted essential oils. Almond oil, Argan oil, Fractionated coconut oil, and Jojoba oil are the most commonly used carrier oils.