Essential Oils: Meet Lemon

Have you ever peeled a lemon or squeezed a lemon wedge into your water? If so, you have probably experienced lemon essential oil. The essential oil is extracted from the rind, and that left over oily substance on your hands is exactly that. Cool huh?

Lemon essential oil is antidepressant, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, and invigorating. I just love the aroma of lemon essential oil. It is so fresh, like summer in a bottle! Lemon essential oil is extremely versatile, which is one reason why it’s a staple in our home.

Here are a few ways we use this fresh and brightening oil in our home!

Lemon is a great oil to have in your home, and can be used for boosting your immune system, lifting your mood, and cleaning your home. Now that’s versatility!

When using lemon or any other citrus oil to clean, but sure to spot test. Citrus oils will dissolve petrochemicals and plastics, so make sure to test it or check the materials in your home before you make a hole in your couch.


Lemon essential oil is fabulous when used aromatically. Lemon is clean and uplifting, and a scent that most people can agree on. As such, it’s a great choice!

Emotional Support

Lemon is such an uplifting aroma, I love using it in my home. Besides being energizing, lemon essential oil can help us to think and learn, increase our memory, and help us to reconnect with ourselves. Lemon is definitely an oil to keep in your arsenal!

Lemon essential oil is beneficial for our mood and emotional health. | Virginia George

Adding lemon and lavender to the diffuser is a great after school blend. Lavender can help to calm agitation and overwhelming emotions, while lemon will boost the mood in the room. A great combination, calm and happy!

Respiratory Support

Lemon, when used with lavender and peppermint is great for support the respiratory system during seasonal challenges. Simply add a drop or 2 of all three oils to a diffuser to help reduce respiratory inflammation and irritation.


Lemon essential oil is extracted from the rind, and can be phototoxic. This means it can increase sun irritation wen exposed to UV light. For this reason, you should avoid using lemon essential oil on your skin for at least 12 hours before going into the sun, if you have particularly burn-sensitive skin you may want to wait longer.

When using lemon essential oil topically, use it at a low dilution (less than 2%), or stay out of the sun for up to 48 hours.


Lemon essential oil is ah-maz-ing for cleaning. Not only will it leave your home smelling fresh and clean, it will polish your wood and leather, and help to remove sticky residues.

Use this recipe to clean your windows with lemon essential oil instead of products with harsh chemicals. | Virginia George

Replace your household window cleaners and furniture polish with a spray bottle and lemon essential oil!

We also like to use a hand cleanser made with lemon essential oil. We love and use these roller ball containers.

My favorite hand cleanser recipe using essential oils - fits in your pocket and is great for travel. Not only cleanses hands but supports the immune system as well! | Virginia George

This hand cleanser fits great in my pocket so when we go to the children’s museum or zoo, I can keep it in my pocket and use it on myself and with my kids. Bonus, the kids love the smell!


Lemon essential oil is nutritionally different than lemon juice, so they are not interchangeable. Essential oils should be used internally with care and caution.

Immune Support

Lemon essential oil is antiviral and antiseptic. Antiseptic means that it can be applied to live tissue to protect it and protect against infection.

Add a drop of lemon to a spoonful of honey to help soothe a scratchy throat.

Add the honey with lemon to your tea for a wonderful throat-soothing, immune boosting drink!


Lemon essential oil is a great detoxifier and antioxidant. Add a drop of lemon essential oil to a pinch of salt in a drinking glass, then fill with water and drink down right away in the morning.

Lemon essential oil is extremely versatile, and beneficial to our health in so many ways!

How do you use lemon essential oil in your life?

If you love learning about natural solutions for your family, and want to know more about how essential oils can support that, I invite you to join my Facebook Group! If you’re an essential oil expert we’d love to have you too! Come learn with us! | Virginia George

Which oils do I recommend?

Essential oil safety and purity is vital when you are using essential oils to support your family’s lifestyle. I only use doTERRA’s essential oils because I believe in the safety, consistency, and purity of their oils.

You can purchase them here, or contact me to learn more or to receive a free sample.

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