Are you wanting to learn more about lemon essential oil? Are you looking for some great lemon essential oil uses and benefits? Lemon is an important oil to keep on hand!

Lemon Essential Oil

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Why You Should Use Lemon Essential Oil!

Lemon is something we are all familiar with. But did you know that lemons contain powerful properties that are beneficial to you and your family?! Let’s explore some of lemon’s amazing benefits now!

Scientific Name

First let’s look at the scientific name of the lemon that I use.

It is Citrus limonum.

This might not seem important, but trust me, it is! Some essential oils have lots of different species. Some of these species can be harmful. So it is important when purchasing an essential oil to make sure that you read the full scientific name so that you know what you are getting.

For example, eucalyptus essential oil is an oil that I use on my kids for respiratory concerns and immune support. But, some varieties of eucalyptus essential oil can actually stop a small child’s breathing! We’ll discuss this more in a future post.

What is Lemon and where does it come from?

The bright vibrant lemon fruit grows on trees in many areas of the world. They are originally thought to have grown in India and China, but are now common in many many countries.

Lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the lemon peel.

What does Lemon smell like?

Lemon is a scent we are all very familiar with. Whether you have eaten lemons, lemon meringue pie, lemon drop candy or lemonade we are all familiar with the sweet and sour taste and smell of lemon.

Lemons have a sweet yet tart clean scent. Because it smells so fresh the scent of lemon is commonly used in many household cleaners.

Lemon Essential Oil Uses

So now that we’ve discussed name, origin, and scent let’s delve right into what lemon is used for and how it will benefit you!

Let me first say that I am not a doctor! All of the information that I provide on this site is for educational purposes only and is in no way intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe. Please read my disclaimer page and/or the disclaimer at the bottom of this page for a full disclaimer statement.

Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

According to Be Young Total Health, lemon’s traditional and alternative uses include: tinnitus, digestive aid, detoxifying agent, inflammation, diuretic, and more!

Diffusing Lemon

I personally Love to diffuse lemon essential oil! It is a wonderful choice for diffusing. When inhaled lemon essential oil is said to be very stimulating, promote clear thinking, and help to inspire! So add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your diffuser!

100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends!

I include lemon in many of my diffuser recipes that can be found in the 100 Essential Oil Diffuser Blends eBook such as Clarity and New Beginnings. The eBook also includes many recipes for cleaning, children, pets, home, etc. that contain lemon as well. Recipes such as Focus Blend, Cold & Flu Protection, Cheerful Kitchen, and Germ Free Zone.

According to JennScents Institute’s Introduction to Holistic Aromatherapy, Lemon is also helpful for nerves, jet lag, fatigue, respiratory concerns, circulation, and so much more!

I especially love to use lemon for cleaning! Lemon is not only a great cleaning oil, but a great deodorizing oil. And it makes my home smell so yummy:) If you would like to learn more about using essential oils for cleaning then read 11 Essential Oils for Cleaning Your Home Naturally.

Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt, in his book The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils, quotes Dr. Jean Valnet saying that “Lemon oil is effective against liver stagnation.” You can find even more amazing qualities of lemon in his book. It is definitely a must read for the EO enthusiast.

Due to this amazing effect that lemon has on the liver I love to use it in a gentle liver cleanse. You can find the recipe for the liver cleanse here.

Also in Dr. Schnaubelt’s book Advanced Aromatherapy, he says that “lemon is perhaps the most effective oil for disinfecting room air using a diffuser”.

Another great essential oil source is Valerie Ann Worwood’s book The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. In this book Valerie states that lemon essential oil is a useful water purifier and has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system.

I also use lemon in my cold and flu protection room spray, my hot flash spray, and my happy home room spray. It truly is such a versatile oil!

If you would like to make some of these recipes for yourself then be sure to check out the Essential Oil Recipes for Beauty & Body Care Binder! It contains some of these recipes plus so many more that, as an Aromatherapist, I have been asked to create for clients over and over again. Trust me, they will change your life!


A contraindication is a medical reason for not using something. In this case it is a medical reason for why you should not use lemon.

Lemon, and any other citrus essential oil, is photosensitive. Which means that you should not apply lemon oil to the skin before going out into the sun. By using lemon oil and then going out into the sun you can end up with a very bad sunburn. Even third degree burns!


You also want to make sure that you are using a good quality lemon.

As an Aromatherapist I would never recommend buying an essential oil at a local store. I can almost guarantee you that it is not a pure oil.

There are no government regulations on essential oils, so an oil can be diluted by up to 50% and still be marketed as a pure oil. It can be diluted with a carrier oil, or with a synthetic substance and still be called pure. How scary is that?! Definitely not something I want to use, especially for my family! You have to be so careful when choosing your brand.

Which Brand of Essentials Oils Should I Use?

So make sure that you know and trust your source. If you have a brand that you feel confident in you can use that. If you aren’t sure about where to get lemon, or if you would like to check out the brand that I use, you can find it on my business website Healing Blends For Life.

Where to Buy at discounted prices!

If you are interested in learning how you can buy my preferred brand of essential oils at a discounted price check out my Essential Oil page!

Also, if you are new to essential oils and would like to learn more about how to use them, be sure to take my FREE Essential Oils for Beginners Course!

I hope you enjoy lemon as much as I do!

Also please come back after using lemon and comment below with your opinion of the oil!

What do you like most about lemon essential oil? Do you enjoy the smell as much as I do? Did you experience any results after using lemon? If so what were they? Do you have any additional uses to add to the above list?

I can’t wait to read your comments!

If you are interested in reading more Essential Oil posts, here are the links to help you find them:

1.Why You Should Use Frankincense Essential Oil

2.Why You Should Use Dill Essential Oil

3.Why You Should Use Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

4.Why You Should Use Turmeric Essential Oil

5.Why You Should Use Geranium Essential Oil

6.Why You Should Use Myrrh Essential Oil

7.Why You Should Use Birch Essential Oil

8.Why You Should Use Cypress Essential Oil

9.Why You Should Use Helichrysum Essential Oil

10.Why You Should Use Clove Essential Oil

11.Why You Should Use Ginger Essential Oil

12. Why You Should Use Nutmeg Essential Oil!

13. Why You Should Use Lavender Essential Oil

14. Why You Should Use Peppermint Essential Oil

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Any statements or claims regarding health benefits of foods, supplements or essential oils listed on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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