Lemon essential oil is a superstar. Sharp, clean and refreshing when used aromatically it is also a healthy, no-tox option for home cleaning.

Like lavender essential oil, it is one of the essential oils I use almost daily because it is so versatile. It’s no wonder it is one of the most popular essential oils in the world.

You can either apply lemon essential oil topically, add it into your recipes or drop it into an essential oil diffuser. When I need to be really “on”, I like to diffuse lemon oil for about 30 minutes while I’m preparing for my day. The cleansing oil gives off a sharp, clean scent and I can start the day with a clear head.

Well-known for its purifying and invigorating properties, lemon essential oil is a good companion for combating fatigue and exhaustion because it uplifts when diffused.

What is lemon essential oil?

Lemon essential oil is extracted with a cold pressing process that takes the oil out of the lemon skin. An alkaloid, lemon is a member of an important medicinal plant family, known as Rutaceae. This means it contains the same flavonoids (plant pigments) as other citrus fruits and, therefore, has similar properties.

The reason it’s really important to get flavonoids into your body in different ways – by first and foremost eating vegetables and also using holistic health remedies, such as diffusing essential oils – is because they are direct antioxidants.

There are two important terpenes in lemon that give the essential oil its quality of uplifting mood. These are the monoterpenes, limonene and beta-pinene.

Lemon essential oil shares chemical components of limonene and beta-Pinene with other doTERRA essential oils, such as bergamot, wild orange, grapefruit, lime, and douglas fir. That is why all of these oils, including lemon oil, are often used to support a positive mood and create an uplifting environment.

Where does it come from?

For over 1,000 years lemons and lemon essential oil have been used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a wide range of health conditions. The plants are native to Asia and are believed to have been brought to Europe around 200 A.D. They were used by sailors to ward off scurvy and protect themselves from bacterial infections while at sea.

What are the benefits of using lemon essential oil?

Well-known for its purifying and invigorating properties, lemon essential oil is a good companion for combating fatigue and exhaustion because it uplifts when diffused.

The other big benefit is that you can diffuse it in the air at home to get rid of bacteria or add a few drops into filtered water to create a cleaning spray or air freshener.

Sunshine exposure and using citrus oils:

It’s important to know that there are some cases where using citrus oils, such as lemon essential oil, can make your skin more sensitive to irritation from the sun. That’s why it’s best to avoid direct sun exposure after using any citrus essential oil.


Pete’s 5 favourite ways to use lemon oil

  • 01

    Room refresher
    To create the smell of fresh-cut grass in your home, diffuse five drops of vetiver with three drops of lemon essential oil.

  • 02

    Morning pick-me-up
    Add eight drops of lemon to a good-quality essential oil diffuser and infuse your home or workplace with its aroma.

  • 03

    Skin conditions
    Dilute one to two drops of lemon oil in a little fractionated coconut oil and rub onto the affected area.

  • 04

    Anti-bacterial spray
    For cleaning the surfaces in your house, dilute 10 drops of lemon oil and five drops of tea tree oil in filtered water and pop it in a spray bottle then use liberally on sealed surfaces.

  • 05

    Fresh smelling washing
    Add a few drops of lemon oil to your laundry liquid or fabric softener for deliciously fresh smelling washing.

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Health Disclaimer

Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.

doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.