Lemon Essential Oil Recipes, Uses and Benefits - EO Spotlight

Lemon essential oil is commonly used for its great smell and numerous medicinal properties. In this spotlight you will learn the uses and benefits of lemon oil plus DIY Lemon Essential Oil Recipes you can make.
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Essential oils have exploded in popularity over the past several years. Not only do they offer a range of aromatherapy scents, but they also provide users with great health and beauty benefits. Lemon oil, in particular, can offer you some of the best benefits. In this spotlight, you will learn the uses and benefits of lemon oil plus DIY Lemon Essential Oil Recipes you can make.

Commonly used for its bright and refreshing citrus smell, lemon essential oil has numerous medicinal properties. It is known to treat a number of skin-related issues. It also keeps skin healthier and looking better.

Lemon oil is a top choice for natural cleaning and purifying the air. Loving Essential Oils fans voted it number one for cleaning. It is effective in removing stains, grease, and gum, plus it leaves behind a lemony scent. It can even polish metal.

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Lemon Essential Oil Facts

Lemon essential oil (citrus limon) comes from the lemon tree, a small evergreen tree with glossy leaves, fragrant white flowers, and yellow fruit that is produced all year.

While aromatherapy has seen a resurgence in western countries, this ancient practice has been around for thousands of years. Many great civilizations have used lemon oil and other oils to improve their health.

Botanical Name Citrus Limon
Botanical Family Rutaceae
Aka n/a
Note Top
Aroma Citrusy, crisp, clean, bright
Extraction Method Cold-pressed (expression) or steam distilled
Plant Part Used Lemon peel/rind
Shelf Life 1-2 years
Kid Safe? Yes
Safety Concerns For cold-pressed lemon, avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying topically.


Lemon Oil Blends Well With

There are many oils that Lemon blends well with, this is not an exhaustive list, just some suggestions:

  • Black Pepper
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper Berry
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Sweet Orange
  • Spearmint
  • Tea Tree
  • Ylang Ylang

Therapeutic Uses:

Digestive problems, loss of appetite, detoxifying, cellulite, bronchial conditions, influenza, sore throat, laryngitis, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, acne, skin infections, herpes, abscesses, physical exhaustion, fatigue, debilitation, anxious depression, nervous tension, inability to concentrate or focus.

Therapeutic Properties:

Anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, calmative, cicatrizing, circulatory, depurative, digestive, diuretic, hemostatic, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge.

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Lemon Essential Oil Safety Precautions

Skin sensitization if oxidized. To avoid oxidization, keep away from heat and sunlight, store in a sealed, dark glass bottle.

Expressed lemon oil is a photosensitizer (low risk). Do not apply to the skin before sun exposure. You can learn more about sun safety here. Most lemon essential oil is obtained through expression (aka cold pressed) but lemon can be steam distilled.

Distilled Lemon essential oil is available from a few brands and is not phototoxic, so sun exposure is okay after topical application. Be aware of what type you are buying, just look at the method of extraction if the bottle isn't clearly labeled.

Here is a bottle of Distilled Lemon from Plant Therapy:

Steam Distilled Lemon Essential Oil from Plant Therapy

Lemon Essential Oil Uses

So how exactly is a lemon used? Frequently, lemon essential oils are used in aromatherapy diffusers and other homemade products. You can use lemon in skincare recipes too. However, when using essential oils on your skin, you want to make sure that you have diluted the oil enough. So keep this in mind as you decide how you want to use this fresh-smelling oil.

Diffuser Jewelry: Place on an essential oil diffuser necklace and breath in to promote a cheerful outlook and sharpen focus.

Sore Throat: Add 1 drop lemon to warm salt water and gargle to soothe the throat. You can diffuse oils too for sore throat.

Fatigue: Inhale from an aromatherapy inhaler to combat mental fatigue and exhaustion.

DIY Products: Use in lotions, bath salts, perfumes, and beauty recipes to promote health and wellness. You can add a small amount of this oil into your soap and into other skincare products as well. You can even make masks and scrubs out of this in combination with other ingredients. The possibilities are endless.

Diffuser Blends: Lemon is a favorite fragrance to use in diffusers, get more lemon diffuser recipes.

Air Freshener: Use in a room spray to naturally deodorizer your environment.

Facial Steam: Add 2 drops of Lemon in a bowl of hot water, bring your face toward the steam without getting too close.

Nail and Cuticle Soak: Soak nails and cuticles in warmed up olive oil with a few drops of lemon.

Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

The use of lemon essential oil goes beyond scent-based pleasures. You don’t have to buy a diffuser to use this oil. In fact, you can just add a few drops to a tissue and inhale. Or you can dilute lemon essential oil and apply it to your skin.

Here are more benefits of lemon essential oil:

Lifts Mood and Wellbeing

One of the most promising benefits of lemon essential oil is its effects on mood. Research on this topic is still in the beginning stages. But scientists have found that lemon-scented products, and diffused lemon oil, can improve your overall mood and boost mental wellness.

The scent of lemon essential oil has a calming effect that can reduce symptoms of anxiety and nervousness. It also brings down your overall level of stress. 

Improves Skin Health

Lemon essential oil does more than improve mental wellbeing though. It can actually make your skin healthier. Human skin is teeming with bacteria and other microorganisms. To maintain a healthy look, you want to neutralize germs and bacteria. Lemon has antimicrobial properties that help fight against various strains of bacteria.

When you apply this oil to your skin, you can gain cleansing and antiseptic properties to the surface of your face and body. This is particularly useful when cleaning cuts and minor wounds. But it can also help you clear your face of blemishes caused by pathogens.

Reduces Discomforts and Pain

There are a lot of interesting ways to use lemon essential oil. This includes reducing pain signals to the brain. When you smell lemon, you can actually reduce the amount of pain you feel. Most scientists believe these effects are due to anti-stress and anti-depression properties. Stress and depression can increase the amount of pain you experience. But lemon oil reduces these issues.

Promotes Clear Your Skin

Diluted lemon essential oil is the perfect remedy for acne and inflammation. As we already mentioned, lemon fights acne-causing bacteria. So when you apply a diluted lemon essential oil to your skin at 0.5% to 1% dilution, it can smooth your blemishes and any inflamed areas of the skin. 

Skin inflammation and breakouts are a common problem. With the help of lemon essential oil though, you can fix various skin issues more easily. Remember that everyone's skin will respond differently, test a small patch on the face before applying to the entire face.

Eases Cold Symptoms

You’ve probably heard of using lemon juice to treat a sore throat. But did you know that you can get similar cold reducing effects from lemon essential oil? You do not have to consume your oil. Just put it in a diffuser and breathe in the lemon vapors. Your sore throat will relax and itch less.

The positive effects of aromatherapy on cold symptoms are not well studied. But lemons in general have many healing properties. So inhaling lemon essence through aromatherapy has the potential to greatly improve your immune system.

Lemon Essential Oil Recipes

Check out these recipes with lemon essential oil and lemon diffuser blends.

 1. Lavender Lemonade Diffuser Recipe

This blend smells just yummy, diffuse in your home to calm and refresh the space. Make sure you are using vanilla absolute, read more here.

  • 4 drops Lemon Oil
  • 3 drops Lavender Oil
  • 2 drops Vanilla Absolute
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser

Directions: Add oils to your diffuser with the recommended water for your diffuser.


Lemon Diffuser Blend Lavender Lemonade by Loving Essential Oils - Lemon Essential Oil Spotlight

 2. Calming Citrus Inhaler

Deeply inhale this relaxing blend of oils that can ease stress, nervousness, anxiety, and bad moods. Learn more about citrus oils.

  • 4 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 4 drops Tangerine
  • Blank Aromatherapy Inhaler

Directions: Add essential oils onto cotton wick of aromatherapy inhaler. Once inhaler assembled, take off the cap and deeply inhale the aroma. For a kid friendly-cut recipe in half if using.


Lemon Essential Oil Recipe - Calming Citrus Inhaler by Loving Essential Oils

 3. Lemon Facial Serum Blend

Lemon is known for its ability to brighten up your complexion and even heal acne scars. Geranium is another skin-soothing oil with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help to control blemishes. It's also balancing for all skin types.

  • 3 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 1 oz Rosehip Oil (or carrier oil of choice)
  • 1 oz Dropper bottle

Directions: Add all ingredients to a glass bottle, shake to mix together. To use, apply a few drops to a freshly washed face and gentle massage on the face using small, circular motions. 1% dilution.


 4. Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oil Diffuser Blend

Experiencing low mood or low energy? Inhaling lemon can bring up energy levels and mood to combat these common symptoms.

  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Rosemary
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser

Directions: Add oils to your diffuser with the recommended water for your diffuser.


Lemon and Rosemary Essential Oil Blend by Loving Essential Oils

 5. Headache Relief Oil Roll-On

Headaches occur from a variety of reasons like lack of sleep, stress, sickness, tension, hormones, allergies, etc. Here is a blend to help ease the discomfort.

  • 3 drops Peppermint
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 teaspoons Jojoba oil
  • 10 ml Roller bottle

Directions: Add essential oils to the roller bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with jojoba oil. Roll onto temples, neck, and shoulders as needed. 4% dilution.  


 6. Lemon Cheer Diffuser Recipe

Here is a fresh and invigorating blend to cheer up your day and your living space.

  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang
  • Aromatherapy Diffuser

Directions: Add oils to your diffuser with the recommended water for your diffuser.


Lemon Diffuser Recipe - Lemon Cheer by Loving Essential Oils with lemon, frankincense and ylang ylang


 7. Lemon and Lavender Hand Lotion

Here is a beautiful blend that delicately balances the floral and citrus aroma.

  • 6 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 6 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 oz unscented lotion

Directions: Blend essential oils and lotion together, then place in small jar. To use, take out a small dab of lotion and rub in on skin. 2% dilution.


 8. Lemon Breeze Blend for Diffuser

Try diffusing this air refreshing oil blend to remove unpleasant odors or to scent the air.

  • 4 drops Lemon
  • 3 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • Essential Oil Diffuser

Directions: Add oils to your diffuser with the recommended water for your diffuser.


Lemon Essential Oil Recipe - Lemon Breeze by Loving Essential Oils wiith lemon, tea tree oil and peppermint

Where to Buy Lemon Essential Oil?

Don't have a bottle of Lemon? Here are some favorite brands to try:

General Essential Oil Precautions

Never use essential oils undiluted, in eyes or mucous membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep out of reach from children.

Use essential oils with extreme caution on children, be sure you have researched the oil and that it is safe for use on kids. Plant Therapy clearly labels their oils "KidSafe" on the bottle if the oil can be used for children ages 2–10.

If applying an essential oil topically (on your skin), you may perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body, use 1-2 drops in a teaspoon of carrier oil like jojoba oil, read more here.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, epileptic, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. For more information on oil safety issues here.

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