Lemon essential oil might be one of the most used essential oil in our home. It is one of those multifunctional oils that is great for so many different reasons. I use it to clean with, in the diffuser for an energy boost or using it on the bottoms of the feet in the seasonal allergy roller bottle blend that is shared below. I find myself reaching for it all throughout the day!
Sourced primarily in Argentina and South Africa, Lemon (Citus limon) is apart of the Rutaceae botanical family and an evergreen that can reach up to 20 feet. It’s oil is cold pressed from the rinds and takes approximately 75 lemons to make just one 15 ml bottle of essential oil!
Lemon Essential Oil Benefits
Lemon essential oil is full of medicinal properties such as being antimicrobial, antiseptic, immune stimulant, carminative, diuretic and anti-tumoral.
It can help to stimulate lymphatic drainage and detoxify the body. It is especially helpful to diffuse during sickness to give the immune system a boost and reduce respiratory distress. Lemon’s fresh aroma can also help to reduce stress and energize. When taken internally it supports the metabolism and helps with weight loss.
One big benefit of Lemon essential oil is in using it for nausea and morning sickness. This study shows the use of Lemon aromatherapy to significantly lower nausea and vomiting. Inhalation of Lemon was shown to be even more effective than Peppermint.
As a homeschool mom I can really appreciate this next study which shows Lemon to reduce test anxiety. I will be adding it to the diffuser a lot more frequently when we are homeschooling!
Lemon Essential Oil Uses
- diffuse, apply topically or take internally (when appropriate) at the first sign of sickness
- roll on bottoms of feet along with peppermint and lemon to help relieve seasonal allergies
- remove sticky adhesives
- add to skincare products to reduce signs of aging
- apply to feet and toenails for fungal infections
- acne treatment
- reduces appearance of scars
- diffuse to purify the air and lift moods
- add to food and drinks for flavor
- mix with baking soda to deodorize carpets
- boost laundry with a few drops in machine machine
- digestive issues
- wood polish, combine with olive oil
- diffuse for respiratory relief
- inhale to alleviate morning sickness
Rollerball + Diffuser Recipes
Lemon is a great addition almost any blend. Below you’ll find a few roller bottle recipes and diffuser blends that you’re sure to love! For the roller bottle blends simply use a 10 ml roller bottle, add the essential oils and top with organic coconut oil. Lemon blends well with Lavender, Basil, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium and Ginger, Clove and Cinnamon.
Allergy relief roller
10 drops Lemon + 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Orange + 5 drops Lemon + 10 drops Vanilla
10 drops Lemon + 5 drops Rosemary + 5 drops Frankincense
Fresh air diffuser blend
8 drops Lemon + 5 drops Tea Tree + 3 drops Eucalyptus
Cozy home diffuser blend
5 drops Cinnamon + 3 drops Clove + 3 drops Ginger + 5 drops Lemon
sickness be gone diffuser blend
5 drops Lemon + 5 drops Lime + 4 drops Peppermint
*Caution: Lemon can make the skin photo sensitive. Apply to the face and skin that is exposed to the sun only at night.