Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Pure Lemon Essential Oil (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours.

Taken internally, lemon is a good source of d-limonene—a powerful antioxidant—and is believed to boost the body’s natural defenses.* Lemon oil’s fresh, zesty scent is uplifting to the body and mind.

Household uses for lemon essential oil

  • Use 6 drops in a spray bottle mixed with distilled water to use in the bathroom as an air freshener.
  • Use 1-2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
  • Use 1 drop to add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
  • For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
  • To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.
  • Add 2-3 drops to water and spray counter tops to sterilize them.
  • Soak your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  • Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle.
  • Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom.
  • Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  • Rub a drop to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces.
  • Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.

Personal uses for lemon essential oil

  • Rub a drop on a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings.
  • Place a drop on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain and aid healing.
  • Put a drop on bleeding gums caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction.
  • Put a drop on oily skin or acne to balance sebaceous glands (oil glands).
  • Rub several drops on cellulite to improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  • Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically to clear athlete’s foot.
  • Rub several drops of Lemon oil on varicose veins to improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  • Rub a drop on a wart morning and night until it disappears.

Topical use

Place a drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.

Massage lemon into cellulite to help improve circulation and eliminate waste from cells.

Soothe or prevent corns, calluses, or bunions by rubbing daily on affected area.

Internal Use

Add a few drops to water for a great antioxidant boost. Substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts.


Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, or crayon from most surfaces.


Lemon can be equivalent to:
Children’s Tylenol, Children’s Motrin, Chloraseptic, Imodium-AD, Pepto Bismol, Mucinex, Alli, Azo Cranberry