Lemon Essential Oil Uses

Lemon Essential Oil Benefits, Uses And How Is Lemon Oil Made?

​Lemon Essential Oil

​Lemon oil is such and all-around, adaptable and handy oil to have in your essential oil kit and can be used in many different ways. It has many different beneficial properties and it is one of the most popular oils to be purchased for this reason. We've written a comprehensive article to include: What is lemon essential oil, 20 interesting facts, the main constituents, how its made and so much more. We hope you enjoy reading it to the end. Please leave us a comment below on how you use lemon essential oil.

​What Is Lemon Essential Oil?

​Essential oils are classed as any volatile oil made from plants, trees, roots, stems and flowers that possesses the fragrance and other characteristic ​properties.

Lemon essential oil is made from the rind of the lemon and not the internal juice of the fruit, contrary to what most people think. 

As you may have experienced adding some lemon rind when cooking, it's the zesty rind that adds most of the flavor to the dish rather then the juice, this is where the concentrated oil is taken from the fruit and made into an essential oil.

​20 Interesting Facts About Lemon Essential Oil

  1. Lemon essential oil is a Top Selling Essential Oil For dōTERRA.
  2. Lemon oil has multiple benefits and uses.
  3. Lemon essential oil has a high concentration of Monoterpine Limonene
  4.  Lemon essential oil is made by cold pressing the rind of the Lemon
  5.  Lemon essential oil is pH Neutral
  6. The essential oil of a Lemon is made from the rind or skin of the fruit and not the inside juice
  7. Lemon is a great cleaner
  8. Can be used to help protect and preserve leather furniture or clothes made from leather
  9. Can be used as a furniture polish
  10.  It can be used to make a natural dish washing liquid
  11. Can be added to dryer balls to freshen sheets and linens in the dryer
  12. Can be used to help remove children's stickers and sticky gum from walls and surfaces when cleaning
  13. As with all citrus essential oils care must be taken when applied topically due to Photosensitivity, don't go in the sun for 12 hours after applying
  14. ​dōTERRA only source the very best raw materials to make their essential oils, and their lemon oil is no exception
  15. dōTERRA source their bergamot and lemon oil from the island of Sicily, Italy
  16. It takes approximately 50 lemons to fill a 15ml bottle of dōTERRA essential oil
  17. In a single year a lemon tree has the capability to produce between 5-600 lbs of lemons
  18. You can mix it with other essential oils to make an uplifting blend
  19. ​Lemon essential oil does not contain citric acid unlike lemon juice
  20. Lemon oil is one of the cheapest essential oils in the dōTERRA range and by far one of the most popular for very good reason

​Lemon Essential Oil Main Constituents

​The main constituents that make up Lemon oil are:

​How Is Lemon Essential Oil Made?

dōTERRA lemon essential oil is made by cold pressed / expression method.

The company sources their lemon oil from the island of Sicily Italy, where it is grown in the best conditions and harvested only at the optimal times of the year when the crop is at its best.

For centuries lemon oil was made by hand by the local farmers in Sicily from 1850 - 1890. ​Learn more about the history of essential oils

Lemon Rid Separation tool

Here you can see the inner fruit being separated from the outer rind, from which the oil is made.

Lemon rind separation

Nowadays with the help of plant machinery and modern technology lemon oil can be made much quicker and more efficiently.

It starts with lemons grown to the very best standards, in the most optimal conditions, located in the best region in the world to be cultivated.

Lemon Plantation
Lemon trees

Hand picked with care by expert farmers with generations of experience and knowledge handed down for years from father to son.

Hand picking lemons

The lemons arrive at the processing plant by large trucks where they await to be processed.

Lemon Essential Oil Production

​The lemons are then sent through various stages of the processing plant were they will be washed and sorted into different sizes.

Production of lemon essential oil
Lemon Oil Extraction

​Once the sorting process is finished the fruit is moved to larger machinery where the process to remove the fruit from the rind begins.

cold press extraction of lemon oil

​After the lemons are cold pressed what you are left with is a product that is 100% pure lemon essential oil, which goes through a very extensive testing process to make sure there are no impurities or imperfections. dōTERRA test their essential oils to Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade or (CPTG) standards. 

Pure Lemon essential Oil

​Here you can see the end product in the container awaiting purity testing,  bottling and packaging.

Cold Pressed Lemon Oil

​Lemon Essential Oil Aromatic Description

​Lemon oil has an absolutely amazing fresh scent here is the aromatic description of the oil:

  • ​Clean
  • Bright
  • Fresh
  • Citrus
  • Uplifting

Watch these short videos to learn about the most beneficial ways of using this amazing oil.

​How Can Lemon Essential Oil Be Used?

Lemon Essential oils uses and benefits

In the world of aromatherapy ​all essential oils are not created equal! Most essential oil brands contain harsh chemical fillers and nasty additives which have no beneficial properties whatsoever and may even cause more harm than good.

You can even find products masking themselves as essential oils in some of the cheapest bargain basement thrift shops in most shopping areas. (OMG!!!!)

Some brands of oils may not be taken internally due to there quality.

You really have to be very selective about which essential oils you are going to choose to use for yourself and your family. Cheaper doesn't mean better, please remember this!

There are certain items for sale that you can look for a bargain, but when it comes to natural safe health purchases you should only buy the very best for your family.

dōTERRA source only the very best raw materials from the best growing locations around the world, grown the correct way and made to 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade standards.

These oils are unadulterated and the most pure and potent essential oils on the market today.

If you are going to choose an essential oil only choose the best! I choose dōTERRA and highly recommend them, here are a few ways in which Lemon Oil can be used.

When we mention internal use we refer to only the dōTERRA brand and research should be undertaken by the reader of this article to ensure safe and proper use of essential oils for your own health purposes.

There are 3 ways dōTERRA lemon oil can be used.

  • Aromatically
  • Topically
  • Internally

​Aromatic Use

​Diffusing essential oils is the most popular ways of experiencing essential oils aromatically.

You can use a home diffuser filled with water and try adding 4-6 drops of Lemon essential oil and enjoy the uplifting and fresh citrus aroma as it fills your room.

Another popular way to experience aromatic essential oil use is to place a drop or 2 onto the palms of your hands and inhale, you can get the exact same benefits as you would from a diffuser, on the go, right in your hands, anywhere you please. 

Lemon is a great oil for cleaning with it leaves a lovely fresh and zesty aroma long after its use. It is great to make up spray bottles of water and adding 5-10 drops of oils to clean surfaces, furniture, curtains, counter tops, bathrooms the ways are endless on how you can use this very versatile essential oil.

For a fresh aroma and to clean those smelly gym clothes and gym bags watch the video below.

​Topical Use

​Want to lighten your hair naturally while enjoying the sun at the beach? Looking for a great natural hair blend, for that cool summer beachy wave look? Check out this awesome recipe for the summer.

​To make your very own DIY Sea Salt Beach spray you'll need:

  • A  clean spray bottle
  • 1 tbl spoon of all natural Sea Salt
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 2 teaspoons of​ dōTERRA Fractionated Coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemon juice
  • 2 Lemon essential oil

To lighten your hair just add 15 drops of lemon essential oil to the mix, for extra holding power add 1 tablespoon of dōTERRA salon shampoo.

Have fun making this cool summer hair beach spray and be sure to follow the instruction of the video below.

​Internal Use

Some dōTERRA ​essential oils can be taken internally as they one of the most purest essential oil brands ever made.

The standard in which the company produce, test and regulate their essential oils are a cut above most companies out there today.​​​

Some other branded essential oils are not supposed to be taken internally so it is vitally important to do your own research first before taking any other branded oils. We only recommend dōTERRA as a brand. These oils are 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade.

​Taking lemon oil internally is one of the greatest ways of experiencing its amazing benefits.

Lemon is naturally cleansing and super refreshing when added to a glass of water, it gives water a lovely lemon flavour which makes it easier to stay hydrated throughout the day.

Remember!!! Only add essential oils to a glass or glass bottle! Never use plastic glasses or plastic water bottles as the lemon oil is so pure and potent it can erode the plastic and it would make it unsafe to drink.

Taking lemon oil internally can be a part of your weight management and cleansing plan on a daily basis, it can be great for eliminating toxins naturally from the body.

Check out the explainer video below.

​Drinking water on a daily basis is so important for the body!! Our body's need water to survive, as we are mostly made of water.

Some benefits of drinking water include:

  • flushing out toxins from the bladder
  • helping organs and tissues
  • regulating body temperature
  • ​controlling blood pressure
  • aiding digestion
  • ​increased immune support

Try adding 2 drops of Lemon essential oil to your glass of water up to 5 times a day for increased digestive and immune support.

​Cooking with Lemon Oil

​Cooking with essential oils is fast becoming very popular nowadays for the concentrated flavour they provide with very little effort and there ease of use.

Everybody knows that the best flavour from a lemon comes from the rind and it is widely used when cooking to add a zesty kick to dishes.

Try adding a drop or two to extra virgin olive oil and use a the perfect zesty salad dressing replacing sugar laden store bought dressings.

​Weight management plan with lemon essential oil

​Check out the video about how you can use lemon oil as part of your weight management plan to help you stay healthy and keep you on track with your weight loss goals. 

​Lemon Essential Oil Usage Tips

In conclusion  here's a little list to sum up some usage tips:

  • Less is more! You only need a drop or two max at any given time
  • Don't go out in the sunshine for at least 12 hours if you have used lemon oil or (any of the other citrus oils for that matter) topically on your skin as these oils are Photosensitive and may cause harm to your skin and cause some irritation problems
  • ​If taking the oil internally please only use a couple drops max at any one time as less is always more with these very potent and pure oils  
  • Only pick a good reputable supplier and always buy Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. As we've mentioned plenty of times before, we only recommend using dōTERRA essential oils
  • Always patch test on skin before using it topically and dilute if necessary with a high quality carrier oil, there's no point in using a cheap and toxic carrier oil Right? it would defeat the purpose of using the best quality oil on the market like dōTERRA supply. The company also make a fractionated coconut carrier oil for topical usage and it's wonderful!

​Cleaning tips with lemon oil

​Cleaning with Lemon oil is absolutely amazing and 100% natural and safe, check out some very cool cleaning tips on how you can use this amazing product with ease to clean up those sticky little messes that occur around you home.

​Top 30 Lemon Essential Oil Benefits And Uses

​Top 30 Lemon Essential Oil Benefits And Uses

  1. Lemon essential oil Is a powerful Antioxidant
  2. Lemon essential oil can be used as a powerful cleansing agent
  3. Lemon oil can be used to sooth an irritated Throat
  4. Can help ward off free radicals when taken internally
  5. Lemon oil may provide cleansing and digestive benefits
  6. ​Lemon can purify the air around you, in your home
  7. Can support healthy respiratory function
  8. Diffusing lemon oil can create an uplifting and energizing atmosphere
  9. Lemon oil has been shown to improve mood and cognitive ability
  10. ​Can be used to help relieve stress
  11. Lemon essential oil can be used as a non toxic cleaner throughout the home
  12. Lemon oil can be used to help support digestion
  13. Can be used as used as part of a daily cleanse & detox
  14. ​Can be added to your favorite recipes while cooking
  15. Can be an effective part of a weight management plan
  16. Lemon oil is great to add to water to give it a refreshing flavor to help you drink your required 2 liters a day
  17. Can be used to make a beach hair spray to lighten hair in the sun
  18. Drinking lemon in your water can help eliminate excess water retention
  19. Lemon essential oil is great for using as a natural cleaning agent and is particularly great at cleaning stainless steel without leaving any marks
  20. Lemon has been know to balance the body's pH levels
  21. Lemon has been know to activate and kick start your metabolism
  22. Lemon Oil can help you exfoliate your skin
  23. You can make dish soap with it
  24. Freshen up you garbage bin with the zesty fresh scent
  25. ​Can be used along with hand soap to remove grease
  26. Can be great for polishing tarnished silverware and cookware in your home
  27. You can add a couple drops to your dishwasher to help freshen it up
  28. ​A couple drops can be used to make a linen spray to freshen sofa's and curtains etc.
  29. A couple drops in a spray bottle makes a great sneaker freshener for those stinky teenagers
  30. Can be added to dōTERRA's dryer balls to freshen up clothes, bed sheets and towels in the tumble dryer
Lemon Oil Benefits and Uses

​Lemon Essential Oil Caution

​As with all dōTERRA essential oils caution should be taken while using them as they are made 100% pure and unadulterated (we only write about dōTERRA and can't vouch for other essential oils that may not be as pure).

​If you are using the oils topically always test a little bit on your skin first by performing a skin patch test to check for sensitivity. 

If it is a case that it may be a little bit strong for your skin you can always dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil, we would recommend fractionated coconut oil as one of the best carrier oils to use. As a rule of thumb a safe bet is to use a carrier oil from the beginning. 

There is a caution that should always be taken with citrus essential oils such as lemon oil, wild orange, lime, tangerine, grapefruit, red mandarin, Kumquat, Bergamot and certain oil blends such as Citrus Bliss, Air, Aromatouch, Cheer, Elevation, Forgive, InTune, Motivate, Onguard, Purify, Slim and Sassy, Sunny Citrus and Zendocrine etc.

These citrus oils and blends may cause Phototoxic or Photosensitive reactions and care should be taken if you are venturing out into the sun.

NB!!!! It is very important not to go out in the sun for at least 12 hours after applying a citrus oil or blended Photosensitive essential oil as the UV rays of the sun can cause damage to the skin cells ranging from a dark pigmented skin color to red or irritated skin. 

If you know you'll be exposed to the sun don't use these essential oils on your skin until the evening time and once again at least 12 hours before thinking of venturing out into the sunshine to guarantee there safe usage.

It's safe to take certain citrus oils internally and you should not be affected by this Photosensitive reaction​, it only counts for topical use of these oils.

​Whether you're using essential oils topically or internally one rule of thumb always prevails! Less is more!!!

dōTERRA essential are 100% pure without fillers or other additives, it takes approximately 50 lemons to create a 15mL bottle of oil, so only a drop or two at most is needed to feel their benefits working.

It is always recommended to read the labels on each bottle of oil for exact instructions and consult your medical practitioner before changing any health regime or adding anything new to it. The official dōTERRA company website should always be read for the best way to use these incredible gifts of the earth.

Photosensitive essential oils to be aware of

Learn How dōTERRA Source Lemon Essential Oil

​Check out this awesome little video on how dōTERRA source their lemon oil from Sicily Italy, learn all about the farmers who cultivate the amazing raw product to achieve 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade lemon essential oil.

​How I Personally Use Lemon Essential Oil

​I have to say I just love the smell of lemon!!!! It's so fresh and uplifting. It's no wonder why its zesty fragrance is used in so many home products today.

It is in everything from dish washing soap to laundry detergent, shower gel to bathroom and kitchen cleaners. It leaves behind a fresh odor that just smells clean and uplifts your mood.

I love to diffuse only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) lemon essential oil from dōTERRA of course! In my home to purify the air, create a positive mood and to get rid of any unwanted odors in the kitchen after cooking strong smelling foods.

I love to add a couple drops of lemon oil to my water on a daily basis, I aim to drink 2-3 liters of water every single day and it helps me drink more water, as a result of this I feel it improves my digestion.​

I have used it in the past to clean counter tops and have added it to a natural home made cleaner solution to clean bathrooms and shower units to get the fresh clean smell.

It's one of my favorite oils to give as a sample to someone new who have not been introduced to essential oils yet as it is such an enriching oil that provokes such an amazing response form anyone who is experiencing it for the first time.

​Stay Healthy Folks


  1. What a fantastic and comprehensive review of Lemon Oil! I loved that all the video information can be found all in the one place. Thanks so much!

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