An Uncomplicated Life Blog: What Is Lemon Essential Oil Good For?

Monday, February 27, 2017

What Is Lemon Essential Oil Good For?

Lemon essential oil is one of the most affordable and widely used oils, but what specifically is it good for?

I love my essential oils. I love seeing how they improve me and my family's wellness, I love making DIYs with them and I love learning about their history. Oh you thought essential oils were a recent fad? Nahuh, they're been used for thousands of years! Every now and again, I'll look at an oil I haven't used in a while and think, "Hmmm. What's this one good for?" I started this series with lavender, and explained 10 great uses for that oil. Seriously, lavender is the jack of all trades in the essential oil world! Up next? Lemon. Lemon is a close second to lavender for being useful in a wide variety of needs. Check out what lemon essential oil is good for:

Top uses for lemon essential oil

For mood (anxiety and depression): Inhaling lemon essential oil, as well as other citrus oils, can boost your immunity, induce relaxation, and reduce depression according to a 1995 study by Mile University. You can diffuse your essential oils with a diffuser for easier inhalation. The one I just linked is SO pretty, it will fit right into any room!

Nausea: When I was in my first trimester with Otto, I'd keep a bottle of lemon with me at all times! When the nausea would get really bad (usually when I was driving) I'd wave it under my nose. The bright, clean scent took away all mild to moderate nausea for me. Sometimes I would just sit and hold the bottle of lemon under my nose. I looked ridiculous, but I never threw up once while pregnant with him!

Immunity from the common cold: Lemon essential oil is an immune stimulant. There are studies that suggest it may increase your white blood cells. The best way to get these benefits is to consume it. Add a drop or two to your water (this glass water bottle can go with you everywhere), use it to flavor foods as you cook, or add it to a capsule and consume as a dietary supplement.

Clearing up acne: Because of the natural antibacterial properties of the acidic citrus, lemon also works great to clear up acne. I made this DIY acne clearing toner, which is a great way to apply it to your skin to get the benefits! I'd note however, that lemon shouldn't be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight, as you'll get a sun burn. Use common sense, and wear sunscreen.

Cleaning: Ever notice how cleaning supplies are often lemon-scented? Well that's synthetic lemon, but it's used because lemon has been used for it's antibacterial and antiseptic properties for thousands of years. I love my thieves cleaner because all I have to do is dilute it, and I love adding a few drops of lemon. Lemon essential oil is also a great air purifier if you diffuse it. Diffuse it in bathrooms, kitchens and/or near dog beds or in mud rooms - anywhere that could use a bit of freshness. This essential oil is also a wonderful de-greaser. If you've cooked a meal that's done a number on your pots and pans, add a few drops to your favorite dish soap to help get those dishes squeaky clean.

Laundry: I go to yoga or barre class four to five times a week, and I'm guilty of staying in those workout clothes for the remainder of the day. Gross, I know, but this mama doesn't always have time to change! My workout clothes, like all athletic wear, can get stinky. You know that smell I'm talking about? Add a few drops of lemon essential oil to your laundry detergent to get that stink out!

Best ways to use lemon essential oil

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Lemon essential oil has so many great uses. It's really the best oil for cleaning and freshening almost anything, in my opinion. It's bright scent also functions as a fantastic mood booster. Best of all, it's one of the most affordable oils out there! Lemon (in addition to lavender) is a great oil to start with if you're just getting into essential oils. 


  1. I LOVE THESE POSTS! I actually use lemon in the diffuser when I feel sick. It sorta makes me feel clean?! Honestly, just love the smell of citrus.

  2. I love lemon and really like using the lemon vitality oil for my water and to bake with (yummy in lemon bars). My go to when I was preggo with EJ was peppermint. That first trimester can be a b!

  3. Lemon is my favorite citrus. I've been sticking a slice of lemon in my water from time to time and I don't know why I didn't start sooner. I think I need to add lemon EO soon.

  4. Something that I have to think about

  5. Wow I had no idea! Great post! I'm pinning this!

  6. Lemon oil is one of my favourites! I never knew it helped with nausea though. I'll have to try that. Thanks for sharing this!

  7. I'm obsessed with my diffuser and love using lemon oil as a pick-me-up scent, who knew it had so many other great uses!

  8. I have been looking into getting a diffuser and oils. I love lemon and i'm so excited to see all the benefits of using it. Another favorite of mine is peppermint oil.

  9. Is it good for digestion as well? I add it to my water because I've heard it's good for digestion... or maybe that was the peppermint? I could be getting them confused! It's good to know that it's good for immunity too! I haven't been adding it to my water recently because I had the flu and I'm still dealing with a cough. Maybe adding it back in will give my immune system a little boost to help finally knock this cough out of my system.

    I've also been feeling quite stressed lately, so I think I'll be adding this to my diffuser to see if that helps calm me down a little.

  10. I have always loved the smell of lemons. I had no idea that it was good for so many things. I need to get some oils and an infuser now!!

  11. This is a fantastic post! Thanks for sharing all the fabulous ways to use lemon essential oil. I can't wait to try all these tips!

  12. I love the fragrance of Lemon oil. I often make my own soaps and body lotion and this is by far one of my favorite fragrances

  13. Kimberly @ Berly's KitchenMarch 2, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing this info! I have to be really careful with essential oils because of allergies, so I've only used a few. However, I've never thought of using lemon, but I think it could be really useful.