Lemon Oil, Some Uses

Lemon Oil, Some Uses

Ah Lemons! They are sharp, invigorating, crisp and they make your mouth pucker. Lemon oil (Citrus limonum) is used everywhere as a cleaner, to make furniture polish, and to freshen the air in a room. It’s bright and it makes you smile, all while it helps get rid of bacteria. Can’t argue with that!

Aromatic influences:  Health, healing, physical energy and purification. Promotes spiritual and psychic awareness, promotes connection between spirit (consciousness) and soul, use for conflict in thoughts and intellect.

Combines well with:

Lime, Orange, Tangerine, Bergamot, Red Mandarin, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Lavender, Nutmeg, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Chamomile (German and Roman), Fennel Seed, Geranium, Eucalyptus (Radiata, Globulus and Citriodora), Juniper Berry, Elemi, Rose, Citronella, Patchouli, Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Petitgrain Bigarade, Anise Seed, Cinnamon Bark, Ginger Root

Ways to use it

  • G.R.A.S.
  • Very similar properties to Lime. Can be used interchangeably
  • Diffuse with Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Lavender in equal proportions during cold and flu season
  • Can add a drop or two to Peppermint tea to give it a little spark.
  • Add a drop or two to 8 ounces of water to help cleanse your liver and digestive system.
  • Diffuse in your office to help keep everyone focused and on task.
  • Good for energy. Gives you a boost.
  • Add to your orange juice in the morning to give it a little boost.
  • Use it with Peppermint and Eucalyptus to repel ants.
  • Add a couple drops of Lemon and a couple drops of Pine oil to your mop water.

Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. See what it takes to make you smile. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Lemon oil. To check for more, you can click on Lemon in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it. As they are interchangeable, also look up recipes with Lime oil and substitute Lemon.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Breathe More Easily Bath Mix

  • 4 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
  • 4 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 3 drops Anise Seed
  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 1 drop Petitgrain
  • 1 teaspoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
  • Epsom Salt (optional)

As you prepare your bath, close the window and door to prevent oil vapors from escaping. Fill the bathtub with warm/hot water. To soften your skin and remove impurities, dissolve 1 cup of epsom salt in the bath water. Then dilute the essential oils in the F.C.O. Pour blend into water. Swirl the water to disperse the oil evenly. Enter the bath immediately, since essential oils evaporate quickly. Relax and enjoy the bath for at least 30 minutes. (9)

Nail Rescue

  • 3 drops Lemon
  • 3 tablespoons F.C.O.
  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax

Heat the beeswax in a small glass bowl over a pan of simmering water. When runny, add the Lemon oil and stir thoroughly. Add the F.C.O. a little at a time, stirring constantly. (As the beeswax cools, it will become solid but pliable. If it is too hard, heat again and add more F.C.O., a drop at a time.) Apply the wax to the fingers and nails as a treatment once a week for maintenance. (1)

Lemon Gargle

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix all ingredients into glass of warm water, Gargle until it is all gone. (2)

Floral Scent Potpourri

  • 50 drops Rosewood
  • 50 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 30 drops Lemon
  • 30 drops Clove Bud
  • 20 drops Cedarwood

Gather dried leaves, flowers and small wood shavings. Crush these plant materials to the desired size. Place 1/2 cup of plant material in a wide mouthed glass jar and add essential oil formula. Stir the contents well and tighten the lid on the jar. Let the potpourri sit for several days to allow the aroma molecules to be absorbed by the plant material. (9)

Citrus Scent Body Powder

  • 12 drops Red Mandarin
  • 12 drops Lemon
  • 6 drops Patchouli
  • 2 tablespoons Corn Starch

Measure the corn starch and pour into a wide mouthed glass jar with a lid or a small spice powder container; then add the essential oils. Tighten cap and let the body powder sit for a day. Shake well before using. (9)

Other suggestions

Here is what our RMO family members are saying about it on facebook:

  • BGHB: “RMO Lemon essential oil took a ton of gum out of two brand new softball uniforms at 1am – big tournament at 8am!!”
  • SS: “Internal cleansing and house cleaning”
  • DSP: “Getting gummy spots off the hardwood floor.”
  • SG: “I use Lemon and Orange in my car to clear the stuffiness.”
  • PB: “In a nice cold refreshing glass of water!”
  • LW: “A drop of lemon with a drop of lavender is a nice summertime aroma. But I mostly use citrus oils while cleaning and doing dishes- I don’t have a dishwasher so I do them by hand and it makes the chore so much more enjoyable! It also disinfects the sponge to keep mildew away. I also use lemon to clean my butcher block so no chemicals get on it, thus, no chemicals in my food!”
  • JS: “I add a few drops of  Lemon or Lime to my dishwasher every time I run it. They cut grease better than detergent. I also drop several drops down both sink drains after I’ve finished doing dishes.”
  • JM: “I use lemon whenever I do the floor.”
  • TFF: “Lemon it is so versatile. I put a few drops in our water bottles and it gives the water a nice refreshing flavor and is a natural detoxifier. I put it in a spray bottle with some water to use as an air freshener and in the diffuser with sweet orange oil to give the house a nice smell. I mix it with some water and vinegar to make an all natural cleaner. The lemon really helps to curb the smell of the vinegar.”

And finally,

Time for you to share with everyone your favorite uses for Lemon oil. Tell us in the comment section at the bottom of the page.


  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller




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