34 Ways to Use Lemon Oil

by Carrie Raab on October 17, 2011

Lemon Oil

Lemon oil34 Amazing Ways To Use Lemon Essential Oil


Please note: These uses are for pure, unadulterated essential oils, like Young Living.  Please know that not all essential oils are the same!  Most essential oils are fragrant/cosmetic/perfume grade oils, however, Young Living Oils are therapeutic-grade and are safe for internal use! 

  1. To clean non-carpeted floors, add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to a bucket of water. Then add 5 – 10 drops of lemon, pine, or spruce essential oil. If the floor is especially dirty, add several drops of dish washing soap. This will clean even the dirtiest floor.
  2. To make a carpet freshener, add 16 – 20 drops of essential oils to 1 cup of baking soda or borax powder. Mix ingredients together well and place in a covered container overnight so that the essential oil can be absorbed. Sprinkle over carpet then vacuum the powder up.
  3. You may also put 3-7 drops of Lemon essential oil on a cotton ball and place it into a vacuum bag – doing this scents the air while vacuuming. If your vacuum collects the dirt into water, simply add a few drops into the water reservoir before vacuuming. This refreshes both the carpet and acts as an air freshener.
  4. Some essential oils can act as gentle stimulants to the limbic system of the brain by their scent, increasing alertness and concentration enhancing the capacity for learning, improving memory, and assisting many other cognitive functions. A wide range of essential oils offer these benefits, such as: Lemon, Peppermint, Rosemary and Melissa. To help increase these functions simply inhale the chosen essential oil directly from the bottle or put a drop on a tissue and keep in your pocket for use throughout the day.
  5. Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease, grease spots, glue and adhesives, and crayon from most surfaces. Tip: try a test area before to make sure you won’t ruin any finishes.
  6. Substitute lemon oil for lemon juice or lemon seasonings to flavor seafood, vegetables, beverages, and desserts. To use Lemon oil in place of the zest of “one” lemon – use 8 drops of Young Living Lemon essential oil.
  7. Combine 2–3 drops with water in a 4oz. spray bottle filled with water to help cleanse and sanitize kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
  8. Soothe or prevent corns, callous, or bunions by rubbing 1-2 drops of Lemon oil on the affected area, morning and evening.
  9. Fill a bowl with cold water, add 2–3 drops of Lemon oil, and drench fruit and vegetables in the lemon water to extend the shelf life of fresh produce.
  10. Add a drop to your dishwasher before the wash cycle for spot-free dishes.
  11. Lemon has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. According Jean Valnet, M.D., the vaporized [diffused] essence of lemon can kill meningococcus bacteria in 15 minutes, typhoid bacilli in one hour, Staphylococcus aureus in two hours, and Pneumococcus bacteria within three hours. Even a 0.2% solution of Lemon oil can kill diphtheria bacteria in 20 minutes and inactivate tuberculosis bacteria. 
  12. Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in research done by Komori, et al.,1995. Diffuse or inhale Lemon oil to receive the benefits of aromatherapy.
  13. Lemon oil may help brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing the dead skin cells. Simply mix a drop with your cleanser to help promote healthier skin tone.
  14. Lemon oil can serve as an effective insect repellent. 
  15. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.
  16. Rub 1-3 drops of Lemon oil to clean a butcher’s block or other cutting surfaces to disinfect those surfaces.
  17. Add one teaspoon of lemon essential oil to one-cup mineral oil for an effective furniture polish.
  18. 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.
  19. Put a drop of Lemon oil on bleeding gum’s caused by gingivitis or tooth extraction to help with healing and disinfecting.
  20. Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil on cellulite, may improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
  21. Rub 4-6 drops of Lemon oil with 1 teaspoon of V-6 Massage Oil on varicose veins, may improve circulation and relieve pressure on the veins.
  22. Some find lemon oil to help remove warts. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on a wart morning and night, may help it to disappear.
  23. 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.
  24. Diffuse Lemon essential oil to freshen the air in your home or office.
  25. Add 1-2 drops Young Living Lemon oil to a glass of water, tastes yummy, no calories, and alkalizes the water. Tip: only use a glass glass as Lemon oil WILL dissolve items made from petrochemicals and styrofoam.
  26. Soak kitchen dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil to disinfect and kill germs.
  27. Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom to sanitize hands.
  28. Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil to sanitize bathroom fixtures.
  29. Place a drop of Lemon oil on cold sores, herpes or other mouth ulcers to lessen pain, may aid in healing.
  30. Rub two drops of Lemon oil topically, may clear athlete’s foot.
  31. Heartburn is a burning pain felt behind the breastbone. It is most often the result of acid reflux, that is, when stomach acid rises up the esophagus where it irritates the lining. Lemon essential oil (which comes from the rind, not the pulp) is one of the best remedies for heartburn, as it causes the stomach to stop excreting digestive acids. Simply add a drop or two of Lemon oil to a small glass of water and drink.
  32. Relaxing & Rejuvenating Aromatherapy Bath Salt Recipe: 1 drop Grapefruit oil, 1 drop Lemon oil, 1 drop Orange oil, 1 drop Patchouli oil, 3 drops Ylang Ylang or Geranium oil, 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt. Add to running bath water. Soak for 20 minutes.
  33. NingXia Red Electrolyte Drink Recipe: Combine 2 oz. Ningxia Red
,16 oz. purified water
, 20 drops YL Mineral Essence
, 1 drop YL Lemon oil
, 1 drop YL Peppermint oil
, 1 teaspoon YL Blue Agave. Mix ingredients together in a glass bottle (I like to re-use my empty NingXia Red bottles to keep my water and mixes in, they’re nice sturdy bottles). You can make a more watered down version for the kids. More on NingXia Red.
  34. Refreshing Bacteria Killing Spray: You’ll need - 32 oz. spray bottle, 8 drops Spearmint oil, 8 drops Lemon oil, 6 drops Lavender oil, 6 drops Thyme oil, 6 drops Rosemary oil, 4 drops Eucalyptus globulus, and water. Fill spray bottle 7/8 of the way with water, add your Young Living essential oils. Shake the mixture well and periodically during use. This mixture smells as terrific as it is powerful at killing germs.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherita Hargrove September 6, 2014 at 1:45 am

Got my first bottle today. The first thing I did was put a few drops in a spray bottle with water and sprayed it into the air. It smelled wonderful. Can’t wait to try some of these other ideas. I love the taste and smell of lemon. I will try it in my water instead of fresh squeezed tomorrow.


lady k June 7, 2014 at 3:09 am

Grrreat tips forti evrything but mainly love the two abt handsanitizer and using as airfreshner/germ killer;-) thanx a bunch!


Joan February 3, 2014 at 8:04 am

I have these horrible ,brown, crusty things on my face. Age spots probably. I am 78. Any ideas on what would work to get rid of them, please?


sherry February 22, 2014 at 4:05 pm

Try some fresh lemon juice just on the brown spots and it should work.
I like all natural stuff. You may also search the internet for natural brown
spot age remover. God Bless


KathyW July 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm

I would apply organic virgin coconut oil to my face (I use it all over; wonderful moisturizer).


mary July 4, 2014 at 4:35 am

Hi Joan, my tip would be to try coconut oil. Use it for a little while on the spots, it will definately make a difference :-)
-Good Luck


Stevie November 6, 2013 at 7:52 pm

I would like to make dressing that calls for 1/2 lemon, juiced. Do you know what the equivalent would be for drops of lemon oil instead? Or if I can even do this? Thanks for the help!


Carrie Raab November 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

1-2 drops of Young Living essential oil should be sufficient. Do a taste test after one drop and see if you need another :)


diane October 3, 2012 at 4:19 pm

hia i have been looking for a lemon oil to add to my face cream and bath scrub is it safe on the skin neat or do i need to dilute it with an oil???


Carrie Raab October 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hey Diane! Young Living lemon essential oil can be rubbed directly on the face, neat. If it causes too much of a warming/burning sensation, then you can add a carrier oil to slow the absorption rate. :)


Donna E August 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Just found your site and love all the information you share. I just started putting YL lemon oil in my water and love it! TFS


Carrie Raab August 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Awesome!!! So yummy :)


Libby Leatherwood June 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Hi everyone! I am also new to YL Oils and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love them. There are so many I haven’t tried, but believe me I have a list. Back to the lemon oil. Carrie first told me how she puts it in her water, and I tried it. Love, love, love it. It does not taste like lemon juice. My son flipped out when he put it in his iced tea, yes, we are from the South. He can’t drink his tea now without it and all of his friends that come over, have to try it before they leave. He loves these oil almost as much as I do. Thanks again to Carrie for keeping us so informed, and I learn something new everday!


Carrie Raab June 4, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Hey Libby! Thank you for your comment! I am so happy that you have found God’s healing oils and you are blessed by them. I am so thankful to be off of OTC medicine and have therapeutic oils instead. I love your passion for YL oils! Share away and help others! :) Bless you beautiful one!


Annette March 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Love the hand sanitizer idea. Alcohol sanitizers are so drying and don’t always smell very good and love the smell of lemon! Thanks.


Carrie Raab March 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Hey Annette! Great answer! And so true! Blessings!


Teresa Coyle March 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I love to put the lemon oil in my water. Yummy. I never tried to place it on a cotton ball and in the vacuum bag, to make the whole house smell invigorating, so that is the one that I chose to do. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow. Will follow up with how it worked for me. Thanks for all the ideas. You are wonderful.


Carrie Raab March 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Hey Teresa! Glad you found the 34 ways to use lemon oil helpful! I look forward to what you think. Blessings to you!!


Sandy March 3, 2012 at 6:19 am

I have not tried this yet, but it sounds nice for cleaning, especially the inside of the microwave as I ususally use a real lemon to deoderize it.


Carrie Raab March 3, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Hey Sandy! You will love it, especially since you already love lemons. I can’t get over how much better it tastes in water then squeezing lemons. I am a lemon and water lover, and I choose lemon essential oil over squeezed lemon anyday. The way it smells is just heavenly! Thanks for your interest!


doris heath March 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

i love my young living oils just getting started on the lemon oil. i want to try it for heartburn as i have acid reflux and several of the other 34 ways to use lemon oil.


Carrie Raab March 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Hey Doris! So happy to have you on the oil journey! Aren’t they just amazing! You will love all the ways you can use it. :)


Rachael Milne March 2, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Hello! I would love to win this yummy lemon! One of my favorite scents and I don’t have any :( every time I try to get it at the health food store they are out :(


Carrie Raab March 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Hey Rachael! If you are looking for this quality of an essential oil, you will not find it at a health food store. I am so sorry to be the barrier of bad news. When you are searching for essential oils, you will want them to be in line with the French school of thought. For more info. on that, you can see it on my FB Young Living Oil Lady page. If you want lemon oil for fragrance purposes, then yes, you can buy it at a health food store. Hope that helps! Please ask, if you have any questions on that! Blessings! Thanks for reading my post! :)


Mary March 2, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I love to put a couple drops in my water every day not to mention using it in my
cleaning products as well!


Carrie Raab March 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Hey Mary! Me too! Love it! :)


Maria S. March 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I like the idea of using it as a hand sanitizer!


Carrie Raab March 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Good one, Maria! That is probably one of my father in law’s favorite ways too! Thanks for sharing!


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