7 Awesome Lemon Essential Oil Benefits

You’ve probably heard the phrase “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Indeed, it’s always good to look on the bright side of life, but with awesome Lemon Essential Oil benefits, life gets even brighter!

Lemon Essential Oil is uplifting, energizing, an amazing cleaner, and more! Take a look at this oil’s uses and benefits below. Soon you’ll be saying “when life gives you lemons, make Lemon Essential Oil!” 

Lemon Essential Oil Benefits, Uses & Recipes

While reading this article please note that essential oils are not approved by the FDA to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is based on individual studies and anecdotal information.

Uplifting & Energizing

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Lemon Essential Oil’s benefits include uplifting your mood. In fact, the calming and refreshing aroma helps create a positive environment which combat stress and promote mental clarity. Take advantage of the uplifting qualities and bright lemony scent in one of these recipes. 

Herbal Lemon Diffuser

Natural Home Diffuser Blend

Pick-Me-Up Shower Disk

Mood-Boosting Roll On

Energize Your Workout

Essential Oils for Energy

Meditation Diffuser Blend

Cheery Body Wash

Drops of Cheer Diffuser Blend

Great Cleaner

If you’re looking to switch out toxic cleaning supplies, Lemon Essential Oil is one of the best replacements because it’s such a powerful cleaner.

It cleans all kinds of surfaces like wood, metal, plastic, and ceramic. Moreover, it’s also a great laundry booster and a wood and silver polish.

You can also use it to remove gunk from labels and crayon drawings on the wall.

So, here are some cleaning recipes to make your home toxin-free:

DIY Surface Cleaner

Dishwasher Tablets

Dishwashing Detergent

Laundry Detergent

Vegetable Wash

Germ Cleaner Spray

Crispy Clean Christmas Linen Spray

Refresh Spray

Lightening Properties

Lemon Essential Oil has bleaching properties that help lift stains out of clothes without damaging the coloring of the clothes. Lemon Essential Oil can also be used for skin lightening, such as under-eye circles. 

Laundry Stain Remover Recipe

Fights Acne

Lemon Essential Oil has astringent properties. It shrinks pores to help balance oil production. This same property also helps tone your skin. Its skin-penetrating and antibacterial properties2 also make it useful for fighting infections and relieving acne.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Warts Be Gone

Essential Oils for Oily Skin 

Stretch Mark Serum

Soothes Pain

Along with soothing painful emotions, Lemon Essential Oil’s benefits also include helping with physical pain. Not only does it help reduce the sensation of pain, but its d-limonene content also has anti-inflammatory3 effects.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Circulation Boost Body Butter

Stimulates Immune System

Lemon Essential Oil also stimulates your immune system. This is due to its ability to detox and soothe emotions.  

Vapor Chest Roll-On 


By increasing the rate of synthesis in your liver, Lemon Essential Oil helps your body’s natural detox process1 (this same benefit may cause you to pee more).

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Lemon Essential Oil Blends Well With…

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Lemon Essential Oil has a wonderfully bright and fruity aroma. In fact, many people list it as one of their favorite essential oils. So, get creative using this oil in blends with Bergamot, Cedarwood (Himalayan), Citronella, Coriander, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Palmarosa, Rosemary, Sandalwood, and Vetiver Essential Oils. 

Simply Earth Blends That Use Lemon Essential Oil

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To be honest, Lemon Essential Oil is one of our favorite oils around Simply Earth. As a result, you’ll find it in several of our Synergy Blends.

Our synergy blends are formulated to make using essential oils easy. So, if you are new to using essential oils, I recommend you start with one of our blends to get the toxin-free benefits you are looking for. You can find Lemon Essential Oil benefits in the following blends:

Autumn Air

This blend has the perfect citrus and spicy aroma for fall.

Bumps and Boo-Boos

This blend of essential oils is a kid-safe skin-healing blend. It will help reduce swelling and prevent infection. 

Candy Cane

This seasonal blend is kid safe and smells just like a candy cane! 

Citrus Burst

This blend is made up of citrus essential oils. It’s energizing and uplifting.

Clean and Fresh

This blend smells just like it sounds! It’s formulated to be used in toxin-free cleaning recipes.

Clear Skin

Designed to fight acne and promote clear skin, you can count on Lemon Essential Oil along with a few others to get beautiful skin. 


Use this blend to protect your health and clean your home. It stimulates your immune system and cleans your home. P.S. It smells amazing!


Lemon Essential Oil is an energizing oil. You can find it in this blend along with Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential Oils.

Farewell Scars

Protect your skin from scars. When your skin is healing, use this blend to help your skin heal without scarring.

Good Vibes

Soothe mood swings, hot flashes, and skin blemishes–all symptoms associated with hormonal imbalance–with this blend.


A calming blend that promotes feelings of contentment, composure, and reassurance, helping you feel more at ease and bringing about a sense of well being when anxious feelings try to overwhelm your emotions.


This blend helps stimulate circulation and reduce the appearance of varicose veins. 

What’s the Science Behind This Oil?

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Essential oils are created in plants for a variety of reasons to attract pollinators, protect themselves from predators, fight bacteria, and more. When we use essential oils, we’re using these natural properties to support our own wellness. 

The main naturally-occurring chemical in Lemon Essential Oil is Limonene

Limonene’s therapeutic properties have been shown in studies to include analgesic3, antibacterial2, antihypotensive, anti-inflammatory4, antinociceptive3, antioxidant3, hepatoprotective (liver protective)1, immunostimulant, and skin penetration enhancing properties.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

By looking at limonene’s therapeutic properties, we can predict and study Lemon Essential Oil’s uses.

What Earthies Are Saying about It

Check out how these Earthies are using Lemon Essential Oil!

What I Love About This Oil

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What I love most about Lemon Essential Oil is the confidence it gives me when cleaning. I know it’s killing germs, and its lovely lemony scent makes my home smell clean too! 

Things to Remember When Using This Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time), it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting essential oils properly. 

Lemon Essential Oil is slightly phototoxic. This means if you use it on your skin it can make you more likely to get sunburned. If you dilute Lemon Essential Oil at 2% or less, phototoxicity should not be an issue. 

This oil is considered safe to use with kids age 2+. 

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on recipes for yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

Lemon Essential Oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs (use 0.5% dilution rate or less). For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We do not recommend ingesting essential oils. Adding Lemon Essential Oil to your water or food can lead to irritation and possible damage to your throat, mouth, and stomach. If you’re looking for lemon flavoring, use lemon or lemon juice. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils, check out this blog post

Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and have not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Use them to make your home toxin free with Lemon Essential Oil!

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1. Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014) Essential Oil Safety 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.
2. Lang, G. and Buchbauer, G. (2012) A review on recent research results (2008-2010) on essential oils as antimicrobials and antifungals. A review. Flavour and Fragrance Journal 27, 13-39.
3. Hirota, R., Roger, N.N., Nakamura, H., Song, H.-S., Sawamura, M., and Suganuma, N. (2010) Anti-inflammatory effects of limonene from yuzu (Citrus junos Tanaka) essential oil on eosinophils. Journal of Food Science 75, 87-92.
4. Mitoshi, M., Kuriyama, I., Nakayama, H., Miyazato, H., Sugimoto, K., Kobayashi, Y., Jippo, T., Kuramochi, K., Yoshida, H. and Mizushina, Y. (2014) Suppression of allergic and inflammatory responses by essential oils derived from herbal plants and citrus fruits. International Journal of Molecular Medicine 33, 1643-1651.