Top 10 Uses of Lemon Essential Oil

As far as essential oils go, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree are top of mind. Lemon essential oil, on the other hand, is less popular. But if you knew the many ways you could use it to support your mind, body, and emotions, you would agree that lemon essential oil deserves the limelight, too.

Uses of lemon essential oil

Below are the top 17 uses for lemon essential oil:

Mental Clarity

1. Did you know? A Japanese study found people working in computers and word processors made 54% fewer errors when the air was diffused with lemon. Use lemon essential oil to help you focus when you’re working, increase your mental clarity, clear and stimulate a fatigued mind.


2. As an anti-microbial, lemon essential oil can control bacteria and fungi. As such, it can help detoxify your entire body, as well as tone the lymphatic system.

3. Some experts recommend using lemon essential oil “neat” (or in undiluted form) to treat veruccas or warts on feet and hands. (Warning: Using essential oils neat may cause sensitization. Consult a certified aromatherapist before using any oil undiluted).

4. Lemon essential oil can repel insects and help treating insect bites. Traditional insect repellants are made with potentially harmful chemicals. On the other hand, essential oils of lemon, neem, clove, among others, can keep insects away without the side effects. If you do get bitten anyway, lemon essential oil can help get the sting and itch out of the bite.

5. With its fresh, citrus fragrance, lemon essential oil is usually used to relieve headaches and even migraine.

6. Inhalation of lemon essential oil is said to help clear phlegm in the respiratory tract, and support healing in the lungs during an infection.

7. Lemon essential oil is also good for digestion. It’s used to stimulate a sluggish digestive system, such as in cases of constipation.

Emotional Balance

Lemon essential oil is an adaptogen. This means it can either relax or stimulate, depending on what a person requires. As such, it has a variety of emotional uses.

8. Lemon essential oil can bring on relaxation and support deep sleep. Use it in a diffuser or in massage oil.

9. On the other hand, lemon essential oil can be invigorating, cheerful, and uplifting. You can use it to help relieve anxiety or depression. It can help revive your mood when you’re fatigued.


Valerie Ann Worwood, aromatherapist and author of “The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy,” considers lemon essential oil as one of the “beauty oils.” She says it can benefits the eyes, hands, feet, nails, skin, hair, and lips.

10. As a diuretic, or a substance that helps the body discharge excess fluids, lemon essential oil has been used to assist in weight loss.

11. Lemon essential oils can also be used to bring balance to greasy skin, cleanse it, and help prevent blemishes.

12. Some have used lemon essential oils to lighten age and sun spots and other hyperpigmentation. Use it neat for this purpose or mixed with some carrier oil, because using essential oils topically undiluted may cause sensitization. Also, use sunscreen, because lemon aromatherapy oil, like other citrus oils, can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun.

13. If you have greasy hair and scalp, you can use lemon to reduce oiliness. It can also give your hair some golden highlights.

14. In synergy with other essential oils, lemon oil can help minimize wrinkles, especially around the eyes.

15. Lemon essential oil is one of the best oils to disperse cellulite. Mix it with a carrier oil and other aromatherapy oils such as fennel, basil, and cypress, and massage vigorously on the area with cellulite every day for at least 3 months.


In the home, lemon essential oil has many uses.

16. Purify surfaces in the home and workplace. Fill a spray bottle with clean water and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Spray on kitchen counters and other surfaces to kill microbes (be careful with wood surfaces).

17. You can use water with a few drops of lemon essential oil to wash fruits and vegetables.

These are just some of the ways lemon essential oil can be used for mental clarity, emotional balance, physical health and beauty, and around the home. Want to learn more about how to use essential oils safely and effectively? Request my free Family Guide to Essential Oils by filling out the form below:

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