5 reasons to keep Lemon handy in the kitchen

12 March 27, 2017 - At Home, Cleaning with Young Living, Diffusion Ideas, Emotional Wellness, Essential Oils, Giveaways, How to Use Essential Oils, How to Use Vitality Essential Oil, Vitality™ essential oils, Young Living Lifestyle

Lemon and Lemon Vitality ™ essential oils are superheroes in the kitchen. They can combat an endless variety of kitchen catastrophes with their bright, freshening power. We’ve put together these all too familiar situations to help you see just how they can save the day:

Lemon Essential OilBeat bad smells

You’ve just arrived home from a weeklong family trip. You open the door from the garage and are met with the aroma of low tide on a 98-degree day in New Jersey. The culprit? That tuna casserole you threw in the trash bin and forgot to take outside before you left. Before you reach for the kerosene and matches (the house is obviously doomed at this point), you remember the bottle of Lemon essential oil you keep next to the sink. You take the trash out, open the windows, and add a few Lemon-saturated cotton balls to the bottom of the bin. Not only is the smell gone, but now you’re not sure if you’re in a kitchen or a blossoming orchard of lemon trees.

Choose the right refreshment

On a hot summer night, nothing sounds better than a refreshing cold treat. In the freezer, you have a carton of your favorite tropical-fusion ice cream, but you also have all the ingredients to make homemade fro-yo that will be a lot kinder to your waistline and wellness. You combine frozen coconut yogurt, mangos, oranges, a kiss of honey, and a couple drops of Lemon Vitality in a blender, and in no time, you have a warm-weather treat you can feel great about.

Brighten your mood

It’s 7 a.m. on a rainy Monday. You’re in the kitchen pulling out bowls and spoons for cereal, and you hear the kids running around upstairs fighting over who knows what. You didn’t get to bed until way too late last night because you had to finish the last episode of your favorite show, and you’re filled with regret. You’re tempted to just walk upstairs, hop back into bed, and let the children fend for themselves. As a final, last-ditch effort, you add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to your diffuser. You pause and inhale slowly and deeply. A warm, bright aroma fills your senses. You feel your spirits rise, and you’re able to greet your kiddos with a smile (or at least not a scowl).

Save your sink

The kitchen sink is doing that thing again. The first time you smelled it, you checked to make sure the family hamster was safe in its cage because it smelled liked something had died. Then you realized—though hard to believe—it was just the smell of normal food buildup. Luckily, you know exactly how to tackle this without any bleach or other harsh chemicals: first baking soda, then vinegar, rinse it all down with water, and finish with a dozen drops of pure Lemon essential oil. In less than five minutes, that putrid smell is replaced with the lovely, fresh scent of pure lemons!

Create divine desserts

Lemon VitalityYour in-laws are coming over for dinner for the first time tonight. You’ve spent the last four hours getting everything prepped for the perfect dinner, and now you’re trying to decide what to make for dessert. You want to finish the night off with a confection to remember, one that will lock in that great in-law reputation for good. You pull out your secret weapon, Lemon Vitality essential oil, and go on to make the most vibrant and flavorful lemon pound cake that you—or any of your guests—have ever tasted. Who knew you could win brownie points with lemon cake?

Special thanks to Kristina Barbee for her help with this post.


To indulge your lemon love, we’re giving away a bottle each of Lemon Vitality and Lemon essential oil (valued at $23.02) to five randomly selected people. Just comment on this post for your opportunity to win! You could even let us know your favorite ways to use Lemon Vitality or Lemon essential oil!

Giveaway Rules

  • To enter, simply comment on this post.
  • Contest ends at 11:59 p.m., MT, on Monday, April 3.
  • Five winners will be chosen at random and announced on the blog on Tuesday, April 4.
  • Click here for official rules

Congratulations to our five winners! Thanks for all your comments, everyone. We love hearing about how you use Young Living products in your lives.


  1. D. Yeager
  2. R. Wasinger
  3. N. Collins
  4. J. Kling
  5. B.J. Hubbell



  • Vickie Bryant April 18, 2017 - 6:02 pm Reply

    I Love Lemon in my water, first in the morning for a refreshing wake up and energizing. Later in the day for a more refreshing pick me up! I actually drink less coffee, more water with lemon!! I did add a drop in my coffee one morning, and surprised it was pretty good!

  • Glenda April 17, 2017 - 9:53 am Reply

    Is there a recipe for the pound cake using the YL lemon oil?

    • Young Living April 19, 2017 - 12:02 pm Reply

      Hey Glenda! We do not personally have one, but offered up the idea of making a lemon pound cake using Lemon Vitality. We suggest finding a recipe you love and adding the Lemon Vitality to the cake. Have fun experimenting!

  • Sonya jones April 16, 2017 - 6:46 pm Reply

    The first thing I do in the morning is drink a glass of water with a few drops of lemon oil. I no longer need coffee in the morning. Yay!

  • Charlene Chavez April 12, 2017 - 9:18 pm Reply

    My friend told me about these oils. It would be great to get samples!

  • Anne April 12, 2017 - 9:07 pm Reply

    LOOOve it in the diffuser and in water!!! <3

  • Megan H. April 12, 2017 - 9:42 am Reply

    thanks for the tips, need to try the lemon on the cotton balls as soon as I get home, love the tip on how to clean the sinks!! I love young living!

  • jen April 11, 2017 - 3:07 pm Reply

    I’m new to all this, but here’s to the free lemon!

  • Sara April 10, 2017 - 10:19 am Reply

    My favorite uses for lemon are: the garbage disposal, helping with sticky surfaces and adding to thieves in the diffuser! Can’t live w/o it!

  • Lori Bain April 10, 2017 - 8:45 am Reply

    How can the winners be announced and the contest already over when we just received this blog notification yesterday?

    • Young Living April 10, 2017 - 1:10 pm Reply

      Hi Lori. I am sorry you missed the giveaway. The story was posted on March 27th, and the giveaways only last one week. It could be that you are only subscribed to receive our emails weekly or monthly, instead of daily. It may help to sign up for the daily notifications. If that is not something that interests you, then we suggest checking in on our blog every couple of days. We post on average 2-3 posts or reposts per week either on the blog or social media (Facebook and Instagram). If you check in at least weekly to check for new posts, you shouldn’t miss a giveaway because they are open for entry for a week after being posted. Hope that helps!

  • Diane April 10, 2017 - 4:27 am Reply

    I love rubbing lemon eo on my hands after cutting onions to erase the smell.

  • Maia April 9, 2017 - 4:50 pm Reply

    I have been using Lemon essential oil to clean my toilet! I just pour baking soda in the toilet, scrub it with the toilet brush, flush, then I drop about 12-15 drops of lemon essential oil on it and swirl it around with the toilet brush. Who needs toxic chemicals when you have 100% pure therapeutic Lemon essential oil!

  • Christianne April 9, 2017 - 12:52 pm Reply

    I carry YL lemon vitality essential oil in my purse and add a couple of drops to my sparkling mineral water when dining out. So refreshing!
    I love sharing it as well!

  • Shannon Crandall April 9, 2017 - 12:45 pm Reply

    Ahhhh…lemon! A must have! In my water, diffuser, foods, so many uses. Lemon brightens my day!

  • Katie Thompson April 9, 2017 - 8:54 am Reply

    Lemon cookies! SOOO yummy. Oh and taking off temporary tattoos on my kids skin. Cookies and that.

  • Sandy Turner April 9, 2017 - 8:17 am Reply

    It’s a bit hard to hit a deadline of April 3 when the email didn’t come until April 8. 🙁

    • Young Living April 10, 2017 - 1:06 pm Reply

      Hello Sandy. I am sorry you missed the deadline. It could be that you are only subscribed to receive our emails weekly or monthly, instead of daily. It may help to sign up for the daily notifications. If that is not something that interests you, then we suggest checking in on our blog every couple of days. We post on average 2-3 posts or reposts per week either on the blog or social media (Facebook and Instagram). Hope that helps!

  • Amanda McKeen April 9, 2017 - 7:11 am Reply

    I simply love to diffuse this amazing oil to deodorize the living room in the morning. There is nothing better than sipping on my morning cup of tea, with a fresh clean smell of citrus lemon. #fabuousfreshlemon

  • Marilyn B Moore April 8, 2017 - 11:45 pm Reply

    Love, love, love your lemon! My water consumption has gone way up – just a couple of drops of lemon in my water bottle has made the difference.

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