How to Use Lemon Essential Oil

2 Posted by - August 19, 2013 - Archive

Cold-pressed from lemon rinds, Lemon essential oil has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. It contains 68 percent d-limonene, a powerful antioxidant. Lemon can also be used to enhance the flavor of foods and water and may be beneficial for the skin.

Lemon is also one of Young Living’s most popular essential oils. It is included in our Everyday Oils™ and Essential 7™ collections because it is versatile as well as a great choice to introduce people to Young Living.

Fun Fact: Jean Valnet, MD, estimated that it takes 3,000 lemons to produce one kilo of Lemon essential oil. In his book The Practice of Aromatherapy, Valnet wrote that lemon is a tonic for supporting the nervous and sympathetic nervous system.*  Learn more about Lemon essential oil here.

Tips from Young Living:

  • Use 1–2 drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue or adhesive, and crayon from most surfaces.
  • Combine 2–3 drops with water in a spray bottle to help cleanse and sanitize surfaces.
  • Place a drop on oily skin or blemishes to help balance oil glands and minimize oil production.
  • Add to water or a smoothie for a refreshing pick-me-up.
  • Diffuse to help replenish your mind, body, and spirit.
  • Place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or trash can to help eliminate odors.

Tips from Young Living Facebook Fans:

“I use Lemon on stains on laundry. It pulls anything out of the clothes, including grease, dirt, etc. Plus, it brightens whites on the clothes lines in the summer.” – Ashley N., YL Executive

“I use a couple of drops in a bowl of water to wash my fruit. It makes strawberries taste amazing!” – Sierra P., YL Distributor

“To give myself a lift, I like to put a drop or two in my palm, rub my hands together, and then inhale the wonderful scent.” – Susan H., YL Distributor

“We had gum stuck to our wood floors. I tried scraping it up with a razor, no good. I decided to grab my Lemon essential oil, put a few drops on the gum, and it immediately came up with ease!” – Niki K., YL Star

“I put three drops in my garbage disposal while running warm water through it after washing supper dishes! Smells great and sanitizes it!” – Tricia W., YL Distributor

“My dog chewed up a black ink pen on our brand-new, light-colored carpet. I immediately put a few drops of Lemon oil on it, let it soak in, shampooed over the top of it, and it was gone! It took very little effort. It just came right out.” – Amanda S., YL Distributor

How do you use Lemon essential oil? Tell us in the comments.


*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.



  • Melissa October 13, 2015 - 9:44 am Reply

    A dear friend of mine just gave me a bottle of the Lemon oil to try (I am new to using oils) and I am just wondering, what are all of the great benefits of using it?

    • Young Living October 22, 2015 - 2:34 pm Reply

      Hi Melissa, Thank you for your question.

      Here is some information about our Young Living Lemon Oil.

      Lemon oil includes limonene, which is a beneficial natural compound.
      Lemon oil also enhances the flavor of your favorite foods and beverages.
      Is a key ingredient in Thieves®, NingXia Red®, and Inner Defense™.

      We hope you enjoy it!

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  • Sandy J. Duncan February 4, 2014 - 12:48 pm Reply

    I’m sipping a refreshing glass of what I call Spa Water since I originally had it when getting a massage. Take a about 1 liter of water and slice 1/4 cucumber, fresh sprig of Rosemary (or rosemary essential oil), 1/2 orange in large slices and 3-4 drops of YL Lemon oil. So refreshing and so many good for you benefits in this.

  • Michelle August 28, 2013 - 9:14 pm Reply

    You know how 26 cups of peppermint tea is equal to 1 drop of oil? How about lemon, is there something that says how many lemons it takes to get 1 drop?

    • Amy October 1, 2015 - 7:05 pm Reply

      I read that it takes 75 lemons to make a 15ml bottle of lemon EO.

  • kathleen louise heperi August 23, 2013 - 6:52 am Reply

    I had ants coming into my kitchen and invading my rubbish bin. I added 5 drops of YL Lemon oil to about 1/2 cup of water and sprayed it along the line where they were marching, and at entry point, then wiped it all over inside and out of the plastic bin. Voila! That was a few weeks ago now. Still no sign of any ants. Magic!

  • Valerie C....Yl Distributor August 20, 2013 - 5:31 pm Reply

    I use it 1 drop in every glass of water to cleanse the liver and support the kidneys.

    • ernesto February 3, 2015 - 10:38 pm Reply

      is it one drop only in a glass of water of empty stomach ??

    • jess June 29, 2015 - 3:41 pm Reply

      I used peppermint oil and water in a spray bottle for my ants

  • Linda Troup August 19, 2013 - 8:56 pm Reply

    Love this! Lemon is one of the oils I never really know what to do with other than flavor my water and remove the sticky stuff left from price tags (but not on anything plastic or vinyl.

    • Blair February 22, 2014 - 12:31 pm Reply

      Great tooth whitener.

      • Kim January 2, 2015 - 7:17 pm Reply

        Blair, I’d love to hear more about how you’re using Lemon as a tooth whitener.

        • trish September 7, 2015 - 8:20 pm Reply

          Me too!

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