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How to Use Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon is one of the most basic and useful oils to have in your home. If you’re wondering what to do with lemon essential oil or wondering what doTERRA essential oils are absolutely essential, keep reading!

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How to Use Lemon Essential Oil with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Citrus oils are among my favorites to share with folks who are new to oils because, while they might not be aware of it, nearly everyone is familiar with citrus oils! When you peel or cut an orange, lemon, etc. the fine mist that sprays out of the rind is actually the essential oil of the fruit. Thus, everyone who has eaten citrus has experienced the yumminess, and likely the mood lifting properties of citrus oil (is there anything more refreshing than fresh orange in the winter??). Citrus oils are also among the most versatile of practical of the oils for daily use. Let me show you why!

Primary Properties and Uses

Lemon oil smells crisp and refreshing, just like you might expect. It’s aroma is invigorating and uplifting, helping you move from feeling mindless or listless to feeling energized. Around the home and in your body, the oil has powerful cleansing properties, making it a staple, especially in the kitchen.

Aromatic Use

Here are three of my favorite ways to diffuse lemon oil (recipes are assuming a 2-4 hour diffuser. I add about 1 drop of oil per hour of diffusing time to my diffuser):

1) By itself. Does anything smell cleaner in the kitchen than the crisp aroma of lemon? Diffuse to cleanse the air in your home of environmental threats and eliminate any “stale food” smells that can sometimes linger after cooking.

2) 2 drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint. This blend is also known as “TriEase” or the seasonal support blend. If you tend to have periodic respiratory issues, especially during “the yellow season,” diffuse these three oils daily to support healthy and clear breathing.

3) 2 drops each of lemon and eucalyptus. This blend also supports healthy respiration but has the added benefit of the emotional and mental stimulation from eucalyptus’s sharp herbal aroma.

Topical Use

(Note Bene: Citrus oils are photosensitive. Avoid sunlight on skin where you’ve applied lemon oil for about 12 hours after application. If irritation occurs, soothe with cool water and diluted lavender oil)

1) FLOOM. In a 10 ml roller, combine 5-10 drops each of frankincense, lemon, OnGuard, oregano, and melaleuca then fill to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Roll on spine and bottoms of feet 2-4 times daily for powerful immune support. This is one of my favorites if someone in the house is coming down with something, and I want to give myself a little “boost.”

2) Banish the sticky. Use a drop or two of lemon oil to get rid of all kinds of residue— sticker, grease, you name it.

3) Surface cleaner. In a glass spray bottle, combine 1 cup filtered or distilled water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, and 15 drops lemon essential oil for an easy, safe surface and room spray (I also love to spritz couches, etc, with this on the regular to deodorize them).

Internal Use

(Note Bene: We all consume essential oils when we eat fresh, aromatic foods (fresh herbs, citrus fruit, etc), and we can consume them already distilled as well. In fact, some of the most powerful benefits of essential oils can be harnessed by taking the oils internally! For your safety, I only recommend doing so with doTERRA’s CPTG certified oils and only with oils that have the “supplement facts” label on them (please remember that I am not a doctor, and you should proceed according to your comfort level and common sense and consider consulting your doctor. I am sharing here what I have found to be effective for me). )

1) TriEase. Take two drops each of lemon, lavender, and peppermint oils (in a veggie cap or shot of water) for an effective seasonal support blend.

2) Gentle detox. Add 1-2 drops to a glass or stainless steel water bottle to reduce inflammation and discomfort in your gut. This is a particular favorite of mine when I’ve eaten too much sugar and or salt and have that icky “overindulged” feeling. Also effective for respiratory support as lemon in the body helps “clear the crud” after seasonal or environmental respiratory issues.

3) Cleaning Produce. Admittedly, this is kind of the opposite of internal— but there are a LOT of things on fruits and veggies that you do not actually want to eat! To remove dirt, food wax, all the yucky things— fill a large bowl with cold water and add a couple of drops of lemon oil. Soak fruits and veggies for 5 minutes, swishing through the water to distribute oil. Rinse well.