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.

The doTERRA Loyalty Rewards Program is AMAZING

For the curious but not yet committed essential oil user, it’s important to understand why joining doTERRA is exciting (helloooo wholesale pricing and LRP!), but what is it that makes the Loyalty Rewards Program such a compelling membership benefit? Step this way, my dear….

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The doTERRA Loyalty Rewards Program with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

If you’re reading this, you are probably either a) checking out doTERRA as a company or b) are already a member and looking to better understand and get the most out of your benefits. Either way, congratulations!

Let’s take a closer look at what the doTERRA Loyalty Rewards Program (The LRP) is, how it works, and why it should be your favorite thing ever!

What is the LRP?

The Loyalty Rewards Program is a monthly wellness box that makes it easy to pursue your health goals, and it is doTERRAs way of celebrating dedicated customers.

It is:
-fully customizable each month
-comes right to your door
-not just for oils but also for personal care, home care, and supplements
-the most affordable way to buy doTERRA essential oils and other products

It is not required as part of your membership
That’s super important! The LRP is optional. However, my goal with this post is to show you 1) how amazing the LRP is for saving money and reaching wellness goals and 2) how you can make the most of it so that by the end you say, “Of COURSE I must be on the LRP!”

How the LRP Works

There are a few key things to know about the LRP:

-You can change what’s in the box every single month. In fact, after your LRP processes this month, go ahead and update it for next month. If you don’t edit your LRP template in between orders, you’ll get the same thing every month.
-The longer you participate in the LRP program, the more points you can earn from your order (up to 30%)
-Commissions and bonuses referenced in the LRP structure are available to those who are Wellness Advocates and choose to enroll more members
-In addition to earning points back from your order, orders placed online earn 100% of shipping back in points
-For oils, approximately $1=1PV. The ratio varies a bit from product to product.

The doTERRA Loyalty Rewards Program with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

In short, between earning free products and earning loyalty points you can redeem for product, participating is the most affordable way to use oils and other doTERRA products in your home.

(You can read a bit more about the program on doTERRA’s site here)

What should I order in my LRP?

The most common question I hear from doTERRA members is, “What should I order each month in order to get enough points??” I used to wonder this, but, as we’ve incorporated more and more doTERRA products into our lives, I usually have the opposite problem now. LOL. Here are some of my favorite doTERRA offerings and how often I order them:

The doTERRA Loyalty Rewards Program with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Every month:

  • Lifelong Vitality Pack (x2)- 60 PV each

  • TriEase (x2)- 20 PV each

  • PB Assist- 34.5PV

  • OnGuard Softgels- 22.5 PV

  • OnGuard Oil- 34 PV

  • Lemon Oil- 11 PV

  • 1 or 2 Emotional Aromatherapy Touch Rollers (whatever I’ve run out of that month)- 13-27.25 PV

Every other month:

  • Peppermint Oil- 22 PV

  • Lavender Oil- 23 PV

  • TerraZyme- 37.5 PV

  • OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate- 14.5 PV

  • OnGuard Toothpaste- 5 PV

  • Salon Essentials Shampoo & Conditioner- 23 PV

  • DeepBlue Rub- 30 PV

  • Correct X- 10 PV

  • 1-2 other Touch rollers


  • Miscellaneous oils (ones I’ve run out of or want to try)

  • OnGuard Protecting Throat Drops- 10 PV

  • OnGuard Foaming Hand Wash- 18.5 PV

  • Slim & Sassy Metabolic Gum- 5PV

What might surprise you is that most of my order is made up of products that are NOT oils. In fact, because I order regularly and have substituted necessary household products (soaps, toothpastes, vitamins, etc) for doTERRA products, even though I’m not yet at the 30% point accrual, I already get almost all of my oils for free.

In other words, by taking dollars I was going to spend anyway on personal and household care items, and using them to buy doTERRA, I’ve both increased the quality and safety of the products we’re using and earned most of my oils for free.

That, my dears, is a deal!!

How do I get started??

That’s the spirit!

If you are already a doTERRA member and DO NOT yet have an LRP set up, log in to your account and click the “products” tab. You’ll see a purple button called “Create a New Loyalty Rewards Order.” Click that, and start adding products to your cart. Be sure to select a process date and save your order before you exit.

If you are already a doTERRA member and DO have an LRP set up, click here to see how to edit your order.

If you are not yet a doTERRA member, I’d love to help you get started! You can reach out to me at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)com and/ or click the button below to watch a video about the top 10 oils that every home needs (and how to get them!):

How Do I Get Started with Essential Oils?

There is so much to learn and know about essential oils that simply getting started can feel like too much. Let me help you with these first steps so that you can get your feet wet and begin enjoying the benefit of doTERRA essential oils.

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Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Can I say what everyone here is thinking?

“Getting started with essential oils is super overwhelming!!”

There. Feel better? I just thought we should acknowledge the elephant in the room. Now, why on earth do I think that you, already a super busy person, should take the time to get started anyway?

Because there is no better time than NOW to become the advocate of your own wellness
To learn how the systems of your body work
To invest in YOU and invest in becoming the happiest, healthiest, fittest YOU that you possibly can
So that you can get back to living life and doing all the other things but as someone empowered to take care of her (or his) own needs and to make informed decisions about your health

For example, for years and years I said things like, “I’m really bad at sleeping.” “Oh, I guess I just don’t need that much sleep.” and, in my more arrogant adolescent moments, “Sleep is for the weak.” (insert huge eye roll here). Since learning more about my body systems and essential oils, I found that I actually can support my body to be really awesome at restful sleep through high quality supplements (the Lifelong Vitality Pack) and diffusing CPTG essential oils (I have many night time favorites, so that will have to wait for another post). What ever the THING is that you’ve just resigned yourself to enduring, maybe just start there to see if you can begin using oils to support your way back to health. Maybe you’re just going to learn how to use oils one challenge at a time, or maybe you want to go all in and pursue a radically less toxic, more natural, more supported lifestyle. Either way, getting started with essential oils is really just three simple steps:

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Step 1: Have an Introduction

There are lots of ways to “meet” your first doTERRA essential oils. Maybe you see a post on social media or watch/ attend an Essential Oils 101 class or are offered some samples by me or a friend. If you haven’t had an introduction yet, here are a few resources:

If you have had an introduction to doTERRA essential oils, but you have questions before continuing to Step 2, email me at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Step 2: Enroll as a doTERRA Member and Join the Loyalty Rewards Program (LRP)

Yes, you really do want to join. No, it is not scary. Why you should join:

  • Save 25% off retail price

  • Be eligible to participate in the Loyalty Rewards Program (which is code for GET FREE PRODUCTS)

  • Have access to me as your wellness guide (remember, you’re going to be your own advocate. This is all about empowering you— but I know everyone needs a cheerleader and having a guide to learn from and facilitate community is a lot of fun!)

  • Have the option to join the business and empower others to discover and use doTERRA too!

And, in case you’re wondering, no, you are not obligated to order monthly, and, no, you are not required to do the business. My priority is getting YOU to experience the joy and results of using the oils and other products regularly.

How to join doTERRA:

  1. Click here or go to

  2. Click “Join and Save”

  3. Select your language and country of residence

  4. Choose “wholesale customer” (oils just for you) or “wellness advocate” (interested in the business). Not sure yet? Start as a wholesale customer— you can become an advocate later

  5. Fill in your personal information

  6. Where it says “enroller id,” make sure you see my number 5246186 then click “verify” to see my name, HollyAnne Knight, appear

  7. Choose an enrollment kit (which waives the membership fee) OR choose the $35 membership fee only

  8. Select any single oils or products to add to your order

    I highly recommend adding a bottle of fractionated coconut oil (FCO) so you are ready to mix and dilute oils to use topically (on your skin.

    While I love to recommend the Home Essentials Kit + FCO as a great starting place, I recognize that may be too much of an investment for some folks just to get started. If you want to try doTERRA on a budget, I recommend joining as a member and ordering the Introductory Kit (lemon, lavender, peppermint) + FCO. In fact, here’s an idea of all the things you can do with just these three oils.

  9. Enter payment info and place order

  10. Happy dance because you just made an AMAZING choice for your health!

BONUS STEP: Joining the LRP

You can join the Loyalty Rewards Program during your enrollment process or from the “Products” page after you join. The LRP gives you a percentage of each order back in points to use for free product (up to 30% of your order), makes you eligible for the FREE Product of the Month, and, most importantly, if the easiest way to stay intentional about your wellness with a monthly, customized subscription box arriving at your door (and you can change what’s in it every single month— that’s the fun part!)

(If you feel like you have more questions than answers about the LRP, check out this post from doTERRA and/ or send me an email at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)com )

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story

Step 3: Use Your Oils (with friends whenever possible)

The day comes— your first purple doTERRA box arrives at your door! Now what??

“Now what??” is a common question, that’s why I have a private Facebook group called the Essential Oil Rockstars where I offer continuing education and tips. When you enroll in doTERRA through me, I’ll invite you to the group so that you can start connecting with other oil users and get ideas about the best ways to jump in with your new oils. I’d also love to hope on a phone or Zoom call with you to answer your specific questions. My goal is to help you see how oils fit into your day to day life and routines to support your wellness!

Still have questions? I’d love to hear from you! Email me at stringandstory(at)gmail(dot)com

Getting Started with doTERRA Essential Oils with HollyAnne Knight of String & Story