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10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

10 uses for lemon essential oil for around your house and for your health! This popular essential oil can be used for so many things!Lemon Essential Oil

I have recently been introduced to the world of essential oils.  I love doing things more naturally without chemicals or pharmaceuticals if possible.  One of my favorites so far is Lemon Essential Oil. I find myself using it around the house for different things on a daily basis. Check out these great uses for lemon essential oil.

10 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Respiratory Ailments

The lemon essential oil can be used with a steam inhalation treatment for wheezing, colds, cough, and other upper respiratory problems.

**Note that this should not be used in those with asthma.

To take a steam inhalation treatment with lemon essential oil, fill a large bowl or pan with boiling hot water and a few drops of lemon essential oil. Place the afflicted person’s head over the bowl and then place a towel over the head and bowl, in a tent-like fashion so that no steam escapes. The person should take a few deep breaths, breathing the vapors in deeply for a couple of minutes. If at any time, the treatment causes you to feel uncomfortable, stop right away. As with any medical treatment, contact a licensed medical professional before starting any medical treatment.


Lemon is a natural disinfectant. A couple of drops of Lemon essential oil can be added to a spray bottle of water and sprayed into the air as a deodorizer, neutralizer, and air sterilizer. The same concoction can also be sprayed onto tables, countertops, and other surfaces.


The lemon essential oil can be used as a natural mouthwash. Add a couple of drops of oil to a 4 oz glass of water and gargle. The disinfectant properties are great for germs in the mouth and for neutralizing bad breath odors, as well.


For a quick, refreshing energy boost, combine a couple drops each of lemon essential oil and peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and drink. This will make a great mid-day pick me up;.

Insect Repellent

Bugs naturally don’t like the smell of lemon. So a few drops of lemon essential oils on your clothing will help deter insects. You can also add a few drops to a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply it right to your skin. Keep in mind that this can increase sun sensitivity.


Add a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of water. Drink the full glass. This is said to relieve heartburn symptoms by neutralizing the acid.

A Cough, Sore Throat, Fever

Adding a couple of drops of lemon essential oil to your glass of water can help soothe a sore throat, calm a cough, and quell a fever. Lemon oil fights against bacteria, as well as viruses. There aren’t many substances around that can do both.

Hair, Skin, and Nails

Lemon Oil can be used to fight against oily skin and hair. It also has cleansing properties and is often an ingredient in homemade hair products. Keep in mind that lemon is acidic and that using lemon in the hair and then going out in the sun can cause a lightening effect.  It can create some awesome highlights!  Lemon oil is also a great nourishment for the nails and can help fight against nail fungus.


Scientific studies have shown the anti-depressant qualities of essential oils, specifically lemon oil and lavender oil. In the study mentioned, the inhalation method, like the one mentioned above for respiratory ailments, was used. This just means that diffusing it gives you the best results.

Memory & Thought Clarity

Lemon essential oil, when used in combination with Rosemary may help increase memory, increase concentration, and provide more clarity of thought. To create this helpful blend, use 3 drops of rosemary, 3 drops of lemon oil. You can diffuse it with one of the methods mentioned on the AromaWeb website.

Where to Buy Essential Oil

You can actually buy the Lemon Essential Oil and others right on Amazon.

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