lemon essential oil doterra


Citrus limon


Extraction method

Cold pressed / expressed from lemon rinds (peel)

Aromatic description

Clean, fresh, citrus, bright

Main chemical components

Limonene, β-pinene, γ-terpinene



Lemon oil is indeed one of the most “essential” oils to have on hand. It can used for so many purposes, from a natural teeth whitener to household cleaner, laundry freshener, mood booster and nausea reliever.

For centuries, lemon has been used to fight food poisoning, malaria, typhoid epidemics, and scurvy.


Anticancer, Antidepressant, Antiseptic, Antifungal, Antioxidant, Antiviral, Astringent, Invigorating, Refreshing, and Tonic

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Uses & Benefits

Relieves Nausea

    • Using lemon oil aromatically is an effective remedy for morning sickness. It may be used by pregnant women too, single or combined with peppermint essential oil.
    • Diffuse 5 drops at home or work, or combine 2-3 drops with a half-teaspoon of coconut oil and apply topically to your temples, chest and back of neck.

Improves Digestion

    • Lemon essential oil helps soothe digestive problems, including issues like gastritis and constipation
    • It reduces the erosion of gastric mucosa and works as a gastro-protective agent against stomach legions.
    • Add 1–2 drops of lemon essential oil to a glass of cool water or warm water with honey and drink it twice daily

Nourishes Skin

    • Reduces skin cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals. This is due to lemon oil’s strong antioxidant activity and anti-aging effects.
    • Many studies indicate that lemon essential oil is effective against skin issues like blisters, insect bites, greasy and oily conditions, cuts, wounds, cellulite, rosacea, and viral infections of the skin like cold sores and warts.

Promote Weight Loss

    • D-limonene, the main chemical component of lemon oil, help support the metabolism and cleanse the lymphatic glands. This can help with weight loss.
    • Add 2 drops of lemon oil to a glass of water and drink 2-3 times daily to support metabolism and promote detoxification

Helps Purify the Body

    • promotes detoxification through the blood and liver
    • stimulates lymphatic drainage and that is why it helps the body cleanse itself of wastes and toxins
    • some studies show that a combination of lemon and ginger oil has the highest antioxidant effect on the liver and brain

Boosts Oral Health

    • Natural remedy for many oral conditions, including oral thrush and bad breath because of proven antibacterial and antifungal properties

Relieves Cough & Boost Immune System

    • Helps boost immune system and fight respiratory conditions. It also serves as one of the top essential oils for allergies.
    • Mix 2-3 drops of lemon oil with half teaspoon of coconut oil and rub the mixture into the neck or just diffuse it
    • Inhale directly drom the bottle or mix with coconut oil and apply it on the chest and nose to eliminate mucus and relieve congestion

Antimicrobial Agent

    • Use it to clean your home of harmful pathogens, like bacteria, fungi and others! In that way you free your home from dangerous chemicals fount in conventional cleaning products.
    • Lemon oil help protect our food system, because it inhibits the growth of bacteria as well as stops the development of Listeria, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli.

May Work as Anti-Tumor Agent

    • Some animal studies show that lemon essential oil has anti-tumor and chemotherapeutic effects. When ingested, there was a significant regression of breast cancer.

Natural disinfectant

    • Mix 40 drops of lemon oil with 20 drops of tea tree oil and water in a spray bottle to clean surfaces. Use it in kitchen and bathroom to kill bacteria.

Other uses

    • Remove bad laundry smell – add a few drops before drying clothes
    • Wood & Silver Polish Put 10 drops of lemon oil on a moistened cloth to renew the silver pieces and wood furniture
    • Un-stick the labels and stickers using a damp washcloth and 3-4 lemon oil drops

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Risks & Side Effects

  • Avoid direct sunlight up to 12 hours after using lemon oil on your skin because it can cause photosensitivity when used topically.
  • Lemon essential oil can cause skin irritations in some people, so do a “skin test” before using it topically just to be sure that you won’t have an adverse reaction. It is best to dilute it with a carrier oil, especially when it is used on sensitive areas.


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