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5 Benefits of Lemon Essential Oil (+ How to Use It)

May 2, 2018


The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and Mother's Day is just around the corner! To match this sunny mood that we're in, we wanted to share a particularly bright and cheerful oil with you today! All it takes is one sniff of lemon to instantly lift your spirits, and we just can't get enough of it.


Keep reading for five awesome benefits of lemon essential oil and how to use it! 


(And stick around until the end to see how you can win one of our free diffuser necklaces!)



Many of us in the wellness community are familiar with the benefits of drinking lemon water first thing in the morning- it's a fantastic way to detox and cleanse the entire body! But did you know that you can substitute lemons with lemon oil? It's full of vitamins, helps to cleanse your body, supports a healthy metabolism, and has high levels of d-limonene, a powerful cancer fighting antioxidant!


How to use it: Add 1-2 drops into a glass of water for a refreshing and rejuvenating drink. Note that not all oils are safe for ingestion- you should always be using high quality oils, like the ones we carry, regardless of their use but it's especially important if you plan to ingest them. We love sipping on lemon water or other oil infused water through our glass straws. No oily residue on our lips and no plastic polluting the earth with disposable straws.


Natural Cleaner

Lemon oil is believed to be the most powerful antimicrobial agent of all essential oils- that coupled with its anti bacterial properties make it an amazing natural cleaner. And it smells so good- nothing says clean quite like that lemony fresh scent!


How to use it: Add a few drops of lemon oil into your homemade or store bought cleaners. To make a simple cleaning spray, combine 1/2 cup of distilled water, 1/2 cup of white vinegar, and 20 drops of lemon oil into a spray bottle. Shake gently to combine and use as an all purpose cleaner.


It's also great at removing both grease and gum- rub a few drops of oil into either substance and it will help to lift it away. This is our secret weapon on stubborn price stickers.


Mood Booster

Lemon oil is amazing for improving your mood because it is both invigorating and relaxing. Use it throughout the day to destress, lift your spirits, raise your energy, and create a cheerful atmosphere. It's considered by many to be one of the best oils for reducing stress.


How to use it: Place a few drops of the oil into a diffuser or necklace diffuser. You can also make a room spray by combining 3/4 cup distilled water, 1/4 cup of vodka, and 20 drops of lemon oil into a spray bottle.


Teeth Whitener

If you're looking to whiten your teeth but aren't interested in the harsh whitening kits you can buy these days (we don't blame you!), give lemon oil a try. It's been shown to help lift stains and whiten teeth. While citrus is known to be hard on tooth enamal, research has shown that citrus oils are much gentler on the enamal than citrus juices (another great reason to swap lemon juice for lemon oil in your morning water!). 


How to use it: Add 1 drop of lemon oil onto your toothpaste once a day and brush as normal. As an added bonus, the oil will help to kill off bad bacteria and maintain good oral health.


Skin Toner

Lemon is the perfect oil for oily skin because it acts as a toner to help regulate sebum production and shrink pore size.


How to use it: Make your own toner by combining 1/2 cup distilled water, 1/2 cup witch hazel, and 10 drops of lemon oil. Spritz onto your face in the evening. Avoid applying in the morning if you'll be going out in direct sunlight that day because lemon is a photosensitive oil, meaning it can cause a negative reaction to your skin (like rash and blistering) when exposed to sunlight.


You can also add 1-2 drops of the oil to a face mask.


What are your favorite ways to use lemon oil? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below! For more on the amazing power of oils, check out our page here!


What brought you to a natural lifestyle?  Share your story with us for a chance to win a free diffuser necklace by emailing us at or using #mylemoncrate on Instagram!  We'll be reading all of your stories and giving away 1 necklace every week. :)


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. 
My Lemon Crate recipes are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.​​



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