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12 Lemon Essential Oil Uses for Dry Skin, Allergies, Liver Health, and More

12 Lemon Essential Oil Uses

I love my lemon oil! One of the most economical oils, it’s also very potent and provides some amazing health-supporting benefits. Here are a few different lemon essential oil uses that prove quite useful:

1. Dry, Cracked Skin or Calluses

Mix 3-5 drops of lemon oil per tablespoon of coconut oil and massage into cracked skin and calluses twice a day until they disappear.

2. Washcloths

Soak your washcloths overnight in a bowl of water and a drop of lemon oil to deodorize and disinfect.

3. Whiten Teeth

I use lemon oil in this mouthwash recipe and this oil pulling recipe to brighten my teeth.

4. Clean Countertops

Mix a few drops of lemon oil in 1/2 cup of water and spray down counter tops. The lemon oil deodorizes, disinfects and helps remove stains. If your counters need deep cleaning, make a paste with baking soda and water with a few drops of lemon oil to use as a deep cleaning scrub.

5. Sticky Residue

Use 1-2 drops of lemon oil on sticky residue left behind by labels or stickers. Soak for a few minutes and then gently scrub away with a soft toothbrush or baking soda.

6. Lemon Water for Liver Health

Lemon oil contains d-limonene, an antioxidant that promotes digestive health and facilitates detox through the liver. Add 1-2 drops of lemon in a small amount of honey. Stir together and then mix in a glass of chilled water or your favorite tea.

7. Varicose Veins

Lemon oil can be rubbed into varicose veins to relieve pressure and improve circulation.

8. Acne Marks

I use lemon oil in this homemade serum for acne scars and red marks — the lemon oil helps dark marks fade away.

9. Coughs and Congestion

For coughs and congestion, diffusing lemon oil into the air with an essential oil diffuser can relieve symptoms. Lemon oil is especially helpful for breaking up chest congestion. You can also dilute a few drops of lemon oil with a carrier oil and massage it into the neck and chest area.

10. Sore Throat

Hot tea with honey and a drop of lemon oil can help soothe a sore throat.

11. Allergies

To relieve allergy symptoms, use lemon oil in a diffuser, drink a glass of lemon water or tea (as described above), or gargle a mixture of water and one drop of lemon oil. You can combine lemon oil with peppermint and lavender to enhance the benefits.

12. Energy and Concentration

Lemon oil is very uplifting and provides a feeling of calm energy. It can improve concentration or focus. Diffuse nearby to boost positive feelings and concentration, or rub 2 drops into your palms and inhale deeply for a quick pick-me-up.

*Note: In this post, I talk about taking oils internally–I only recommend this with Young Living oils, since other oils may not be safe or pure enough to take internally.

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And THAT is why I love lemon essential oil! It’s one of the essential oils I reach for every single day.

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3 Responses to 12 Lemon Essential Oil Uses for Dry Skin, Allergies, Liver Health, and More

  1. Hello Elizabeth. Hubby and I are taking a long air flight soon and with recommendation for varicose veins, wondered if using a leg rub with this would be the thing to do before and/or during the flight? We do not have varicose veins and intend to wear pressure socks to prevent any DVTs but thought that keeping the VVs at bay would be a good plan. Any advice?

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