Alternative Medicine, Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Back to Basics – Lemon

After talking about the basics of essential oils, I wanted to go into a little more depth into some of the most commonly used oils – what they’re for, how to use them, and a challenge for you to try!  Keep your eye out here for the Back to Basics posts over the next few weeks!

Also, be sure to read the Essential Oils 101 post to learn the basics about essential oils.

I hope these challenges will help you get creative in using your oils! Plus, I love seeing new ideas for using oils, so I’d love to hear from you and how you use your oils. Be sure to follow along here and on Instagram!

Up first! Lemon!


Lemon essential oil is one of the most versatile essential oils and is a great oil to start with when learning about essential oils. Many have heard of the cleaning power of orange oil, and lemon oil is much the same. Lemon purifies the air and surfaces and can be used a non-toxic cleaner all around the home. But my favorite use for Lemon essential oil is diffused into the air. The fresh, clean scent is uplifting and energizing, and it can improve mood.

Here’s a couple of ways you can use Lemon oil:

  • Add Lemon oil to a spray bottle with water to clean countertops in your kitchen and bathroom
  • Use a cloth with a couple drops of Lemon oil and a little olive oil as a furniture polish to clean and protect wood finishes
  • Use a cloth with a couple drops of Lemon oil to help remove light tarnish on silver
  • Diffuse Lemon oil to create an uplifting environment
  • Add a drop of Lemon essential oil to a warm cup of water in the morning to support your digestive system*

As explained in Essential Oils 101, less is more when it comes to using Lemon oil. You only need three or four drops in your diffuser, or one drop in your cup of water. Lemon is not recommended for use topically as citrus oils are photosensitive and can cause reactions on your skin. For more information, read doTERRA’s statement on using oils in the summer, as well as their statement about oil photosensitivity. If you do use a citrus oil topically, avoid exposing your skin to sunlight for 8-12 hours.

On to the challenge – How many of you have stainless steel appliances in your kitchen?  I have a stainless steel dishwasher and it is always so smudged. Lemon oil is a great cleaner for stainless steel and helps it shine!

I challenge you to try out the Lemon oil use to help renew your stainless steel appliances. Put a little lemon oil on a damp paper towel and wipe it down. If you try it, tell me about it! Take a photo and tag me Instagram and use the hashtag #lovingessentialoils so I can follow along.



If you are interested in learning more about essential oils and doTERRA, reach out to me at or leave a comment here!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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