Explore your essential oils: Lemon - Naturally Blended

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Explore your essential oils: Lemon


Lemon is so bright and fresh. It’s my personal favorite for cleaning or brightening my mood. I enjoy it during the winter when the dreary days get to me! You can safely use up to 12 drops per OUNCE of carrier on your skin without concern of a phototoxic reaction. Alternatively you can use Steam Distilled Lemon which doesn’t have concerns of sun sensitivity.  Let’s check out the profile:

Plant Therapy Lemon Essential Oil DIY

Here are a few ways I use Lemon in my home

  1. Combine 1/2 cup baking soda with a tsp of dish soap and a tbsp of peroxide. Add 8 drops of Lemon, stir will to combine. Use this paste to shine your stainless steel sink or remove the labels from glass jars!
  2. Diffuse Lemon with Lavender for a refreshing, just-cleaned scent! It’s wonderful for your mood.

16 thoughts on “Explore your essential oils: Lemon”

  1. I use Baking soda and Dish soap to scrub just about everytyhing! it’s a great degreaser and stain remover! I’ll have to try the lemnon oil in this blend too. sounds great. would lime work just as well? I already have lots of lime

  2. Lemon is my go-to oil for so many things. I love its bright and cheery aroma and add it to most of my “happy” blends. I also love how easily it cleans “gunk” – whether its glue from hands or getting stickers off of glassware, or cleaning out my diffuser. I always have this oil on hand.

    1. Brittney, we do not recommend ingesting essential oils. Adding Lemon EO to your water and then drinking that water is like you are drinking undiluted drops of the essential oil. Since oil and water do not mix, the oil will simply be sitting on top of the water you drink, then absorb into your body at full strength. Please consider using lemon juice to flavor your water instead! If you would like to know more about our stance on ingesting essential oils, please read this wonderful article: https://blog.planttherapy.com/blog/2014/01/14/can-essential-oils-be-ingested/

  3. Lemon and Bergamot are my two favorites! I use Lemon and Tea Tree in my mopping solution and I’m planning on buying the Steam Distilled Lemon for a liquid hand soap I’ve been wanting to try. Does Steam Distilled Lemon have the same cleaning abilities as regular Lemon? How is the scent different?

    1. Katherine, Steam Distilled Lemon and Lemon have very similar qualities and can be used in the same way — Steam Distilled simply does not have the constituent that causes phototoxicity. I do not find that there is much of a difference in the way they smell, but others do. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of aromatherapists at [email protected] to learn if they smell a distinct difference! 🙂

  4. Hello Christina! I am not an aroma therapist, just a grateful essential oil user who looks forward to your emails. I always learn something helpful 🙂 I just had a question about today’s email. You mentioned being able to use 12 drops of citrus oil to one ounce of carrier without concern for phytotoxicty. Did you mean photo toxicity? If not, forgive my question and could you explain a little more what that’s about?

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