Lemon Essential Oil

lemonLatin name Citrus limonum / Citrus limon – Family Rutaceae

Lemon oil is reputed to be an extremely useful and versatile oil, much like its close relative lime essential oil to which it shares many of the same uses in aromatherapy application. Most find Lemon essential oil, with its citrusy scent, to be wonderfully energizing and refreshing. There is a terpeneless oil, referred to as cedro oil, which is produced as well and preferred in aromatherapy.

According to Aromatherapy (Complementary Health) by Vivan Lunny M.D., “Lemon is an air antiseptic” and “Essential oil of Lemon is beneficial in blends for anxiety, concentration, and insomnia. It relieves stress and tension.” She also includes Lemon essential oil under oils good for oily or overactive skin, stating that Lemon essential oil “may balance the production of sebum while having an anti-infectious effect.”

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Pale greenish-yellow (browns with age)
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Clean, light, citrusy, fresh
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Parts Used – Rind of fruit
Countries of Origin – United States (California, Florida), Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Sicily, Cyprus, Guinea, Israel, Spain, Portugal
Extraction Method – Cold expression

Known Chemical Constituents

d limonene, citral, gamma terpinene, pinenes, sabinene, myrcene, linalol, geraniol, octanol, nonanol, bergamotene, phellandrene, citronellal, citroptene

Uses of Lemon Oil

As well as being used in aromatherapy, Lemon essential oil is used as a fragrance in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, soaps, detergents, toilet waters, perfumes, eau de colognes. Lemon is also used to commercially flavor foods and beverages.

Lemon blends well with

  • bay
  • benzoin
  • bergamot
  • black pepper
  • cedarwood
  • cinnamon
  • clary sage
  • clove bud
  • cypress
  • eucalyptus citriodora
  • eucalyptus dives
  • eucalyptus globulus
  • eucalyptus radiata
  • frankincense
  • fennel
  • geranium
  • german chamomile
  • grapefruit
  • juniper
  • labdanum
  • lavandin
  • lavender
  • lemongrass
  • lime
  • mandarin
  • neroli
  • oakmoss
  • palmarosa
  • patchouli
  • peppermint
  • pine
  • ravensara
  • roman chamomile
  • rosemary
  • rose maroc
  • rose otto
  • sandalwood
  • sweet marjoram
  • sweet orange
  • tea tree
  • thyme
  • vetiver
  • ylang ylang

Recipes and Ideas

Carpet Deodorizer
Citrus Vanilla Dream Simmering Potpourri
Foot Baths and Soaks
Fragrant Dishwashing Liquid
Massage Oil Blends with Essential Oils
Refreshing Foot Powder Recipe
Soft Scrub for Tile and Tub

Special Precautions*

Sources say to use Lemon only in moderation and on skin only if properly diluted.
Can cause irritation to sensitive skin (terpene oil).
Lemon (terpene oil) is phototoxic.
Lemon oil, as with all citrus oils, has a six month shelf life.
* See Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See References and Resources page.

Articles and Studies Involving Lemon Essential Oil

Aromatherapy Falls Short, Study Finds

Lemon oil shown to enhance mood, but effects on wounds, pain relief, and immune status unproven.

By Amanda Gardner – HealthDay Reporter – Published at washingtonpost.com.

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