Essential Oil: Lemon Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus limon

Common Method Of Extraction: Cold pressed

Parts Used: Fruit peel

Note Classification: Top

Aroma: Clean, sugary citrus, slightly sour

Largest Producing Countries: Italy and USA

Traditional Use: All parts of the lemon have used around the house and medicinally. The oil has been used around the house as a cleaning agent, and medicinally it has a history of stimulating the digestive system.

Properties: Antibacterial, antidepressant, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, hepatic, hypotensive, laxative, sedative, vermifuge

Benefits: Acne, anemia, arthritis, asthma, candida, chilblains, colds, constipation, depression, detoxification, digestion, fever, general fatigue, herpes, indigestion, infections, insect bites, liver congestion, mouth ulcers, oily skin, rheumatism, slow circulation, sore throat, varicose veins, warts, wounds, wrinkles. Lemon has many applications in the bathroom. It may be used as a disinfectant to clean surfaces, blended into a mouthwash for its antibacterial properties, or blended into an air freshener.

Blends Well With: Benzoin, chamomile, cistus, elemi, eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, juniper, lavender, neroli, oakmoss, rose, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Of Interest: Lemons are harvested while they are still green to yield a higher quality oil.  It takes over 3,000 lemons to produce 1 kilo (2.2 lbs) of expressed oil.

Safety Data: May cause skin irritation. Phototoxic.


  • Stress: Lemon oil is calming in nature and therefore helps  in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, dizzinessanxiety,  nervousness and nervous tension. It has to ability to refresh the mind by  creating a positive mind-frame and removing negative emotions. It is also  believed that inhaling lemon oil helps in increasing concentration and  alertness. It can therefore be used as a room freshener in offices to increase  the efficiency of the employees.









  • Insomnia: Usage of lemon oil ensures good sleep and helps  those suffering from insomnia.
  • Immune System: Lemon oil has high vitamin content and  therefore it helps in increasing the immunity of the body. It further stimulated  White Blood Cells and thus increases your ability to fight diseases. Lemon oil  also improves the circulation in the body.
  • Fever: Lemon oil is effective against infectious diseases  such as fever, malaria and typhoid.
  • Stomach Disorders: Since lemon oil is carminative, it is  used in treating various stomach problems including indigestion, acidity,  stomach upsets, cramps, etc.
  • Weight Loss: Lemon juice is very helpful in reducingweight.
  • Asthma: It is believed that lemon is also useful for  treating asthma.
  • Hair Care: Lemon oil is also effective as a hair tonic.  Many people use lemon oil to get strong, healthy and shinning hair. Lemon oil is  also used for removing dandruff from head.
  • Skin Care: Lemon oil is a good remedy for the increasing  the luster of dull skin. It is astringent and detoxifying in nature, and  rejuvenates dull skin. Its antiseptic properties help in treating pimples and  various skin disorders. Lemon is also recommended for oily skin.


Other benefits of lemon include the following:


  • Cleaners:  Lemon is a good cleaner; therefore it is used for cleansing the body,  metal surfaces, etc. It is also a disinfectant and hence it is used for cleaning  surfaces such as butcher’s knife and block that can get contaminated easily.
  • Soaps and Cosmetics: Lemon juice and lemon essential  oil is used in soaps, face wash and many personal  care and skin care cosmetics due to its antiseptic nature.
  • Perfumes: Lemon oil has a distinct refreshing aroma which  makes it a good ingredient for perfumes. Many scented candles contain lemon oil.  It is also uused in potpourris.
  • Drinks: Lemon oil is used in various artificial drinks  concentrates to give them the taste of lemon juice.


Lemon oil blends well with many other essential  oils including lavender  essential oil, rose  oil, neroli  essential oil, sandalwood  oil, geranium  essential oil, ylang  ylang essential oil, tea  tree essential oil, etc.


Information Source: Mountain Rose Herbs; Organic Facts

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