Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil should be in everyone’s essential oil medicine cabinet. It has a wealth of medicinal, cosmetic, and emotional uses. I love diffusing lemon essential oil in my kitchen. It cleanses the air and makes my home smell so fresh and clean. I also use it in one of my best-selling scrubs, Glow Face & Body Scrub. Lemon that was obtained by being cold-pressed is phototoxic, which means it could cause damage to your skin if you apply lemon essential oil, then go out in the sun (UV rays), so it’s best to use lemon essential oil at night. My mother in law uses lemon essential oil in a lot of her recipes to add flavor. This oil is versatile and definitely one to have on hand at all times.

What’s your favorite use of lemon essential oil? Please share with us below.

Medicinal Uses
  • anticancer
  • antidepressant
  • antiseptic
  • antifungal
  • antioxidant
  • antiviral
  • astringent
  • anemia
  • asthma
  • cold
  • fever
  • germicide
  • gout
  • heartburn
  • intestinal parasites
  • red blood cell formation
  • throat infection
  • varicose veins
Cosmetic Uses
  • cellulite
  • acne
  • nails (strengthening and hardening)
  • great for oily hair and complexions
  • treats bruises
  • insect bites
  • warts
  • skin infections
Emotional Uses
  • purification
  • clarity of thought
  • energy
  • memory improvement
  • anxiety
  • increases sense of humor and well-being
  • antidepressive
Lemon Essential Oil Profile

Botanical Name – Citrus limon
Botanical Family – Rutaceae (citrus)
Plant Origin – California, Italy
Cosmetic Use – Used to lighten skin pigmentation problems, oily hair and skin, cellulite
Skin Types – Suitable for all skin types. Can be photosensitizing – best to apply at night.
Aromatic & Emotional Effects – Helps with anxiety, energy, memory improvement.
Medical Properties – Anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral
Key Constituents – d-limonene, citral, citronellal, neral, geranial, heptanal, bergaptole

Chemical Analysis

Monoterpenes 70-90%

  • d-limonene 55-75%
  • b-pinene 7-16%
  • a-pinene 6-14%

Aldehydes 4-12%

  • citral 1-3%
  • citronellal 1-2%
  • neral 1-2%
  • geranial 1-2%

Alcohols 2-5%

  • decanol 0-1%
  • hexanol 0-1%
  • linalol 0-1%

Esters 2-5%

  • geranyl acetate 1-2%
  • neryl acetate 1-2%
  • methy anthranilate 0-1%

Higley, C. & A. (2010).Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils. Twelfth Edition. Abundant Health: Spanish Fork, Utah.

Keville, K. (2009). Aromatherapy. Crossing Press. Berkeley, CA.

Stewart, D. (2010).  The Chemistry of Essential Oils.  Care Publications: Marble Hill, MO.


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