lemon essential oil profile

Lemon Essential Oil Profile

Don’t you love the smell of lemons? The aroma is so invigorating. I can’t get enough of this beautifully aromatic essential oil. I use it in my skincare products, cleaning solutions, and diffuse it in my home all the time.

Lemon essential oil promotes healing, physical energy, and health. Lemon essential oil is also generally regarded as safe (GRAS), so you can take it internally. Lemon blends really well with frankincense, lavender, and geranium. That’s actually a great diffuser blend! Let’s take a closer look at lemon essential oil

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.

lemon essential oil profile

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