Lemon Oil Overview

EO Profile: Lemon

Botanical name: Citrus Limonum
Botanical family: Rutaceae

Common method of extraction: distilled & cold pressed (with cold pressed being superior to distilled)
Plant part typically used: Peel

Oil color: Clear, pale yellow to deep yellow
Oil consistency: Thin
Perfumery note: Top
Strength of initial aroma: Strong
Aromatic description: Citrus, fresh, fruity, lemony, sweet
Shelf life: 2 years

Therapeutic Properties: Analgesic/Pain Relief, antibacterial, antidepressant, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent (shrinks pores and removes oils), cooling
Possible Uses: Athlete’s Foot, colds, corns, dull skin, flu, oily skin, varicose veins, warts, supports immune, stimulates lymphatic, expels worms, anti-tumor
Emotional Uses: Depression, emotional tension, happiness, positive energy
Method of Expulsion from the body: Liver & blood

Major Constituents: Limonene, B-Pinene, y-Terpinol, x-pinene, geranial, etc
Chemical Family: Monoterpenes
Blends well with: Cedarwood, lavender, clary sage, citrus, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, eucalyptus, fir needle, pine, tea tree, clove, frankincense, ginger, myrrh, vetiver

Fun Facts: 3000 lemons to make 2.2 lbs of oil. Lemons are harvested green in order to produce a higher quality oil.

Safety info: Essential Oil Safety recommends max dermal dilution of 2% for adults.
Pregnancy and Labor? Yes.
Breastfeeding? Yes.
Infants under 2? No.
Children 2-6? Yes.
Pets: Dogs? Yes. Cats? No.
Phototoxic? Yes. (don’t go out in the sun with lemon oil on your skin)
Internal? Yes, but with guidance from aromatherapist trained in internal usage.

Sources for info: Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, pp 330-331; Heart of Aromatherapy by Andrea Butje, pp 74-75; Liberty Natural MSDS report on the internet, citing Sylla Shepherd-Hanger; Mountain Rose Herbs (fun fact); and other various trusted sources.


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