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Oil Profile - Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil - Citrus Limonum

Botanical Name: Citrus limonum 
Countries of production: Italy, USA, Mediterranean, Spain & Portugal
Processed: Cold pressed
Part used: Peel
Smell: light uplifting and refreshing citrus scent
Color: pale yellow or greenish yellow
Note: Top note
Shelf Life: up to 24 months if properly stored, but is better when used within and less than 18 months.

Blends with:  Citrus oils, cedarwood, cinnamon, geranium, eucalyptus, fennel, juniper, lavender, neroli, pine, sandalwood, ylang ylang, and rose.  Actually, lemon essential oil blends well with many oils, so be adventurous and try different combinations.

Some Uses:  acne, brittle nails, slow circulation, herpes, indigestion, infection, influenza, liver - congestion, mouth ulcers, sore throat, varicose veins, and warts

Properties: antimicrobial, antiseptic, antitoxic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, insecticidal, stimulates white blood cells, tonic, and vermifuge

Blends with: lavender, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood, frankincense, chamomile, fennel, geranium, eucalyptus, juniper and other citrus oils

Caution: this is essential oil has a moderate phototoxic risk.  Do not use on skin that will be exposed to sunlight or tanning beds within 12-18 hours of application to the skin.   As with other citrus essential oils, the shelf life is about 1 year.  Discard for therapeutic use after one year.  Can still be used for scenting, just not skin applications.

Properties and Uses:

Traditional & Therapeutic actions: anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-toxic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge, insecticidal, stimulant

Skin care: acne, insect bites, boils, warts, help with circulation, oily skin, shines hair

Muscles and Joints: arthritis, rheumatism

Respiratory: asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis

Digestive:  dyspepsia, candida, sore throats, tonsillitis

Nervous: stimulant to brain, aids in concentration and clear thoughts, calming, relieves nervous tension,

Industry & Household uses: scenting used in air fresheners, in soaps, detergents, cosmetics, perfumes, flavoring in soft drinks and alcoholic beverages

Cautions:  Considered moderately phototoxic oil therefore, caution should be used before going in the sun.  In fact, avoid using on the skin for several hours before sun or UV exposure.

Use in moderation if applied to skin.  Sensitivities have been reported with excess use when applied to the skin or mucous membranes.

*Any essential oils - ingested in large amounts can be fatal *
*Keep out of reach of children*


RECIPES using LEMON Essential oil

Remove the Burnt Odors (including those from Smoking)

Cedarwood – 10 drops
Lavender – 8 drops
Lime – 8 drops
Lemon – 6 drops
Orange – 6 drops
Emulsifier – 2 ml (may need more)
Distilled water  – 8 oz

Blend the essential oils together, add to the emulsifier. Blend until the essential oils stay mixed with emulsifier (add more emulsifier if needed) then add to the distilled water. Shake well and spray the air and other surfaces to help eliminate the smell of something burnt.

Some folks like to sweeten the air and not make it so citrus smelling. IF you prefer you can experiment a little and substitute Fennel for the Lemon and Orange and add a little of Vanilla absolute (or vanilla flavoring if that is all you have).  You’ll need to keep the Cedarwood, Lavender and Lime the same, as they are the real odor eliminators in the above blend!

When your System has been on Overload!

Sandalwood – 10 drops
Clove bud – 5 drops
Nutmeg – 3 drops
Lemon -1 drop

Blend well and use in a Personal area diffuser such as a Terra Cotta Disc. On the other hand, put in a Personal inhaler and take a ‘whiff’ as needed. Do remember to get up, stretch, and take a break from that computer terminal occasionally

FOR Your BATH - Refreshing bath oil

4 drops Spruce
4 drops Geranium
4 drops Spearmint
2 drops Juniper
2 drops Lemon
1 teaspoon carrier oil

Mix well and add to a tub of very warm water and RELAX!!

Kitchen Cleaner & Sanitizer

Lemon - 50 drops
Grapefruit - 40 drops
Lime - 40 drops
Tea Tree - 20 drops
Emulsifier such as Polysorbate 20 – 1 tablespoon
All Purpose Cleaner Base - 4 oz

Place essential oils in a bottle add the emulsifier until well blended. Then add the Cleaner base. Use a HDPE plastic Trigger spray bottle. Shake well before and during use. Wipe the surfaces dry with a clean soft cloth.

Do not let this or any essential oil blended solutions sit or pool on finished surfaces as they can damage painted or varnished surfaces.


Special Wart Blend

Lemon - 12 drops
Tea Tree - 4 drops
Bergamot FCF - 4 drops
Thyme - 4 drop
Cypress - 3 drop
Jojoba 1 tablespoon

Blend in an amber bottle. Then apply only ONE drop ONCE a day to the wart. Use up to 2 weeks.  May be covered with a self-adhesive bandage.

To use on children over 5 years or the elderly - mix the above in 2 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and apply one drop once a day.

If no improvement, discontinue and see your doctor.

Special note: Warts appearing in the genital area or on the face need to be treated by a physician.  Do not use this recipe near mucous membranes!

FOR YOUR SPRAYER - an Light Wonderful Air Freshener

15 drops Lavender
10 drops Orange
10 drops Lemon
10 drops Grapefruit
6 drops Lime
3 drops Nutmeg
2 ounces distilled water
2 ounces Alcohol (Vodka or Grain 150 proof) OR omit the water and Alcohol and use 4 oz of Room Spray Base

Blend all the essential oils in a spray bottle, add the alcohol and then the distilled water - OR use the Room Spray base. Shake well and spray.

This is an excellent air freshener for pet odors.

We personally use this blend in our home. It really is great when mildew develops from high humidity days.


The information provided on this Website is for informational and educational purposes only.
You should not use this information to replace medical advice given by a licensed medical practitioner. Anyone considering alternative therapies should remember to consult with their licensed medical professional before using any alternative or complementary method.  We do not give nor is any opinion on our web site medical advice, they are merely suggested uses.


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