Lemon Essential Oil

Citrus limonum

Family: Rutaceae

Typical Chemical Composition: a-pinene (1.8 – 3.6%); camphene 0 – 0.1%); B-pinene (6.1 – 15.0%); sabinene 1.5 – 4.6%); myrcene (1.0 – 2.1%); a-terpinene (0 – 0.5%); linalool (0 – 0.9%); B-bisabolene (0.56%); limonene 62.1 – 74.5%); trans-a-bergamotene (0.37%), nerol (0.4%), neral (0.76%)


This lovely zingy fresh smelling essential oil is cold pressed from the outer rind of lemons. It is said to take as many as 3000 lemons to produce a kg of the essential oil.

Lemon essential oil has so many wonderful properties that it is certainly worth having a bottle in our medicine chests. Lemon not only helps increase our mood and concentration, but is also beneficial in dealing with infections, skin disorders, hair conditions, fevers, wounds and scrapes.

Lemon has disinfectant, astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is also very helpful in stopping bleeding in minor cuts and wounds.

One of the most important properties of Lemon oil is that it stimulates the white blood cells that defend the body against infection. This makes it valuable in treating external wounds as well as internal infectious conditions like flu and gastritis. It is also known as a carminative, which means it helps with stomach problems like indigestion, acidity, heartburn and cramps.

Combine one drop of Lemon essential oil and one drop of Peppermint oil in 5ml of a carrier oil and apply to the bottom of your feet to help reduce a fever and reduce the active infection in the body. Also squeeze a half lemon into some warm water with a half spoon of honey to help with lowering body temperature. This will also act as general tonic to the digestive system, including the liver and pancreas. It will also help reduce acidity in the body, effectively reducing the symptoms of rheumatism, gout and arthritis.

Lemon oil can be used as an effective alternative to harsher chemical treatments to remove warts and verrucae. Apply a drop of neat lemon oil with an earbud, directly onto the verruca or wart, avoiding completely the surrounding healthy skin. If possible, cover the area with a plaster during the daytime, but leave open at night. Repeat daily for as long as needed. If the surrounding skin becomes inflamed or irritated, discontinue for a while.

Lemon oil mixed into an air spray, vapouriser or diffuser will offer some protection against the spread of bacteria or infection in the home. Add a few drops of Lavender and Neroli for a beautiful, calming and uplifting aroma.

Lemon oil helps increase alertness and concentration. Added to a diffuser, with a little Rosemary, will help with long hours concentration in work, studies and exams. It will help with mental clarity and increased energy. Stop inhaling and remove the diffuser at least two hours before getting ready to sleep otherwise you will not sleep well.

Add a drop of essential oil to 5ml of Sweet Almond or Grapeseed carrier oil and apply to your nails to help soften cuticles and restore your nail health.

A blend of Lemon, Peppermint and Eucalyptus essential oils added to water in a spray bottle will help control and repel ants and other insects.

Add a few drops of Lemon essential oil to a vinegar and water solution as an effective cleaning liquid for household surfaces, dishes and clothes. It is antibacterial and anti fungal. Lemon oil is also great for removing the sticky glue from labels on glass bottles.

Do not take lemon essential oil internally. Do not apply directly to the eyes or any mucous membranes. Lemon oil is phototoxic, so only apply to the skin at night. It may cause skin pigmentation if applied to the skin before going into the sun. Always do a skin patch test before use, as Lemon may potentially irritate the skin.

Lemon essential oil blends well with essential oils of Bergamot, Elemi, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Neroli, Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin and Ylang Ylang.