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Lemon

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General Properties of Lemon Essential Oil

  • antibacterial
  • antidepressant
  • antiseptic
  • astringent
  • immuno-stimulant
  • disinfectant
  • germicide

Origin: Italy. Steam distillation of the grass. Top note.

Description of Lemon Essential Oil

It is thought that Lemon is a plant native to India. Over time it has been cultivated in various mediterranean countries and in modern times has become a commercial crop for the state of California. The essential oil is produced from the rind of the lemon that is pressed to create a pale greeny yellow oil and according to one source, it takes 3000 of them to produce a kilo of essential oil.

Lemon essential oil has a variety of uses and wide range of therapeutic properties including varicose veins, cellulite, and water retention. It is used in applications that require an antiseptic and antibacterial and can be diffused into the air to help kill some types of airborne germs. It also stimulates the body's defense system and like other citrus oils can stimulate the lymphatic system. Lemon essential oil can also help to stop bleeding, and as such has been used to treat nosebleeds.

Lemon essential oil should be avoided during pregnancy and is phototoxic, meaning that it makes the skin sensitive to ultra violet rays. It can also be irritating to the skin so should be mixed with a carrier oil when used topically.

References about Lemon Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Lemon Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus Limonum
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.