Lemon Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Lemon Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus limon

Oil Overview

Lemon essential oil has a sharp, fresh smell. It is pale greenish-yellow in colour and has a watery consistency.

Oil Sources

Lemon was originally native to India. The oil is extracted from the fresh fruit peel using cold expression.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, a-terpinene, linalool, b-bisabolene, limonene, trans-a-bergamotene, nerol and neral.



Therapeutic Properties:

Antimicrobial, Anti-rheumatic, Antiseptic, Bactericidal, Carminative, Cicatrisant, Depurative, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Febrifuge, Haemostatic, Hypotensive, Insecticide, Rubefacient, Tonic, Vermifuge

Possible Uses

Acne, Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cellulite, Circulation Problems, Colds and Flu, Constipation, Digestion, Headaches, Insect Bites, Migraine, Mouth Ulcers, Rheumatism, Sore Throat


Photosensitivity: Avoid Sun

Detail of Warnings

Non-toxic, but may cause skin irritation in some.
Lemon is also phototoxic and should be avoided prior to exposure to sunlight.

Compatible Combination Oils

Benzoin, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Rose, Sandalwood


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