Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon trees have small branches and twigs with green leaves and white flowers. The fruit is light green before becoming yellow upon ripening.
- Botanical Family: Rutaceae botanical family. Lemon Essential Oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons.
- Part of Plant Used: Fruit Rings
- Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed or Steam Distillation
- Variations: Lemon is usually cold pressed, but there are also steam distillation versions.
- Chemistry: Lemon is comprised of monoterpenes (d-limonene, β-pinene, γ-terpinene).
- Circulatory: promotes healthy circulation and can be preventative or treatment for varicose veins
- Digestive: improves poor or sluggish digestion
- Lymphatic System: relieves lymphatic congestion
- Musculoskeletal: pain relief for muscular or joint aches and pains
- Pregnancy: can be used to boost energy, for digestive support, immune support, improves focus, and to relieve stress and anxiety
- Babies & Children: helps with digestion, pain relief, skin support and is uplifting, relieves anxiety, and clears the mind
- Nervous System: helps energize when fatigued and increases focus and concentration, relieves anxiety, stress, and depression
- Skin: soothes irritated or inflames skin conditions, is beneficial for mature, oily, or smoker's skin
- Spiritual: supports the Solar Plexus chakra associated with personal will, power, and mental ability
- Scent Profile: Top note that has a fresh, clean, and citrusy aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Lemon can last up to 4 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Citrus
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Spruce, Cedarwood, Douglas Fir, Elemi, Eucalyptus Globulus, Eucalyptus Radiata, Cypress, Frankincense, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Maritime Pine, Scots Pine, Pinon Pine, Myrrh, Niaouli, Palmarosa, Ravintsara, Tea Tree, Vanilla
- Distilled Lemon has no known issues.
- Expressed Lemon has a low risk for phototoxicity but it is recommended that if it is applied over a 2% dilution to the skin, that the individual not be exposed to sunlight or sunbed rays for 12 hours.
Products Using Lemon Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.