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Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil has a powerfully fresh traditional lemon fragrance that is quite energizing and uplifting. Lemon Essential Oil is a good choice to diffuse when trying to clear a room of the smell of cigarette smoke or other unpleasant aromas.

Lemon Essential Oil

Limonene is the naturally occurring chemical constituent within Lemon Essential Oil that gives it its distinctive lemony aroma. There are a few other non-citrus essential oils available that include limonene naturally and feature a lemony aroma. Lemongrass and Lemon Myrtle essential oils both include noteworthy concentrations of limonene.

Cold pressed Lemon Essential Oil is phototoxic. Refer to the safety information mentioned below.

Botanical Name

Citrus limon

Common Method of Extraction

Cold Pressed/Expressed.
Steam distilled Lemon Oil is also commercially available.

Plant Part Typically Used

Citrus Rind (Peel)

Lemons on Tree Sliced Lemon

Color

Pale Yellow to Deep Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Top

Strength of Initial Aroma

Strong

Aromatic Description

Aroma is similar to fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated.

Lemon Essential Oil Uses

Athlete's foot, chiliblains, colds, corns, dull skin, flu, oily skin, spots, varicose veins, warts. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-66.]

Major Constituents of Cold Pressed Lemon Oil

(+)-Limonene
B-Pinene
Gamma-Terpinene
a-Terpineol
a-Pinene
Geranial
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 61-69. B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 1-4, 158-162. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 21 no. 1, 1996), 41-45. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 27 no. 2, 2002), 62-88. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 331-332.]

Major Constituents of Steam Distilled Lemon Oil

(+)-Limonene
B-Pinene
Gamma-Terpinene
Geranial
a-Pinene
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 62. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 330-331.]

Safety Information

Cold pressed Lemon Essential Oil is phototoxic. Steam distilled Lemon Oil is not phototoxic. Tisserand and Young recommend a dermal maximum of 2.0% for the cold pressed oil to avoid the risk of a phototoxic reaction. They precaution to avoid topical use of Lemon Oil, regardless of method of distillation, if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 87, 330-331.]

Lemon Oil may cause skin irritation or sensitivity in some. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 120.]

Shelf Life

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General Safety Information

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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