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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.
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.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Citrus Rind (Peel)
Pale Yellow to Deep Yellow
Strength of Initial Aroma
Aroma is similar to fresh lemon rinds except richer and more concentrated.
Lemon 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
[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
[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.]
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.]
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