Botanical Family: Rutaceae (citrus)
Extraction Method: Cold-pressed from rind (requires 3,000 lemons to produce a kilo of oil)
Common Primary Uses: Air Pollution, Anxiety, Atherosclerosis, Bites/Stings, Blood Pressure (Regulation), Brain Injury, Cold Sores, Colds (Common), Concentration, Constipation, Depression, Digestion (Sluggish), Disinfectant, iDry Throat, Dysentery, Energizing, Exhaustion, Fever, Flu (Influenza), Furniture Polish, Gout, Greasy/Oily Hair, Grief/Sorrow, Gum/Grease Removal, Hangovers, Heartburn, Intestinal Parasites, Kidney Stones, Lymphatic Cleansing, MRSA, Overeating, Pancreatitis, Physical Energy, Postpartum Depression, Purification, Relaxation, Skin (Tones), Stress, Throat Infection, Tonsillitis, Uplifting, Varicose Veins, Water Purification
Common Application Methods: Lemon oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Avoid direct sunlight or UV light for up to 12 hours after using on the skin.
Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Place 1-2 drops under the tongue, or drink with a beverage. Take in capsules. Use as a flavoring in cooking.
Properties: Anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, astringent, invigorating, refreshing, and tonic.
Historical Uses: Lemon has been used to fight food poisoning, malaria and typhoid epidemics, and scurvy. (In fact, sources say that Christopher Columbus carried lemon seeds to America—probably just the leftovers from the fruit that was eaten during the trip.) Lemon has also been used to lower blood pressure and to help with liver problems, arthritis, and muscular aches and pains.
French Medicinal Uses: Air disinfectant, anemia, asthma, cold, fever (reduces), germicide, gout, heartburn, intestinal parasites, red blood cell formation, rheumatism, throat infection, ureter infections, varicose veins, water purification, white blood cell formation.
Other Possible Uses: Lemon oil may be beneficial for aging, soothing broken capillaries, dissolving cellulite, clarity of thought, debility, digestive problems, energy, gallstones, hair (cleansing), promoting leukocyte formation, liver deficiencies in children, memory improvement, nails (strengthening and hardening), nerves, nervous conditions, respiratory problems, cleaning children’s skin, sore throats, and promoting a sense of well-being. It works extremely well in removing gum, wood stain, oil, and grease spots. It may also brighten a pale, dull complexion by removing dead skin cells.
Body System(s) Affected: Digestive, Immune, and Respiratory Systems.
Aromatic Influence: It promotes health, healing, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.
Oral Use As Dietary Supplement: Lemon oil is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA (21CFR182.20). Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.
Safety Data: Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after use. Can cause extreme skin irritation.
Blend Classification: Modifier and Enhancer.
Blends With: Eucalyptus, fennel, frankincense, geranium, peppermint, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.