Lesson 6: Essential Oil – Lemon (Citrus limon)

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Reading Assignment

Foundational Aromatherapy pages 113-114


Oils: Lemon, Citrus LimonWhen thinking of Lemon simply think, cleanser, freshener, purifier, stimulant, disinfectant. Beneficial for infections, weight loss, mental clarity, breathing, cleansing inside and outside of the body as well as the whole household.

Safety Notes

➢ Phototoxic—avoid direct exposure to the sun or tanning booths for 12 hours  after use on skin.

Tried and True Uses

✓ Is useful for aiding digestion, and helpful for respiratory infections.

✓ When added to a tea or glass of water, it purifies the water and aids liver and the blood.

✓ Misting or diffusing cleans the air, lifts the spirit, and helps with the ability to focus on the tasks at hand.

✓ Soak nails in a bowl of warm water with a drop of oil in order to strengthen nails and kill fungus.

✓ Use on a cotton ball, and place it near the student when studying to improve test scores.

✓ Add to household cleansers to make the whole house “safe” for everyone

✓ Use with water as a rinse to kill germs on your produce and meat.

How Do I Use It?

SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 3-5 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in warm water; soak twenty minutes.

IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day.

BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT – Diffuse 10-12 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day. Inhale 3-4 times a day from bottle lid. Or put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.

SPRITZ & SPRAY – Mix 8-10 drops in 1 ounce of filtered or distilled water. Shake before each use, mist lightly on area of concern or all over the body, avoiding eyes when misting face area.

TEA TIME – 1 drop in honey or carrier of sweetener, stir in warm water, sip slowly

RUB IT IN, PUT IT ON – Add 3-5 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil, lotion, or  massage into areas needing relief. Add 1-2 drops, or in 2-3 drops of carrier, rub on bottom of feet.Put a drop on cotton swab and gently touch blemishes, or on a cotton ball and wipe gently over the face, avoid the eyes. Drop 1 drop on each nail affected with fungus. Put 1 drop in 1 drop of carrier; apply on sides of neck and throat for relief.

  • Antibacterial – destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria
  • Antifungal – prevents the growth of fungus
  • Antioxidant – protects cells from damage
  • Antiviral – inhibits or destroys viruses
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
  • Astringent – tightens tissue; reduces oil or secretions
  • Antitoxic – counteracts toxins
  • Antianemic – prevents or reverses anemia
  • Antimicrobial – kills or suppresses viruses, and bacteria
  • Anti-rheumatic – relieves rheumatism
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms
  • Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
  • Diuretic – increases urine production, rids excess fluids
  • Hemostatic – stops bleeding
  • Hepatic – supportive to the liver
  • Immunostimulant – stimulates immune system
  • Insecticide – destroys insects
  • Lymphatic – aids in waste management and a decongestant for the lymph system
  • Purifying – cleansing
  • Rubefacient – increases local blood circulation and local numbing effect;  can cause minor skin irritation
  • Toner – nourishing, supportive, strengthening
Key Emotions:

Excitement, Revitalizing, Reliable, Cheerfulness, and Connective

Key Body Systems:

Immune, Circulatory, Digestive, Nervous, and Skin

Technical Data: 

Image result for lemonBOTANICAL NAME: Citrus limon

WHERE GROWN: Spain, Italy, France, South Africa

PRODUCING ORGAN: rind or peel

EXTRACTION METHOD: cold expression


AROMA: citrus, fresh, fruity, lemony, sweet

Main Chemical Families: 


ALDEHYDES decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier sedative or calming to the nervous system, anti-inflammatory, cooling, antifungal

Botanical Family: 

RUTACEAE good for digestion, beneficial to skin

User Experience

After washing my cutting boards, while they are still wet, I rub 1 or 2 drops of Lemon or Grapefruit, Pink to freshen and kill bacteria, then let them dry. It makes my kitchen smell amazing.

Leiann King


DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.

*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.

Additional Reading

Wikipedia page on Lemon

How to Pronounce

How to say Citrus limon