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Lemon ‘Citrus limon

One of the most versatile essential oils. It’s therapeutic properties are uplifting and cleansing, expands energy,  promotes a sense of opening, reduces tension and depression and invites happy, outward energy. I love to add in my diffuser!


Analgesic: The main component, d-limonene, has significant antinociceptive activity (reduces the sensation of pain). Hirota et al. (2010) suggested this might be due to its considerable anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities.

Anti-inflammatory: Lemon essential oil and d-limonene are inhibitors of 5-LOX (Baylac and Racine 2003). The essential oil displays good anti-inflammatory activity (Mitoshi et al. 2014). See also analgesic.

Antibacterial: Limonene is often found in oils with strong antimicrobial actions (Lang and Buchbauer 2012).

Antidepressant: Lemon oil has antidepressant effects (Perry and Perry 2006). Inhalation of d-limonene has anxiolytic action (reduces anxiety) (Lima et al. 2012c). Lemon essential oil, and its components limonene and citral, can decrease both physical and psychological stress (Fukumoto et al. 2007).

Antioxidant: One of the components, γ-terpinene, is an LDL antioxidant (Takahashi et al.2003).

Antispasmodic: The antispasmodic actions of Lemon are likely due in part to the presence of d-limonene, a vasorelaxant.

Antiviral: Although there is no research to support that Lemon oil is antiviral, many Aromatherapists feel citrus oils high in d-limonene can assist with overcoming a virus. This might be due to the ability of d-limonene to activate white blood cells and fight infection.

Astringent: Many citrus oils, including Lemon and those containing high levels of monoterpenes (such as limonene), can contract and tighten the tissues.

Cooling: Lemon has a cooling effect. It evaporates quickly on contact with the skin, giving rise to a cooling sensation, and its anti-inflammatory actions reduce heat in the tissues.

Diuretic: When used in a blend, Lemon can contribute to a diuretic effect.

Immunostimulant: With its antibacterial and antioxidant actions, anti-inflammatory actions, and activating, tonic effects on the mind and body, Lemon essential oil can be used to help support the immune system and promote well-being.

Liver support/protector: d-Limonene can increase the rate of synthesis of glutathione S-transferase in the liver. This is an important enzyme in detoxification pathways (Tisserand and Young 2014). Bodake et al. (2002) and Ozbek et al. (2003) noted that d-limonene had hepatoprotective action.

Skin penetration enhancer: d-Limonene, the principle component, enhances skin penetration (Takayama and Nagai 1994).

How you can use Lemon Essential Oil

Circulation: Lemon can help reduce swelling and pain associated with varicose veins, especially if combined with Cypress and Patchouli.

Mood: Its antidepressant actions mean that Lemon is very good in diffuser blends and topical blends for lifting the mood. Lemon can inhibit cholinesterase (Oboh, Olasehinde and Ademosun 2014), and thus has cognition-enhancing potential.

Musculoskeletal: Lemon can be added to blends to counteract pain and inflammation. It works well with Lavender, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Patchouli.

Skin: Lemon is very useful for skin care. Its penetrating, astringent, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory actions mean that it is particularly useful for acne and blemishes.

Well-being: Like Juniper Berry, Lemon is an immune system stimulant, and protects and nourishes the liver. I often add it to diffuser blends. It adds freshness to the aroma and disinfects the air when others in the house are sick. I use it in my body care products, as it supports the immune system and defends the body against infections. It is also good for reducing nausea, especially when combined with Peppermint

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