Lemon Essential Oil

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(Citrus Limonum)

Plant Origin: Italy

Extraction Method: Cold pressed from rind (organic, but not certified).

Selah oil blends that contain Lemon essential oil: 

ArmorEaseLili BethInhaleArmor SprayCitrus, Selah Kids: Soft Blend 


Lemon oil is effective against liver stagnation (Schnaubelt, 24).

Add 1-3 drops to a glass of water: induces detoxification, cleansing (Schnaubelt, 134). 

In the cardiovascular system it [lemon oil] reduces capillary permeability, thereby preventing easy bruising and bleeding (Schnaubelt, 168). 

When treating hemorrhoids, aloe vera gel makes a good base for the essential oils, which can be self-administered. Spending 10 minutes in a sitz bath with essential oils (blended first in a little honey and hot water or an emulsifier [epsom salt]) is also useful, as is a compress... Phlebotonic essential oils which help to relieve hemorrhoids and varicose veins are: neroli, lemon, grapefruit, cypress, geranium, tea tree, cajuput, niaouli, spikenard and patchouli (Price, 242).

Lemon is listed as a circulation-stimulating (Price, 266).

Applied topically in a clockwise motion over the abdomen, lemon essential oil can bring relief to diarrhea (Price, 242).

Lemon applied to the chest with a carrier can help with heartburn (Price, 242).

Digestive oils which help to combat nausea and morning sickness include lemon, peppermint, spearmint and ginger (Price, 243).

Lemon has been shown to help reduce edema (Price, 244).

Lemon has been found to be helpful for relieving pain associated with arthritis/rheumatism (Price, 268).

Valerie Worwood, in her book, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, states that Lemon essential oil should be in your “Basic Care Kit”. She says, “When our adventurous seafaring ancestors sailed the high seas, fresh lemons saved them from getting scurvy. For modern stay-at-homes, the essential oil of lemon is just as useful as a water purifier. This antiseptic and antibacterial oil will perform many tasks when used in blends, including treating verrucas, insect bites, and tension headaches. It has a tonic action on the lymphatic system and a stimulating action on the digestive system. It will assist you to slim, help disperse cellulite, and keep wrinkles at bay” (Worwood, 22).

Smooths the skin, contracts and tones tissue, treats dull, oily skin, warts, prevents infection on insect bites and stings, supports regeneration of white blood cells, stimulates the production of red blood cells, antibacterial, fever-lowering, sore throats, bronchitis, coughs, throat infections, colds, influenza (Purchon, 74-75).

Lemon oil held to stop external bleeding such as from nosebleeds and wounds and after tooth extraction. When using in the mouth, dip a cotton swab in a little carrier oil or water, then add a drop of lemon oil. Rub onto the area where the tooth was extracted (Purchon, 74).

The monoterpene d-limonene, a major chemical component in lemon essential oil, has been found to be effective in the prevention and treatment of cancer. In cases where a tumor is present, the monoterpene can effect reversal of tumor growth in multiple ways (Purchon, 75).

Acne, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic, arthritis, boil, bronchitis, canker sore, cellulite, chillblains, cold, constipation, corns, diuretic, fever, flu, headache, hypertension, indigestion, insecticide, insect repellent, laxative, mental alertness, migraine, nosebleed, sore throat, varicose veins, wart, wounds (Althea Press, 351).

Lemon has the property of reducing temperature (Davis, 180).

Lemon oil mixed into an air spray or vaporized in a burner or diffuser gives some protection against the spread of infection at the same time as delicately scenting the home (Davis, 180).

Davis states that Lemon has the ability to counteract the acidity in the body. Some symptoms of too much acidity in the body are rheumatism, gout and arthritis. This happens when the body does not effectively rid itself of uric acid. This causes crystals to form “which cause pain and inflammation of the joints” (Davis).

Davis suggests mixing 2 drops of lemon essential oil with 10 drops apple cider vinegar to treat a corn or wart. Apply it daily, avoiding surrounding healthy skin, and keep covered with a bandage during the day but leave uncovered at night (Davis).

Sore throat, nervous conditions, blood pressure, digestive problems, gallstones, debility, fever, anxiety; as a tonic, astringent, and antiseptic (Worwood, 401).

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Topical:  Apply on location or bottoms of feet.  This oil is photosensitive.  Take caution in applying this oil to any skin that will be exposed to the sun.

Safe for children 2+ with proper dilution.

Pregnancy and lactation safe with extra dilution.

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Inhalation:  Diffuse or inhale directly.

Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) by the FDA.

Internal:  Although the quality of Selah Oils is excellent, it is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a certified physician who is also certified in aromatherapy. We recommend getting internal dosing instructions from a licensed physician as some essential oils are not recommended for oral consumption. This is in no way a reflection on our oil quality, only a matter of safety and caution with respect to how concentrated essential oils are. When used within safe parameters, and under your physician's care, the quality of our essential oils is such that they can be used internally if deemed appropriate.

However, with that said, it is important to remember the extreme concentration of essential oils. "Using essential oils by rubbing them into the skin or via inhalation is in many cases more effective than oral delivery" (Schnaubelt 96).

All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.


All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. It is not advised to take essential oils internally unless under the guidance of a licensed physician who is also certified in aromatherapy.

Photosensitive: Avoid direct sunlight for a minimum of 12 hours after application. 

Can cause extreme skin irritation.

If for any reason you get essential oils in your eyes, put carrier oil along the eyebrows above the eyes and on the cheekbones below the eyes.  

Do not put essential oils inside the ear canal.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

GC/MS Key Constituents:

Limonene 66.48%
Pinene <beta-> 11.25%
Terpinene <gamma> 9.44%
Sabinene 1.95%
Myrcene 1.56%
Geranial 1.51%
Neral 0.94%
Bisabolene <beta> 0.56%
Thujene <alpha-> 0.47%

Neryl acetate 0.46%


Higley, Connie & Alan. Reference Guide for Essential Oils (2012).

Tisserand, Robert. Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition (2014).

Worwood, Valerie. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy (1991).

Althea Press. Essential oils, Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing (2015).

Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Handbook for Everyday Wellness (2014).

Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z (2000).

Price, Shirley & Len. Aromatherapy for Health Professionals (2012), p. 242.

Schnaubelt, PhD., Kurt. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils (2011), p. 24, 134, 168.

Schnaubelt, Kurt Ph.D., Advanced Aromatherapy (1995), p. 96.

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