I have never met anyone of any age who dislikes the aroma of lemon. Period. It is fresh, bright, uplifting, clean, and as rich as a very sunny day.

When we say that we smell the aroma of a lemon, we are in fact smelling the aroma of lemon essential oil. Citrus trees produce essential oils on the outside of the rinds of the fruit, and lemon is no exception. It is the essential oil that we smell when we handle a lemon, when we grate the zest of the lemon, and when we squeeze the rind of the lemon (lemon essential oils is harvested by cold pressing lemon rinds).

Why do we love the aroma of lemon, and what are some uses for lemon essential oil?

From an emotional/mood/mindset point of view, Lemon is the Oil of Focus. It engages the mind and aids concentration in users of all ages. Children love it, respond powerfully to it, and are always delighted to smell it. It helps with learning by restoring energy, mental flexibility, and the drive to complete a project. Lemon helps us to focus on one thing at a time and to avoid distractions. Lemon clears self-doubt and self-judgement, restores self-confidence, and adds feelings of buoyancy and joy. I love to blend it with Rosemary and Peppermint for a mid-afternoon burst of renewed energy and attention to the task at hand. For mood enhancement, inhale Lemon before starting and during work on a task, or dilute it with a few drops of carrier oil and apply to wrists and temples. Diffused, it can calm a stressed mind and bring an attitude of deep openness and forgiveness, including the release of anger and envy.

For physical concerns, Lemon is very cleansing both externally and internally. Use a drop of Lemon oil in every glass of filtered water you drink throughout the day for an ongoing, very gentle internal cleanse. It is marvelous at removing dirt and sticky substances from just about any object, as well as from hair, skin, and nails. If you don’t believe me, try it on dried gum or permanent marker that has been left on a whiteboard for a long time! To soothe a sore throat, mix a drop or two of Lemon oil in a tablespoon of pure, local honey and add the mixture to a mug of hot water for a delicious and effective support. It is wonderful as a skin toner, removing impurities and excess oil. Because it is a cleanser and purifier, it can help with gout, kidney stones, infections, blood pressure imbalances, and more. It soothes bites and stings and cold sores. It supports the body’s recovery from cellulitis, constipation, and a variety of infections.

Caution: Mix a drop or two of Lemon oil with several drops of pure carrier oil before applying to skin; use more carrier oil when applying to little ones or those in frail health or with sensitive skin. Wait up to 12 hours after applying Lemon to skin before exposing the application site(s) to direct sunlight to avoid skin sensitivity.

For the environment, Lemon is a superlative air purifier. It removes cooking odors and other unpleasant household aromas. It is a key ingredient in homemade cleansers and furniture polish and works very well as a glass cleaner.

In the kitchen, Lemon oil is my favorite produce cleanser and a nutritious and delicious addition to every type of food and beverage item. Think of salad dressings and sauces, citrus drinks, baked goods, meat and seafood, vegetables, and more. For culinary inspiration (using Lemon and many other oils), I invite you to browse through https://media.doterra.com/us/en/ebooks/cooking-with-essential-oils.pdf.

Caution: I recommend only doTERRA’s Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for culinary and internal use. Each bottle of doTERRA essential oil that is safe for internal use is labelled with Supplements Facts and usage directions.

For energy work, Lemon oil is associated with the heart chakra. Its cleaning and uplifting properties are wonderful for restoration of the body and the emotions. If you are seeking a powerful support for your personal love, joy, and peace, Lemon is a star.

For dogs and cats, use the same cautions that you would use on small humans relative to dilution with carrier oil and protection against exposure to direct sunlight. If you are interested in using Lemon (or any essential oil) with your pet or farm animal, let’s discuss some good usage resources.

Where does doTERRA source its Lemon essential oil?

doTERRA sources both Lemon and Bergamot essential oils from Italy. This marvelous video introduces you to the growers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlEai508pmo

What are the differences between fresh lemon juice and lemon essential oil?

According to doTERRA’s Dr. David K. Hill, “Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind while lemon juice comes from the pulp, resulting in two very dissimilar substances with unrelated properties. Chemically, Lemon essential oil is very high in limonene, much more so than lemon juice. In particular, the high concentration of limonene is why Lemon essential oil is so cleansing and can aid in digestive and respiratory function when consumed. Essential oils are also highly concentrated; even if the substances were identical in makeup, it would take a large amount of fresh lemon juice to match the potency of two drops of Lemon essential oil in water. Finally, Lemon essential oil may also be easier to ingest for those with sensitive stomachs because it does not contain citric acid, the component of lemon juice that makes it sour.”

All of dōTERRA’s Citrus Oils are cold pressed from rind or peel, not the meat or juice of the fruit. The peel is actually the most nutrient-dense portion of the lemon because of its fat soluble phytonutrients. Lemon essential oil is composed of many natural compounds, including terpenes, sesquiterpenes, aldehydes, alcohols, esters and sterols. The citrus scent of lemons comes from  limonene, a chemical compound which comprises the majority of lemon essential oil.

Although the use of lemon essential oil on skin exposed to direct sunlight can cause sensitivity, there is normally no sensitivity issue when Lemon essential oil is taken internally since there is no Citric Acid contained in the oil. Many have a dental sensitivity when consuming fresh lemons or fresh lemon juice in beverages.

What are some ways to include Lemon essential oil in diffuser blends?

Actually, you can add a drop of Lemon to just about any diffuser recipe to bring out the freshness of the other aromas and to add brightness (just like a drop of lemon enhances the taste of almost any dish or beverage). There are thousands of diffuser recipes online that incorporate Lemon, but here are just a couple to get you started:

Sunshine and Roses
4 drops Lemon
3 drops Copaiba
2 drops Rose

Stay Focused
2 drops Lemon
2 drops Rosemary
2 drops Peppermint

doTERRA’s Lemon essential oil is extraordinarily affordable as well as versatile. A 15 ml bottle contains 250 drops and is only $10 at wholesale pricing – only 4 cents a drop! This is one oil that you will probably keep in your kitchen, bathroom, garage/project space, nursery, and office.

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