Did you know

Virgil called lemon the ‘Median apple’ because it came from Media near Persia?  The peel was used to perfume clothing and repel moths and other insects.

For many centuries, lemon has been a major part of the pharmacopoeia of natural medicine.  While much of this information centers around the use of the juice of the fruit, Mrs. M. Grieves, in her Modern Herbal, says that the oil used externally is a strong rubefacient.  According to Leung and Foster in their Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients, Lemon oil has exhibited anti-microbial activities.

In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s says that, the central theme of Lemon is insecurity regarding money and material comfort.

You will find the mini Lemon essential oil Profile here.You might also enjoy reading the post I have Creating the Perfect Blend for your new product, which highlight how I enhanced and extended the Lemony aroma with the oils I chose to blend with with Lemon.


Latin Binomial: (Citrus x limon)

Essential Oil: A pale yellow to mid green essential oil.
Extraction Method: Cold Expressed.  A stead distilled oil is also produced occasionally.
Part Used:  Peel of the fruit
Yield:  Approximately 1.4%

Aroma:  Fresh, clean, light, lemony.
Odour intensity:  Medium
Perfume Note:  Top
Blends well with:  Lavender, neroli, ylang ylang, rose, sandalwood, chamomile, benzoin, fennel, geranium, eucalyptus, juniper, elemi and other citrus oils.
Perfume Key Qualities:  Refreshing, mental stimulant, cephalic, purifying, reviving, strengthening, soothing.

Cold expressed Lemon Oil has phototoxic properties so care should be taken not to expose the skin to sun or UV rays for 12 hours after use.  Steam distilled Lemon oil is considered non phototoxic, making it safe to use on the skin at any time.


Lemon has anti-anemic, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, cicatrizant, detoxifying, febrifuge, diuretic, haemostatic, hypotensive, insecticidal, rubefacient, tonic and vermifuge properties.


Lemon helps to increase inner joy and optimism.  Lemon clears and cleanses the room.  It also clears emotional confusion and invigorates.

  • Chakra: Solar Plexus
  • TCM Meridian: Liver, Gall Bladder, Stomach, Spleen, Circulation, Triple Warmer, and Small Intestine Meridians.
  • Ayurveda Doscha: Balances Pitta, decreases Vata and has no effect on Kapha.
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  • Color: Yellow, Green.
  • Numerology: Lemon 3, Citrus x limon 6
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