Lemon Essential Oil

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Lemon essential oil is obtained from the fruit peel of the lemon tree, a small evergreen citrus tree native to Asia and cultivated throughout southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. The oil imparts a bright, citrusy fragrance and lends astringent qualities to a variety of products.

Bulk Lemon Essential Oil ~ Monterey Bay Herb Co

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information at a glance

originunited states
extraction methodBy expression of the ripe peel of the fruit
edibleNot recommended for internal use.
safetyThis oil is non-toxic and generally non-irritating, but due to its astringent properties be sure to dilute it before using on skin or in bath water if you have sensitive skin. May increase photosensitivity.
fragrance note classification top

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in a cool, dark cabinet.
appearance & aromaClear liquid with a crisp and slightly sour lemony fragrance.


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aromatherapyDiffuse or add to a vaporizer. The scent of lemon essential oil is said to be uplifting and rejuvenating.
cosmetics / personal careUse in lotions, creams, serums and skin toners.
massage / bath / spaAdd to liquid and bar soaps, facial washes, shampoos, bath oils and massage oils.
perfumeryBalance with other essential oils in perfume and cologne blends.
craftsUse to scent potpourri, candles and other crafts.
industrialLemon essential oil is used in the spa, cosmetic, food, fragrance and pharmaceutical industries.
householdUse in homemade wood cleaners, countertop and bathroom disinfectants and natural insect repellents.

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[ tip: Combine peppermint and lemon essential oils in DIY household cleaners.  ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

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[ tip: Pair eucalyptus and lemon essential oils together in aroma sprays and diffuser oil blends.  ~ from Monterey Bay Herb Company ]

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aromatic profile & blending companions

essential oil

Bright, fresh and lemony. Blends well with bergamot, benzoin, eucalyptus, frankincense, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, lime, peppermint, petitgrain, rose geranium, sandalwood and sweet orange.

formulas & recipes

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what else you should know

essential oil

Like all citrus species, lemon trees are evergreen, producing several crops of fruit in a year. Although the mature yellow fruits are harvested for culinary uses, the best quality oil is obtained from fruit harvested while it is still green.

In the warm climate of the Mediterranean, where lemon trees thrive, the lemon is cultivated for food and for its essential oil, which is pressed from tiny oil glands in the rind. The aroma of the essential oil is intensely fruity, citrusy, zesty and fresh, with wonderful light, fizzy top notes.

For more information on how to use essential oils please read our article: Aromatherapy Basics for Using Pure Essential Oils

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This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.