Lemon essential oil (citrus limonium) has long had a medicinal affiliation with the digestive
system. Lemon oil is high in d-Limonene, a natural agent that is helpful in the body’s
elimination of toxins. This agent, known as a terpenine, helps the liver and kidneys expel
various toxins and maintain overall digestive health and regularity. Basically, lemon oil
makes the process of waste elimination run more smoothly, and let’s be honest; this is a
win-win for both body and mind. Lemon oil also helps to stimulate the release of gastric
digestive juices, so from first bite to final exit, food digestion occurs at the most efficient
Lemon oil also helps to relieve symptoms of common digestive problems, such as
heartburn, indigestion, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. It is most effective when
incorporated into a daily routine, but can certainly be used for acute (and unpleasant)
Take 2-3 drops of lemon oil in a small (8 oz.) glass of water. Drink this mixture first thing
in the morning (before eating or drinking anything else) to set the stage for comfortable
digestion throughout the day. Also drink this mixture just before bed to help the body
maintain optimal digestive capabilities even during sleep.
For acute symptoms, such as heartburn or bloating, place 3-5 drops of lemon oil in the back
of the throat. Swish with saliva, and follow with a small amount of warm distilled water.
Lemon oil can also be added to hot tea and additional foods (when the flavor addition feels
appropriate, such as in a lemon sauce or frosting) and this can be a great way to sneak in
more digestive-boosting effects of lemon and d-Limonene.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.