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How To Make Homemade Lemon Essential Oil

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Make Homemade Lemon Essential Oil
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Lemon essential oil has multiple properties that are highly beneficial for overall health and for improving wellbeing. Most notable are its increasing white blood cells and diuretic properties but also its stress reducing properties. It is made from the lemon peel by steam distillation. However, few have the proper equipment to perform this process. Therefore, in this article, we show you a simple and effective way to learn how to make homemade lemon essential oil at home.

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Steps to follow:


To make homemade lemon essential oil you will need to gather all the ingredients: a lemon, olive oil and re-sealable bag or covered container capable of withstanding high temperatures, such as a glass jar.


Put a pan with water to warm to use later. Then peel the lemon to remove the peel. If remnants of whitish layer of lemon peel, rub to remove them, we only need the yellow part.

How To Make Homemade Lemon Essential Oil - Step 2

The next step will be to put the lemon peel in the hot water to avoid it losing any of the flavor. Leave it for about one minute.


Meanwhile, place the freezer bag, or container with lid, open in another saucepan and add a little olive oil, to half fill the pan. After a minute, you'll see that the lemon peel has dyed the water slightly yellow. Remove the peel, incorporate it into the bag with the oil and seal it, water is not necessary.

How To Make Homemade Lemon Essential Oil - Step 4

Now, you must heat the bag or container in a bain marie, this is why we introduce a saucepan in the previous step. Thus simulate steam distillation, obtain the infusion and obtain the essential oil of lemon. Leave two to three hours.

How To Make Homemade Lemon Essential Oil - Step 5

When the time's up, remove from heat and leave to stand for 24 hours. The next day, put it in a covered container and store it in a cool place free from humidity. You see, making your own homemade lemon essential oil is very simple and economical, as it only requires two ingredients. If you like homemade oils, check out our articles on how to make coconut oil, rosemary or eucalyptus oil from leaves.

How To Make Homemade Lemon Essential Oil - Step 6

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Could a tamale pot work? It has an insert that allows you to steam what's on top of it.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Aine,

Yes, a tamale pot should work great as long as you put the right dish in it. Essentially, they would work in the same way.
Pls I don't understand step four well. Is it d peels u Incorporate into d bag with oil or the water. And what quantity of d olive oil can be used. Thanx for ur prompt respose
OneHowTo Editor
Incorporate the peel into the bag, no need to add the water in it. You only need a drizzle of olive oil, about a teaspoonful.
Hope this helps.
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