In Essence

In Essence… A Series on Various Essential Oils for Animals

By Nayana Morag

Lemon Tree

This is one of a series of articles that will teach you about individual essential oils and how they can be used for your animals. These oils are all ones I use regularly in my practice with animals.

Lemon (Citrus limon)
Physical and energetic description: A small citrus tree with glossy evergreen leaves, small white flowers and an abundance of yellow fruit. Native to Asia it now grows wild in the Southern Mediterranean and is widely cultivated. It is a very nutritious fruit and a great pick me up. Traditionally it was used to protect against typhoid, malaria and scurvy. An old remedy for ringbone in horses was to strap half a lemon to the joint as lemon reputedly breaks down bony growths. My grandmother claimed drinking lemon water every morning purified the kidneys and was the reason for her beautiful skin. In India they add lemon to the water to kill waterborn bacteria. Energetically it is light, cleansing and refreshing, sharpening the focus and reducing confusion. I use this wonderful oil repeatedly both as first aid and to resolve long-standing emotional problems.

Physical uses: Viral infections, including warts; colds and coughs; anaemia; ring-bone, kidney stones; arthritis; kidney infections; lymphangitis
Emotional uses: Promotes feelings of trust; good for those who overthink and worry; soothes anxiety taken to the heart; uplifts; clarifies confusion; useful for those overwhelmed by crowds, especially if that manifests as a lack of ability to focus or restlessness

Principal actions: Anti-anaemic, antibacterial, anticoagulant, antifungal, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antisclerotic, antiseptic (air), antispasmodic (stomach), antiviral, astringent, calming, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, immunostimulant, litholytic, pancreatic stimulant, phlebotonic, stomachic

Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritant, may cause dermal irritation in some individuals, possible photo-toxicity use at dilutions below 2% for use on sun-exposed skin. Use with caution in immune-modulated illnesses. Because lemon essential oil is pressed from the skin it is important to use organic oil that has been tested for residues.

Think ‘Lemon’ in these conditions: Run down, scrawny animals who seem slightly depressed, lacking in trust or ‘dizzy’; failure to thrive; bone spurs; pain across kidney areahoofprint


Nayana Morag is a qualified Essential Oil for Animals Therapist and a committee member of GEOTA. She has always been passionate about horses and has had the great good fortune to work with them all over the world. She has a special empathy for ‘problem’ animals (and people!) for whom Essential Oil Therapy is very helpful. She has also developed her own method of teaching riding based on the martial arts and body-awareness techniques and is the author of the "Riding Raps" series of audio tapes. Nowadays she lives in the UK and concentrates on educating animal owners in the use of essential oils and our role in our animals' well-being, running workshops and a Certificate course. For more information go to