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Cooking with Lemon Essential Oil

dōTERRA’s Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon) has many wonderful therapeutic benefits, but is also great when added to foods and liquids as a natural flavoring.

Our lemon essential oil is cold pressed from the rinds of lemons grown in Italy. Italian lemons are much larger and sweeter than domestic lemons, and higher in limonene as well.


Lemon essential oil can be added as a flavoring to drinking water, or can be added to dessert recipes, poultry, or fish recipes. Lemon essential oil can be substituted in any recipe that calls for lemon juice, lemon extract, or grated lemon zest. Simply substitute one drop lemon essential oil for one teaspoon lemon extract or lemon juice.

Enjoy all the healthful benefits of lemon essential oil plus great taste in the following recipe:

Tilapia Lemon Parmesan
2-1/2 lbs. Tilapia fillets
2-4 tsp. butter, softened
2 drops dōTERRA lemon essential oil

Lemon-Parmesan Sauce
1 cup mayonnaise
4-6 drops dōTERRA lemon essential oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Garnish
2 lemons, sliced fresh parsley

Rinse the tilapia fillets in cold water and drain thoroughly.
Top with butter and lemon essential oil.
Broil about 4 inches from the source of heat for approximately 5 to 6 minutes or until the fish is opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Top each portion with Lemon-Parmesan Sauce; broil 2-3 minutes or until sauce puffs and turns golden brown.
Place fillets on serving plate; garnish with lemon slices and fresh parsley.
Serves: 6

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6 comments

  1. I had a customer ask me this one- maybe you can help,” when adding the lemon oil to water do you still get the enzymes you get from squeezing fresh lemon directly in your water?”

  2. Hi Kareena,

    Pure lemon essential oil does not contain the same enzymes found in the juice or pulp of lemons. Lemon essential oil is distilled from lemon rinds and is sometimes used for digestive supporting benefits and can be part of a healthy gastrointestinal maintenance program. It also provides healthy antioxidant benefits and has natural antimicrobial properties.
    But lemon essential oil does not contain digestive food enzymes, sugars, and other nutrients found in the whole lemon fruit.

  3. I’m starting up a gluten-free baking business, and looking for good flavors for my baked goods. I’m think of trying out your lemon oil for a lemon shortbread cookie :)

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