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Lemon: Propagation, Healing & Magical Attributes

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Lemons (Citrus limon) are evergreen trees native to Asia. Lemon trees have smooth, green oval leaves that produce fragrant flowers in the winter followed by the tart yellow fruits we know and love.


Lemon trees can be propagated through stem cuttings, and it’s important to choose healthy branches with no signs of disease or pests for successful propagation.

Harvesting lemons at the right time, when they are fully ripe and have a vibrant yellow color, ensures the highest quality fruit with maximum flavor and juiciness.

Beyond their culinary uses, lemons have various household applications. They can be used as a natural cleaner, deodorizer, and even as a natural insect repellent due to their strong citrus scent.

Lemon’s magical attributes are rooted in folklore and superstition. It is often associated with purification, protection, and the enhancement of one’s psychic abilities, making it a popular ingredient in spiritual practices and rituals.


Lemon trees prefer a warm habitat, full sun, and no frost. Lucky for those of us who live where winter still happens, lemon trees can be grown indoors and there are dwarf varieties that fit nicely in large pots that you can bring indoors whenever the temperature dips below 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lemons prefer well-drained, slightly acid (but not too acid) soil. Mulch thickly, but don’t let the mulch touch the trunk. Water deeply weekly, but give your tree a good misting daily. Deadhead the flowers that appear for the first few years to give the tree a chance to establish its root system before it puts energy into making fruit.

Meyer lemons are recommended as a good variety for growing indoors.

If your tree is indoors all the time, you may need to artificially pollinate it to get fruit. Use a q-tip to move pollen from one flower to another.

Harvesting & Storage

Lemons are ripe when they are bright yellow and firm and smell marvelous.

They can be stored at room temperature for several days and for several weeks in the fridge. The peel can be dried on paper towels and stored in sealed jars for up to a year for use in cooking or potpourri. Leaves can be plucked as needed.

Household Use

Lemon trees make great bonsai specimens.

Lemon juice is a great rinse for hair and will gradually lighten hair if used regularly.

Show your kids how to use lemon to send secret messages to their friends. Write with a toothpick dipped in lemon juice and let it dry. Heat over a light bulb (or whatever) to make the message reappear!

Magical Attributes

Lemons resonate with the energy of the moon and the element of water. Lemons can be used to celebrate lunar deities and lemonade is especially good for summertime rituals.

Lemon juice is purifying and cleansing and can be used to that capacity in ritual, try using it as an asperge or using lemon bath products in your ritual bath. A lemon leaf can be added to bath tea for the same purpose. Either lemon oil can be added to wash water, or lemon leaf can be steeped in it to cleanse your home.

PurificationLemons are associated with purification and can be used in rituals or spells to cleanse and clear negative energies.
ClarityThe bright and uplifting scent of lemon is believed to enhance mental clarity and focus during meditation or spellwork.
AbundanceLemons are symbols of abundance and can be used in rituals or charms to attract prosperity and wealth.
ProtectionLemon peels or essential oil can be used for protection purposes, such as creating protective barriers or warding off negative energies.
Table 1: Lemon Magical Attributes

Lemon flowers are used in love spells and the rind can be added to baked goods prepared with loving intent.

The fruit can be used to turn away harmful spells or the evil eye.

Healing Attributes

The juice of one fresh, organic lemon mixed with six ounces of water is a wonderful cleansing and purifying tonic to be drunk twice a day! It helps with digestion by assisting in the cleansing of the entire digestive tract and can relieve bloating, indigestion, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. It is also a liver stimulant and helps cleanse the system of toxins, particularly uric acid. It is useful for rheumatism, excessive menstruation, asthma and supports the immune system during times of illness.

Served hot with a bit of honey, lemon water is a traditional remedy for all manner of colds, fevers, sore throats and general congestion.

Vitamin CLemons are a rich source of vitamin C, which supports immune function and helps in collagen synthesis.
AntioxidantsThe antioxidants in lemons help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals and promote overall health.
Digestive AidLemon juice can aid digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes and promoting healthy bowel movements.
Skin HealthThe natural acids in lemon juice can help exfoliate and brighten the skin, reducing dark spots and improving complexion.
DetoxificationLemons have diuretic properties that can support the body’s natural detoxification processes and promote kidney health.
Table 2: Lemon Healing Properties

Drinking lemon water regularly will ensure proper digestion of your food and absorption its nutrients.

Lemon water should be used instead of oral electrolyte solutions (like Pedialyte or Gatorade) for re-hydrating purposes because it works and it has less sugar.

Some people are sensitive to lemons. This may manifest as a headache or asthmatic symptoms. The acid in lemons is damaging to tooth enamel.

The Scent of Lemon

The distinctively citrus scent of lemon is clean, sharp, bright and uplifting. The scent of lemon helps to reduce blood pressure and increases concentration and improves the ability to memorize facts and figures. The scent of lemon in an office is said to reduce data entry and other errors. This fragrance is also helpful in decision-making.

The scent of lemon is best stored in essential oil form and may be added to massage oil or lotion and rubbed into the skin. The oil can also be dropped into an oil diffuser for ritual use. Lemon rind may also be added to potpourri.

Culinary Use

Lemons have a variety of culinary uses.

It is often used in beverages such as lemonade, tea, and lemon water.

Lemon juice sprinkled over other fruit or potatoes will prevent them from turning brown after they are cut and peeled.

Lemon juice is a traditional flavoring for fish, poultry and is also good in rice dishes. Try this instead of salt.

Lemon peels contain pectin, which helps set jams and jellies. They are also frequently added to candies, cookies, cakes, and other sweets.


Lemon Magic: 200 Beauty and Household Uses for Lemons and Lemon Juice
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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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