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Lemon Symbolism in Dreams

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When life gives you lemons…it is a good idea to know why! Today we’ll explore lemon symbolism and explain the dream interpretation for this zesty citrus fruit.

In order to understand what lemons symbolize, it’s helpful to think about the fruit and it’s properties and history. Lemons are often used in cooking and flavoring dishes, but did you know this fruit can also have symbolic and spiritual significance?

The History of Lemon

Lemons are believed  to have originated in Asian regions, starting when Citron fruits cross pollinated with oranges to give us the hybrid citrus we know and love as lemons today. 

These fruits were brought to the Mediterranean regions and quickly became a status symbol for the exotic and rare. In early Roman times, the fruit was reserved primarily for the wealthy and ruling classes.

Historians and scientists believe Spanish explorers and conquistadors brought the Lemon to the Americas, and today they are considered to be a household staple in many kitchens. 

Lemon Tree

What Does it Mean to Dream About a Lemon?

Lemons are sour fruits, but they can be used to make a number of delicious desserts and to flavor all kinds of foods.

When we see a lemon in our dream, it’s a reminder that sometimes things in life can be unpleasant but it is important to look at everything as a whole. Lemons are not “good” or “bad” – they just are.

What it Means to Dream About Lemons

Fresh New Outlook

Lemon is a common scent used in household cleaning products. We often associate lemons with cleaning and starting new things.

When we are eating or drinking something that has lemon in it, especially something sweet such as lemonade, we are being encouraged to look at things from a new perspective.

To see lemons in your dream can mean that you are ready for a new beginning. It may be time to say “out with the old, in with the new.”


No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” This expression means that when you are faced with a problem, the best thing to do is to look at it from a different perspective and come out on top of it.

Life can be hard sometimes, but lemons aren’t always sour – sometimes they are sweet. It’s important for us to take the time to enjoy life and be positive when we get lemon dreams.

Man Watering Lemons


So many times we see videos of babies all excited to try lemons for the first time only for their faces to pucker up when they realize how sour the lemon tastes, despite how good it smells.

Lemons can also be a sign that you need to reconsider some decisions you have made recently. It may be time to clear your heads and give everything some time to set in.

Sometimes the lemon appears in our dream to make us think about what we have done – or did not do – in life. It is all too easy for us to linger in the past and think about our mistakes. Dreaming about a lemon can be a cue for you to finally work on moving on and enjoying life in the present moment.

Eating a Lemon in Your Dream

Eating in dreams means that we are looking for a way to nurture ourselves. If you are eating a lemon, it signifies that you are looking for a way to cleanse yourself and do good things for yourself.

You might be ready to start something new and adventurous, but you need to first make sure you are ready to let go of the past.

Throwing Lemons

If you dream about throwing lemons at someone or something, this means that you are feeling spiteful. You might be harboring a lot of resentment or negative feelings and need a way to express how you really feel.

You are likely feeling bitter about something in your life. Maybe you are upset about something someone said, or you feel like you are being treated unfairly.

It’s important to remember that feeling bitter is not going to solve any of our problems. If your dream about a lemon is a negative one, it’s a good possibility that you need to work on letting go of the things that are bothering you.

Walking or Tripping on Lemons

To see lemons spilled on the floor means that you are feeling wasteful about something in your life. Maybe you recently went on a spending spree and maxed out your budget, or maybe you feel guilty about having something you don’t feel like you really deserve.

To walk on a lemon means that you are at risk for saying something that you would later regret.

To trip on a lemon means that you are being careless, or even reckless. You may be making poor decisions in life.

You may be struggling to feel good about yourself and find the good in life. If this is the case, remember that you can always find a silver lining on any cloud.

If you dream of lemons, you may see obstacles in your path. The dream is telling you to be delicate with the things that are important in your life.

Making Lemonade

Lemonade in a dream means you are doing something new and refreshing. You are feeling creative and exploring new ideas.

You may not always have an easy life, but you have one of the most important things: a positive attitude!

Lemonade Stand Dream

If you dream of opening up a lemonade stand, this means your creative juices are flowing and that you need to bring your ideas to the world.

To dream about lemonade in front of a store or other business means that you are thinking about starting something new but are uncertain about how to go about it. Maybe you just started thinking about starting your own business, or maybe you have been having ideas in your head for a while and want to put them down on paper.

Remember that you are always the best person to interpret your dreams. Ask yourself these questions:

What resonates with me in this article and why?
Do I feel any feelings of bitterness or resentment towards someone?
Am I optimistic about the future?

Did you have a dream about a lemon? Share it and your dream interpretation for lemons with us in the comments section below!

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