Ways to Use Citrus Essential Oils
You may have heard a lot about citrus essential oils, but weren’t sure just how they could be used. Here are the top four citrus oils with some of the most popular ways they are used.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot has an aroma that’s a little bit tart and a little bit sweet. Most find it uplifting and relaxing at the same time. Although known for its nice scent, it is an oil used frequently in cosmetics, lotions and perfumes. There is one caution when applying bergamot, it can cause photosensitivity. Don’t apply the oil directly before spending time outdoors.
- A few drops of bergamot in lotions or massage oils can help relieve muscle tension. Add only a drop or two at a time until it is the desired strength.
- One part bergamot and five parts aloe vera gel makes an effective acne remedy. Bergamot is anti-fungal and antiseptic. This remedy can be used for acne, eczema, athlete’s foot and fungal skin infections. Apply it twice daily and dilute it if there is any sign of skin irritation.
- Bergamot essential oil can be diffused to create an uplifting environment.
- Use bergamot in homemade cleaners to give them a pleasant aroma.
Lemon Essential Oil
The aroma of lemon oil is bright and joyful. It can be beneficial for skin and hair as well as lightening the environment. It’s often used in a diffuser to help eliminate odors and freshen the air.
- Added to a humidifier or diffuser, lemon oil can help ease respiratory problems.
- Diffuse lemon oil if you feel a little down or depressed. It’s a natural pick-me-up.
- Want to see your dishes sparkle? Add a little bit of lemon oil to dishwasher soap.
- Lemon oil is a good de-gummer, especially if you have gum in your hair.
Lime Essential Oil
Lime oil has a bright, refreshing scent. It is often diffused, but can also be used in a variety of skin care products. Lime is used in many different blends because of its light scent. Use caution when applying lime essential oil to the skin as it can cause photosensitivity.
- Lime oil can be used to clean white boards. One drop at a time can help remove marker and crayon buildup.
- One drop of lime essential oil mixed with two drops of coconut oil can be used for deodorant. It is not an antiperspirant, but it is an effective deodorant.
- Lime oil and lemon oil can be added to warm water and gargled to bring sore throat relief.
Orange Essential Oil
The fragrance of orange essential oil provides a sense of peace, creativity and harmony. It offers a peaceful, yet sweet aroma. It is useful on its own, but often used with a variety of other complementary oils like grapefruit or lemon.
- Orange oil is usually stimulating and uplifting, however for many it has a nice, calming effect. Diffuse it when you are restless or need to sleep.
- Massage orange essential oil on your stomach to help relieve an upset stomach.
- Breathe in the fresh aroma of orange oil to help calm down our nervous system. Rub a drop between your hands and cup your hands around your nose to alleviate stressful feelings.
White Grapefruit Essential Oil
White grapefruit essential oil has a fresh citrus scent, that can be a little bit bitter, just like the fruit. It has a variety of uses and can be used with other blends. It blends well with other citrus oils, but also works well with spice oils like rosemary and lavender.
- Diffuse white grapefruit oil to ease congestion and to brighten the mood. It’s often thought of as an energizer. It can also help curb food cravings.
- Use it as a hair tonic. Can help aid hair growth and encourage strong hair, or to treat dandruff.
- When traveling, inhaling white grapefruit oil can help ease jet lag.
By Mary Olinger