Citrus Essential Oil Family

Most people love the smell of citrus.  It’s uplifting, tangy aroma just makes us happy! It smells like Sunshine!

Most citrus originated in Asia, used in Ayurvedic, Chinese and Japanese medicine for thousands of years. It made its way to Europe and Africa thanks to the Moors, in particular a man called Ziryab (black singing bird in Arabic) who was an astronomer and scientist. He was aware of the benefits of good personal hygiene, and created deodorant, toothpaste and hair shampoo using fragrant oils from citrus fruits.

Once the health benefits of citrus came to be known in Europe, sailors brought the fruits to America and the Caribbean as they explored, and incorporated the citrus into their diets, with its high levels of Vitamin C proving useful to prevent scurvy.

Today, citrus essential oils are some of the most widely used worldwide. Most citrus essential oils are extracted from the peel that contains the aromatic essential oil, and most citrus oils are extracted by cold-pressing rather than steam-distilled like most other essential oils.

Which essential oils belong to the Citrus Family?

Bergamot, Orange, Citronella, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Grapefruit and Tangerine essential oils.

What do the Different Citrus Essential Oils have in Common?

Citrus essential oils have many properties and benefits in common, such as:

  • Skin: beneficial for anti-aging, acne, oily or dull skin, dermatitis, scars and stretch marks.
  • Insects: repel insects and treat the itching and inflammation from bites and stings.
  • Antioxidant: support the immune system, to fight colds and flu virus, bronchitis and fevers.
  • Digestive system: relieve diarrhea, constipation, and gas. Stimulate organs to work smoothly.
  • Circulatory system: stimulate function of organs, help detox the body.
  • Infections: they are antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and disinfectant.
  • Sedative and calming: relax muscles, arthritis and rheumatism, reduce stress and anxiety and promote peaceful feelings.
  • Energizing: Uplifting energy, promote happy, positive feelings.

How Do Citrus Oils Differ?

Although overall citrus oils have very similar properties, some are stronger, or are more effective at relieving certain symptoms or conditions than others. Here are some of the ways:

Bergamot: is the essence flavor in Earl Grey tea. It calms and restores your energy. Bergamot essential oil has a light citrus aroma, which makes it a great oil to help you get going in the morning or refresh your kitchen before dinner. The peel of the yellow-green, orange-shaped fruit is cold pressed to create the pure Young Living Bergamot oil found in homes around the world. Bergamot’s aroma is tart yet sweet and uplifting yet relaxing, making it a popular oil in perfumes, cosmetics, and lotions. In addition to its scent, Bergamot has attracted attention for its cleansing properties, and it’s often used as a luxurious ingredient in shampoos, soaps, and cleansers. You can also find Bergamot oil in Young Living blends such as Joy™Harmony™, and Acceptance™.Bergamot Vitality™ essential oil has a fresh, complex citrus taste that makes it the perfect addition to many summer dishes. With a distinctly tart finish, it can also liven up sugarless baked goods. The taste of the Bergamot Vitality is somewhere between a sour orange and lemon, making it a distinctive, zesty addition to seafood recipes.

Alpha Pinene and Limonene found in Bergamot are known for their anti-depressant and stimulant properties—abundant in bergamot oil. These naturally rich components are known to improve circulation, thus giving a sense of freshness and energy.

Bergamot is known to inhibit the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which helps in reducing LDL i.e. bad cholesterol and also dilates the blood vessels, thus helping in lowering the blood pressure! Heart healthy!

Orange: Orange (Citrus aurantium dulcis) essential oil has a sweet, bright aroma reminiscent of a blossoming orchard of orange trees. Start your day with an uplifting burst of liquid sunshine by diffusing Orange as you get ready in the morning (or drinking a few drops in your water. You can fill any space with a sense of peace, harmony, and creativity. Orange is delightful on its own, or you can combine it with complementary oils such as Grapefruit, Cinnamon, Neroli, and Patchouli.

Citronella: is well known for it’s insect repellant properties. Among its many other properties it’s an antibacterial and antiseptic.

Citronella oil is steam distilled from the leafy parts of the citronella plant, also known as Cymbopogon nardus. Thanks to its fresh, welcoming aroma, Citronella essential oil is a common element in perfumes and cosmetic products and is well known for its use in outdoor candles, sprays, lotions, and other camping and outdoor essentials.

As a relative of Lemongrass, Citronella has a slight citrus scent that provides a pleasant and inviting experience whenever it’s used. Its versatility makes it a great household product to add to your beauty routine or to refresh indoor and outdoor spaces.

Lemon: brings both low blood pressure and high blood pressure into normal balance.Lemon essential oil is cold-pressed from the rinds of lemons, giving its aroma all the brightness of the freshly picked fruit. Cheerful, sweet, and nostalgic, Lemon oil can eliminate odors and infuse your whole home with its clean, lemon-drop scent when diffused.With its bright and joyful aroma, Lemon oil benefits skin and hair as much as its aroma benefits your environment. Your teens can add a drop to their evening moisturizer to reduce the appearance of blemishes, while you can add it to your conditioner for an aromatic treat that smoothes and shines the look of your hair. Because some citrus oils like Lemon can cause photosensitivity, avoid applying to exposed skin before spending time outside.This oil is a key ingredient in many hair and skin care products, Thieves® cleaning products, and essential oil blends such as Thieves®, Citrus Fresh™, Clarity™, Joy™ and Harmony™.

Lemon Vitality essential oil has a zesty, citrus flavor that is perfect to add to savory or sweet dishes, making it a must-have in any kitchen. Lemon trees are small evergreens that are thought to have first grown in northeast India. Once the fruit is
picked, the oil is distilled by cold pressing the rinds of the lemon. It takes approximately 25 lemons to create one 5-ml bottle of Lemon Vitality essential oil.
Lemon Vitality is a key ingredient in Thieves®, NingXia Red®, and Inner Defense

Lemongrass: has a light and fresh lemony smell. It is stimulating, relaxing, soothing, and balancing.Lemongrass Vitality™ essential oil (Cymbopogon flexuosus) not only invigorates senses with its bright, lemony scent, but it can also support wellness when taken as a dietary supplement in a gel capsule or as an addition to drinks.The delicate citrus flavor of Lemongrass Vitality oil complements many dishes—especially Asian recipes—and can be incorporated into your seasonings for meals in various cuisines. To keep hydrated while enjoying the benefits of Lemongrass Vitality, add a couple of drops to a glass of water or a hot cup of complementing tea for a zip of flavor.Lemongrass Vitality™ essential oil is a powerful ingredient in the DiGize™ essential oil blend, Essentialzymes-4™ supplement, and MultiGreens™ capsules. You will find Lemongrass in  En-R-Gee™Ortho Ease® Massage Oil, and Ortho Sport® Massage Oil

Lime: powerful for skin care, especially for treating acne, fading scars and stretch marks. If you’re feeling uninspired, try diffusing Lime oil for a bright, refreshing aroma that may clear a path to greater creativity. This quality also makes Lime a great choice for diffusing in classrooms and children’s play areas. Lime can also support radiant skin! Try adding a couple of drops to your favorite nighttime moisturizer for healthier-looking skin.

Young Living Lime Vitality oil is versatile and concentrated, making it an important ingredient in one of our most popular blends, Stress Away™. Whether you’re stirring it into drinks for a bright burst of flavor or giving your food a little extra citrus zip, Lime Vitality essential oil is a welcome kick of summer that you can enjoy year-round.

Neroli: Most potent aroma, with floral notes, wonderful for fragrances and aromatherapy. Extracted from orange blossoms, Neroli has a citrusy, floral scent. In ancient times, it was highly regarded for its uplifting aroma.

Grapefruit: Highly effective for obesity, water retention and stimulates digestion.It has a reputation for aiding in cleansing and detoxifying your body while also acting as a diuretic.  It also supports a healthy cardiovascular system and when used on the skin it helps to combat the natural effects of aging, such as loss of toning.  It is believed to help reduce anxiety as well as and boost natural immunity.  When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, grapefruit taken internally can help support your weight management plan.Many essential oil enthusiasts believe that grapefruit essential oil helps burn excess fat during weight loss and both apply it diluted directly to the areas of concern and mixing a drop with drinking water or a similar beverage.  It can be diluted and applied to your skin for a smooth, healthy looking glow.  Grapefruit essential oil can be combined with other essential oils to create a skin-toning massage oil or sugar scrub.

Tangerine: Best for calming children and teens, especially for naps and bedtime. Tangerine essential oil (Citrus reticulata) is extracted by cold pressing the rind of the tangerine fruit. Tangerines, which are part of the Rutaceae family, likely originated in Southeast Asia and have since spread to subtropical areas around the world. Like the fresh citrus fruit, Tangerine oil is loved by children and adults alike, with its delightfully sweet aroma that can create a happy, contented mindset.

Because of its appealing aroma, Tangerine oil uses include a wealth of topical and aromatic applications. Use its cleansing benefits in your morning skin care routine for an added boost or apply it to your temples before study time or meditation. Its fragrant, calming aroma also makes it an important part of Young Living favorites such as Peace & Calming®Joy™, and Citrus Fresh™.

It fine-tunes metabolic functions such as decomposition of food and absorption of nutrients by toning up the liver, stomach, and intestines. It also helps in growth and adds to strength; ensures proper excretion; promotes secretions of the endocrine system and also tones up the nervous system to keep you alert and active.  It boosts the immune system.

You might enjoy the combination of the blend Citrus Fresh (Orange, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Tangerine, and Lemon oils with a shot of Spearmint) It’s delicious! You can read more about it HERE

TIP: Many citrus essential oils can cause phototoxicity if you have prolonged exposure to UV Rays within 12-18 hours of using the essential oil. Phototoxicity means an inflammation-causing reaction that leaves skin sunburned, reddened, and even blistered. So either wait until you come back inside to use your citrus oils topically, or be sure to dilute them with coconut, sweet almond or jojoba oil, and use YL mineral sunscreen.

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