6 Citrus essential oils and their benefits to your health
#1 – Grapefruit Essential oil – Pure grapefruit essential oil is cold pressed from the rind to extract the essential oil. Grapefruit essential oil has many health benefits such as being a diuretic for water retention as well as an antioxidant. Some of the many health benefits of Grapefruit essential oil are for weight loss, taken internally with a veggie capsule you can break down fat, reduce cravings for sugar or ease symptoms of a hangover. Grapefruit essential oil can also be helpful if you tend to swell up during your monthly cycle. You can apply Grapefruit citrus essential oil to your breasts & abdomen to help with water retention symptoms.
#2 – Wild Orange Essential oil– Orange essential oil is cold pressed from the rind to extract the essential oil from the citrus fruit. Wild Orange essential oil citrus scent is very uplifting and energizing making it a health benefit for anyone who may experience S.A.D in the winter months, or have symptoms of sadness and depression. This orange citrus oil has many emotional benefits for anxiety or fear as well as nervousness. It may be helpful to create a roller bottle with this essential oil and some coconut application oil. Be cautious where you are placing this orange essential oil on your body as you should avoid sunlight for 12 hours if you have placed the essential oil on tropically.
#3 Lime Essential Oil– Lime essential oil is another citrus essential oil that is cold pressed from the rind of the fruit. This may be an essential oil that you haven’t consider to support your health. Lime juice was once drunk by sailors to prevent scurvy. But not only this but Lime essential oil can be taken internally with a glass of water to help with urinary tract infections as well as a gargle with water to help with a sore throat. If you have children you may find this citrus essential oil helpful in preventing head lice.
#4 – Lemon Essential oil– Lemon essential oil is also a citrus fruit that is cold pressed to extract the essential oil from the rind of the fruit. Lemon oil is used in many household cleaners for the fresh uplifting scent as well as the antibacterial properties in lemon essential oil makes it perfect for creating your DIY homemade cleaners. Lemon essential oil is perfect for allergies season when it is combined with lavender essential oil and peppermint essential oil. Lemon Essential oil is also handy for students that need support studying and staying focused at school.
#5 – Bergamot Essential oil- You may or may not be familiar with Bergamot. It is part of the citrus family and it is somewhat like a cross between an orange and lemon-lime. If you have ever drank a cup of earl grey tea you may notice the same scent in your tea as this citrus essential oil. Like all the other citrus essential oils I have mentioned above, this essential oil is created in the same fashion by cold pressing the rind of the fruit. Bergamot essential oil is a wonderful citrus essential oil to have on hand for digestive discomforts, Probably more useful to support your health if you are an athlete as bergamot essential oil has many anti-inflammatory benefits for joint and muscle issues. You can use this essential oil topically on an area of your body you have discomfort or you may choose to take this internally. Always ensure you are using a 100% pure essential oil and that you read the guidelines and labels of the essential oil you choose to purchase to ensure it is safe for internal use.
#6 – Tangerine essential oil– Tangerine essential oil is an essential oil that is best supported for your health with the benefits of other essential oils. Tangerine essential oil can be a laxative if you are having trouble having a bowel movement or have a constipated baby, you could gently massage this over the intestinal area with some coconut application oil. During cold and flu season this citrus essential oil pairs well with peppermint essential oil for congestion. Tangerine essential oil would also work well in our cool mist diffuser to help support an uplifting and cheerful mood.
How to use Citrus essential oils to support your health.
Tropical application. I would suggest that you always use a carrier oil such as coconut oil before you apply any essential oils to your skin. There are a few reasons why this makes good practice to get into. One, a coconut application oil will help you cover more skin area and spread the essential oil out more evenly. This will save you money. Also 100% pure essential oils are very potent and a little bit goes a long way. Many essential oils say you can be added to the skin directly without dilution but that may increase your chance of skin sensitivity.
You can premake your essential oil blends up ahead of time and store them in roller bottles, eye dropper bottles or spray bottles depending on the intended way you plan to use them. Make sure you place a label on your bottle with the ratio of essential oils, what essential oils were used and what you intended the essential oil blend to be used for. I know for myself I have so many bottles of essential oil blends or DIY projects I’ve created I couldn’t possibly remember what is what so I have labels on everything.
Diffusing Essential oils. I’m a big fan of diffusing essential oils. I always have a diffuser going in our home. I like the Isagenix cool mist diffuser because it has a 12-hour setting and so the essential oil diffuser will go for 2 minutes on and 2 minutes off on a 12 hour rotation and keep my essential oils going all day. Diffusing essential oils is a great way to continuously get the benefits of the essential oils, but you don’t always have to have a diffuser. You can choose to wear aromatherapy jewelry such as a diffuser bracelet or an essential oil diffuser necklace, lava beads are also a popular way to diffuse essential oils. We even used a USB diffuser in our truck when we drove to Florida to keep us awake and alert with peppermint essential oil.
Ingesting essential oils internally – I want to seriously caution you when considering ingesting essential oils. Not all essential oils are created equal, some are not 100% pure and I highly recommend you read the essential oil bottles for warning labels and contact the manufacturer before taking anything internally. That being said, may essential oils are approved for consumption. I personally but my essential oils in an empty veggie capsule and swallow them with water. Some people prefer to just add the drops of essential oils to a glass of water directly. Some essential oils are also used in recipes for cooking and preparing meals.
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