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Best Ways to Use Citrus Essential Oils

Fresh, bright and tangy! Everyone loves the smell of citrus. Learn the best ways to use citrus essential oils to revive your skin, space and spirit.

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Learn the Varied Uses and Benefits of Citrus Essential Oils

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Make a wooden furniture polishing oil by mixing 18 drops lemon essential oil with 1 fluid ounce jojoba oil. Test on a small area before applying to the entire surface.

Make a refrigerator refresher by mixing 1 teaspoon lemon essential oil into 1 cup of baking soda. Set in a glass dish in your fridge.

Freshen the air in your home by mixing 24 drops sweet orange essential oil and 2 fluid ounces of water in a glass mist bottle. Shake and spray.

Freshen up your washing machine between uses by mixing ¼ cup baking soda and 25 drops sweet orange essential oil. Run through a small wash cycle.

Keep household drains fresh by dispensing several drops of your favorite citrus essential oil into each drain.

Understanding the chemistry of the top 9 citrus essential oils is important so you can use them safely and reap their benefits. Even though citrus essential oils like lime, grapefruit and lemon hail from sunny climes and have a fresh, sweet, summery aroma, using them in applications directly on your skin during exposure to the summer sunshine isn't recommended as a general rule.

A compound in citrus oils called bergaptene has the potential to increase the skin's susceptibility to the burning and skin-damaging effects of ultraviolet rays:

  • Bergamot and lime contain a lot of bergaptene, so use these oils in diffusions or air fresheners but not on the skin.
  • Bergamot BF and distilled lime, however, have had the bergaptene removed, so are safe to use on the skin in body care products and applications.
  • Lemon and grapefruit essential oils can contain moderate amounts of bergaptene, so should be avoided in body care applications, at least in the case of leave-on products like body lotions, oils or perfumes.
  • Mandarin orange, sweet orange and tangerine essential oils contain negligible amounts of bergaptene and can be used in body care products and applications. Of course, we recommend that you do not use any essential oils undiluted on your skin.

Top 9 Citrus Essential Oils Guide

Oil Aroma Benefit Uses
Sweet Orange

Fresh, fruity; like a freshly peeled orange

Cheering, calming, purifying, cleansing, easing, uplifting

Home Care: diffusion, crafts

Home Cleaning: surface cleaners and scrubs, carpet and fabric powders

Body Care: sugar and coffee scrubs, soap and gel cleansers

Lemon

Clean, fruity, fresh; like a freshly squeezed lemon

Fortifying, purifying, cleansing, uplifting, refreshing

Home Care: air fresheners, room sprays

Home Cleaning: dish soap, window cleaner and furniture polish

Body Care: soaps and cleansers

Grapefruit Fresh, bittersweet, pithy, fruity; like a freshly halved grapefruit Cleansing, clarifying, energizing

Home Care: diffusion, crafts

Home Cleaning: dish soap, surface cleaners and scrubs

Body Care: soaps, cleansers and scrubs

Bergamot, BF

Fruity, rosewood, spicy; like a coriander seed

Easing, uplifting, cheering, inspiring, cooling

Home Care: diffusion, room sprays and air fresheners

Home Cleaning: dish soap, surface cleaners and scrubs, and carpet and fabric cleaners

Body Care: hand and body soaps, cleansers, scrubs, colognes and deodorants

Bergamot, Natural Fruity, spicy, green; like cologne Uplifting, cheering, inspiring Home Care: diffusion, room sprays and air fresheners
Lime

Sweet, delicate; like a freshly sliced wedge of lime

Uplifting, cheering, inspiring Home Care: diffusion, room sprays and air fresheners
Lime, Distilled

Intense lime peel; like a lime candy

Uplifting, cheering, inspiring

Home Care: diffusion, room sprays and air fresheners

Home Cleaning: dish soap, surface cleaners and scrubs, and carpet and fabric cleaners

Body Care: hand and body soaps, cleansers, scrubs, colognes and deodorants

Tangerine Tangy, fruity; like a freshly peeled and sectioned tangerine Cleansing, clarifying, cheering, uplifting

Home Care: diffusion, air fresheners

Home Cleaning: surface cleaners

Body Care: soaps and cleansers

Mandarin Orange Floral, fruity; like neroli Calming, easing, balancing, uplifting

Home Care: diffusion, air fresheners

Home Cleaning: surface cleaners

Body Care: soaps cleansers and perfumes

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