Citrus Oils: Budget Friendly Versatility

Citrus oils are some of the oils that I use practically everyday.  I love the way they smell and I LOVE the way they make me feel! They are real workhorses in the cleaning department, too!

Generally speaking, the citrus oils are HAPPY OILS.  They are also usually well tolerated by those who do not like the scent of essential oils.  My husband, for example, used to complain every time he caught a whiff of almost any essential oil.  Citrus oils were the exception.  He didn’t say a word, and neither did I! ;)

Another nifty thing about citrus oils is they contain limonene, a molecule that has been studied for its health supporting actions:

Antitumorigenic effects of limonene and perillyl alcohol against pancreatic and breast cancer.

Prevention and therapy of cancer by dietary monoterpenes.

Cancer Chemoprevention and Therapy by Monoterpenes

  • Tangerine oil – 90-97% limonene
  • Grapefruit oil – 88-95% limonene
  • Orange oil – 85-96% limonene
  • Lemon oil – 59-73% limonene

Off the top of my head, here are a few of my favorite ways to use these oils:

Lemon:

  • Removes adhesive and sticker residue
  • When eating out, add a few drops to your water to neutralize chlorine & other nasties
  • Removes black scuff marks from hardwood floors
  • Add to water when cleaning fresh berries to get rid of any bacteria or tiny bugs
  • Add to any cleaning solution to increase the cleansing action

Grapefruit:

  • Add a few drops to sparkling water for a delicious zero calorie refresher
  • OR add 4 – 6 drops to a 1 qt. bottle of drinking water.  Re-purpose those empty NingXia Red bottles!

Orange:

  • Removes adhesives
  • Twice a week add a drop of orange oil to a bit of baking soda, scoop it up with your toothbrush and brush away.  The oil whitens and the baking soda is a mild abrasive.  The rest of the week use your favorite Dentarome Toothpaste.
  • Add to hot tea or hot chocolate.
  • I grab this oil when I need a mood boost in the presence of those who complain about fragrances.

Tangerine:

  • Diffuse with lavender for a soothing atmosphere
  • Add a couple of drops to NingXia Red
  • Add to freshly juiced veggies to “brighten” the flavor of the juice.
  • Toss a few drops into a bowl of washed, stemmed seedless grapes.  YUM!

When using essential oils, quality does matter.  That is why I use and recommend Young Living’s essential oils exclusively.

What are your favorite ways to use these oils?

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About Melissa Boice

My name is Melissa Boice. My mother introduced me to therapeutic-grade essential oils 18 years ago. I am so glad she did! Joy and Forgiveness immediately helped me cope with the emotional roller coaster I was living on. After experiencing the power of the oils, I was hooked! Now, I have a successful business as I share what I have learned over the years. Young Living has truly brought Joy and Abundance to my life.
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