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​10 Creative Ways to Use Citrus Essential Oils to Brighten Up Your Day

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When life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade-- try making a grease-cutting cleaner, a refreshing insect repellant or any number of creative uses for citrus essential oils. You may already know of the many health perks of citrus fruits, however people often overlook the powerful benefits of the essential oil found in the peel or rind. From beauty applications to boosting your mood, citrus oils can deliver the essence of sunshine to you all year around.

Young Living’s most popular essential oils made from citrus fruit:

Essential oils made from botanicals that smell and/or taste like citrus:


1. Create a powerful and fragrant cleaner:

Easily cut through grease and grime, clean glass, polish wood or stainless steel, make copper pots shine and even tackle built-up mineral deposits. Just add 5-10 drops of your favorite citrus oil to every 3 oz of water and 1 oz of vinegar.

2. Make a zesty flavoring:

Flavor any beverage or cuisine with the special kick of citrus. The extracted essential oil is quite potent so a few drops go a long way. To balance out the bitterness of citrus oil add sugar or stevia for a hint of sweetness. Lemongrass also has a strong lemony taste that is commonly used in commercial foods like cheesecake and sherbet.

3. Deodorize your work or home while boosting your mood:

Citrus oil 1 and lemongrass 2 have an aromatic fragrance that is gender neutral, invigorating, and offers many therapeutic benefits such as boosting mood or curbing everyday stress.  Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water, or use a diffuser.

4. Create a therapeutic soap:

Use citrus oil, lemongrass or lemon myrtle to create a cleansing soap bar with an invigorating scent. Try it with Young Living’s shower gel base >

Use directly on acne blemishes as spot treatment, or mix with V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex. This will help balance the skin, deep-clean pores and minimize oil production to help promote healthy skin. This will help tone and balance the skin, while minimizing oil production to help promote healthy skin.3 4

5. Support respiratory health:

Add lemon myrtle, lemongrass or citrus oils to tea or water to soothe and help support respiratory health. 5

6. Purify your body and tone your skin:

Add a few drops of your favorite citrus oil or lemongrass to water or tea for a purifying drink. 6 Some citrus oils-- including lemon, grapefruit, and orange oils-- help support the liver and the lymphatic system, which are a crucial part of your body’s detoxifying system. These oils can help with fluid retention and circulation in order to promote smooth and toned skin. Add one or more of these oils to V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex and massage into skin.

7. Support the digestive system and help alleviate nausea:

Lemongrass has been shown to support the digestive system. 8 Inhaling the fragrance of citrus oil has been shown to help alleviate nausea.9

8. Repel bugs:

Citrus oils contain d-limonene which acts as an insect repellent. In fact, citrus oil is used by some modern-day pest control professionals. 10  

9. Keep fruit fresh:

To preserve your fruit, spray it with diluted citrus oil.

10. Lighten with the power of citrus fruit:

Some citrus oils (such as lemon, lime, grapefruit, or bitter orange) are photosensitive, which means the oil reacts to sunlight. You can use this to your advantage in small doses if you want to lighten your hair but keep sun exposure to a minimum. Use to lighten skin spots due to age or to whiten teeth, but be sure to stay out of the sun at length to avoid damage by photoirritation.*


*Citrus oils can cause skin irritation when exposed to light. It can also cause skin irritation to people with sensitive skin.

Also Note: Citrus oils should be held in glass containers, as they are a very strong concentrate. Do not use containers that are susceptible to corrosion such as styrofoam or thin plastics.

1 Komori T, Fujiwara R, Tanida M, et al.: Effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depressive states- PubMed - NCBI. Neuroimmunomodulation 2 (3): 174-80, 1995 May-Jun. National Library of Medicine. National Institute of Health. 21 Apr 2022 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8646568>.

2 Costa, CA., et al.The GABAergic system contributes to the anxiolytic-like effect of essential oil from Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass).- PubMed- NCBI. 1 Sep 2011. National Library of Medicine. National Institute of Health. 21 Apr 2022 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21767622>.

3 Sinha, Priyam., et al. New Perspectives on Antiacne Plant Drugs: Contribution to Modern Therapeutics -PubMed- NCBI. 24 Jul 2014. National Library of Medicine. National Institute for Health. 21 Apr 2022 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4132408/>.

4 Ryman, Daniele. Aromatherapy, The Complete Guide to Plant and Flower Essences for Health and Beauty. (Bantam: New York, 1991), pg 150.

5 ibid, pg 147.

6 ibid, pg 149.

7 ibid, pg 146.

8 Mahomoodally, Mohamad Fawzi and Luviksha Drushilla Muthoorah. An ethnopharmacological survey of natural remedies used by the Chinese community in Mauritiu. May 2014. US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. 21 Apr 2015 <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025351/>.

9 Yavari Kia P, Safajou F, Shahnazi M, Et Al. The effect of lemon inhalation aromatherapy on nausea and vomiting of pregnancy: a double-blinded, randomized, controlled clinical trial. Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014;16(3):e14360. [AromaticScience.com]

10 Orange oil. Exterminetics. 31 Mar 2022 <http://www.exterminetics.com/Termite%20Control%20Products/Orange%20Oil.htm>.