With that said, citrus oils are still a fabulous addition to any oil collection no matter how you want to use them! With so many oils to choose from, its hard to know which ones are best to use so here are our recommendations for the top 5 citrus oils to try out in 2019!
Bergamot is cold pressed from the peel of the bergamot orange fruit. It has a fresh, citrus aroma in between lemon and lime and is one of the most common citrus oils found in perfumery because it blends well with so many other aromas. This oil is said to be calming for anxiety, fatigue, and stress. It has natural bug repelling properties as well as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and deodorizing. While Bergamot is one citrus oil that can cause photosensitivity, it is very often used in skin care to help balance oily skin, prevent acne, and help relieve skin irritations. TRY IT →
This citrus oil is sweet and tangy! Clementine smells amazing when combined with a floral like geranium, lavender, or rosewood. This fruit is a cross between a mandarin and an orange, so it has a very similar aroma to an orange citrus oil. The oil comes from pressing the peel of the fruit. Like Bergamot, this oil is said to be calming for anxiety and relaxing for the mind and body, possibly helping to promote sleepiness. It's aroma is calm and uplifting without being stimulating. TRY IT →
Grapefruit is a bright, cheery citrus oil that smells sweet, tart, and fresh! When inhaled, this oil is uplifting for the emotions and helps relieve stress. It is often used in toners for the skin because of its astringent properties and because it helps balance oily skin types. Because of its toning abilities, some people use it for cellulite and water retention as well. Graepfruit oil may also be helpful for reducing appetite! A study done on mice showed that when this oil was inhaled, the mice showed reduced appetite, lower consumption levels, and lighter body weight. It's even said to be helpful for hangovers! TRY IT →
Mandarin oil is cold pressed from the peel of the mandarin fruit. Its aroma is sweet, orange-y, and soothing. It helps promote calmness and deep relaxation, making it possibly beneficial for insomnia. Because of its constituents, Mandarin may be helpful for the skin for acne issues, oily skin, cellulite, and rejuvenating dull skin. It smells great as a linen spray and because of its sedative properties, may be great to use on bedding or diffused in the bedroom. TRY IT →
Tangerine is another orange-y smelling citrus oil. It is has a sweet, tangy, and clean aroma. Tangerines are similar to Mandarins and have a similar make up. It has antispetic properties and helps kill bacteria as well as anti-inflammatory properties. Its aroma promotes tranquility when inhaled, calming tension, stress, anxiety, and fatigue. Like other citrus oils, it can help balance oily skin, balance skin moisture, and work as a toner. It's great in hair care as well because of its antifungal and antiseptic properties to help dry scalp and dandruff issues. TRY IT →
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