dōTERRA citrus oils

doTERRA citrus oils

Citrus oils. If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I love these gorgeous bottles of joy. Starting an essential oils class by sharing Wild Orange, the Oil of Abundance, is a beautiful way to introduce guests to one of dōTERRA’s best selling oils and prepare the senses for delights to come.

Wild Orange is 250 drops of awesomeness for only $14 (wholesale). In fact, one of the many great things about the dōTERRA citrus oils is they are reasonably priced.

All citrus oils come from the rind of the fruit and are produced using cold expression, also known as cold-pressing. The most notable similarity between the six citrus essential oils is their ability to affect the emotions. Most of these oils, including Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, and Wild Orange can help uplift your mood or your energy levels. On the other hand, Bergamot is calming and soothing to the emotions.

The best way to use citrus oils for mood or emotional balance is to use them topically on the back of your neck or the bottom of your feet, or aromatically in a diffuser. Lemon, Lime, and Wild Orange also are excellent at purifying the air when diffused.

dōTERRA therapeutic grade citrus essential oils can be taken internally, whether in water (always in glass or stainless steel) or in cooking. Please only use dōTERRA therapeutic grade essential oils if taking internally.

Kumquat, Red Mandarin and the Sunny Citrus blend are currently available as a trio via the US warehouse and definitely worth investing in if you are a citrus fan. Citrus Bliss is a divine blend of all the citrus oils with a hint of vanilla, while the Purify blend is a powerful cleanser of unpleasant odors.

Citrus oils blend well with pretty much everything, however, they are classified as top notes, so it’s a good idea to blend with a middle and base note for balance. If you’d like to read more about the art of blending essential oils, you can learn more on my blending page here.

doTERRA citrus oils

Safety hints when using citrus oils:
Although you can use citrus oils topically, be sure to avoid sunlight for 12 hours after when applying the oil directly to your skin, whether neat or diluted for sensitive skin, due to photosensitization.

Photosensitization is the process in which ultraviolet (UV) radiation combines with a particular substance and causes chemical or biological changes. Some essential oils contain furocoumarins, a special class of constituent that can cause photosensitization of the skin. The most commonly found furocoumarins in essential oils are bergapten and oxypeucedanin. The chemical structure of these molecules (and their metabolites) allows them to form cross-links with skin cell DNA, in turn making the skin especially susceptible to UV radiation. During the process, free radicals and singlet oxygen are also formed and can inflict damage on cellular membranes, organelles, and proteins. If exposed to sunlight (which gives off UV radiation) after topical application of a photosensitive oil, the skin may become temporarily darkly pigmented, red, or irritated.

Photosensitivity and phototoxicity apply to topical use of essential oils only and do not pose the same risks when used internally. When using a photosensitive essential oil topically, avoidance of sunlight is recommended for up to 12 hours after use.

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