It is rainy today here in Idaho! When the clouds roll in, I am often tempted to snuggle in for the day and read a good book. However, as good as it sounds, I have things to do! As a busy mom involved in a lot of different things, I need to be productive. So, on those rainy days, I put my essential oils to work. My favorites to lift mood are my citrus oils. Here's my theory: Citrus oils like lemon, wild orange, lime, bergamot, and grapefruit come from sunny, warm, happy places. So, when I need some sunshine, I put these oils to use.
How do I use them? Aromatically! The power of smell is amazing! By simply smelling an essential oils you are able to change/interupt the chemicals in the brain. Citrus oils are naturally uplifting and invigorating. Put your citrus oils in a diffuser to get them into the air or put a drop or two in your hands, rub them together, breathe in deeply, rub on your neck and back of the neck, and relax. Aahhhh! Isn't that great!!
Let's look at these oils individually and see if we see a common trend:
Bergamot is the most delicate of the citrus plants, requiring special climate and soil in order to thrive. Italians have used Bergamot for years to reduce feelings of stress and to soothe and rejuvenate skin. Bergamot is unique among citrus oils due to its ability to be both uplifting and calming, making it ideal to help with anxious and sad feelings. It is also purifying and cleansing for the skin while having a calming effect.
Grapefruit essential oil can provide an uplifting environment due to its invigorating and energizing aroma, while acting as a purifying agent when added to a skin care routine.
Lemon has multiple benefits and uses. Lemon is a powerful cleansing agent that purifies the air and surfaces, and can be used as a non-toxic cleaner throughout the home. When added to water, Lemon provides a refreshing and healthy boost throughout the day. Lemon is frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes. Taken internally, Lemon provides cleansing and digestive benefits and supports healthy respiratory function.* When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve mood.
Lime essential oil is refreshing and energizing in both aroma and taste. Limes are frequently used in entrées and beverages for their fresh, citrus flavor. Due to its high limonene content, Lime provides internal cleansing benefits* and can be diffused to help purify the air. It’s also an effective and natural surface cleaner. Lime is known for its ability to uplift, balance, and energize. Lime is frequently used in facial and body cleansers for its purifying properties and uplifting scent.
Wild Orange is one of doTERRA’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits.* High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high.* As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.* It can be taken daily to cleanse the body* or used on surfaces as a natural cleaner. Diffusing Wild Orange will energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air. Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma.
A couple essential oil blends to consider:
Merging the major benefits of citrus essential oils, Citrus Bliss Invigorating Blend holds energizing and refreshing properties that can uplift mood and reduce stress. We combine the powerful essences of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine with a hint of Vanilla Absolute to form this unique and harmonious blend. Citrus Bliss has natural, potent compounds with cleansing properties. Mixed with water, Citrus Bliss is a perfect solution for wiping down countertops and other surfaces while producing a fresh, sweet scent.
Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation combines the uplifting and euphoric floral scents of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus with Tangerine, Elemi, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and feelings of confidence.
Another beautiful blend I want to share with you in a blend that doTERRA introduced at our 2016 Global Convention. Hope. This blend was created to support the Operation Underground Railroad (OUR) in rescuing children taken into sex trafficking. This blend will be available for purchase in December 2016 with 100% of proceeds going directly to this organization. While we are each enjoying this unique, beautiful blend, know that you are also being a solution to a very ugly problem. Thank you!
Turn your rainy days into sunny days with essential oils!