Ways to Use Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend

Citrus Fresh™ is a relaxing, calming blend of citrus essential oils loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health* while bringing about a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy. It also makes a terrific air purifier when diffused.

About the Single Oils in Citrus Fresh

Lemon has been shown to have antidepressant effects in studies. It promotes clarity of thought and purpose, improved health, physical energy, and purification. Its fragrance is invigorating, enhancing, and warming.Citrus-Fresh-Oil-2012

Orange is a wonderful “happy oil.” It is uplifting to the spirits and may act as an antidepressant.

Grapefruit is emotionally uplifting and refreshing and may help with feelings of depression. It is also used to regulate appetite.

Spearmint is known for increasing metabolism, as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, mucolytic, gall bladder stimulant, digestive aid. Well-known uses for Spearmint oil are: Obesity, intestinal/digestive disorders, hepatitis.

Citrus essential oils make terrific air fresheners around the home, kitchens, in offices, schools and public places and very few people object to the scent; whereas synthetic air fresheners mask may mask undesirable odors and often cause people to not feel well and complain about the odor.

Citrus oils are described by aromatherapists as being uplifting, gently stimulating, and conducive to alertness and concentration, while the essential oils of Lavender, Clary Sage, and Roman Chamomile are described as relaxing and soothing. Read 8 Essential Oils to Create Vision, Creativity and Inner Guidance. With this knowledge, you might choose to diffuse Citrus Fresh in your home or work space for 15 minutes 3 times a day to support your efforts on an important project.

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Ways to Use Citrus Fresh

As a food/beverage flavoring: dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of milk, water or tea. Or, put a drop or two in a smoothie. Or, add a drop to a muffin, cake, or cookie mix for a delightful citrus flavor. Remember, all Young Living essential oils are very potent (they are not diluted, and so one drop carries a powerful flavor).

As a supplement: d-limonene is an extremely powerful antioxidant and I believe a great disease and cancer preventative. Many studies are now showing this to be true, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=d-limonene+cancer To use daily as a supplement you would either put a drop or two in a glass of water -or- you can put a couple drops in a “00” capsule with a tiny bit of olive oil.

Topical: the citrus oils are also known for lightening age spots – but do be mindful that citrus oils can make the skin photosensitive so you would use a tiny drop on a dark patch late in the day (after the sun goes down, for instance) so that my morning the photosensitivity would have diminished by morning. In other words, do not apply a citrus oil topically and then go out boating or sun bathing (tanning booths included, it’s all UV light). Apply this small drop with a bit of V-6 Massage Oil to dilute.

Diffuse: Citrus Fresh can be diffused to impart a lively, fresh, clean and uplifting scent in the home or workplace. The aromatherapy benefits can be enjoyed by all. Diffuse for 15-30 minutes 3-1-3 times a day. More on Diffusers and Diffusing.

Citrus Fresh Window and Glass Cleaner Recipe

  • 1 quart spray bottle
  • White Vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Fill bottle half way with vinegar. Fill balance of bottle with water and essential oil. Shake and use.

Citrus Ginger Splash Recipe from Chef Mandy

  • 3 medium Valencia oranges, halved
  • 1 medium grapefruit, halved
  • 1 medium lemon, halved
  • 1 large lime, halved
  • 12 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend
  • 6 drops Ginger essential oil

Use a citrus juicer to juice the fruit. Strain the juice for a ! smoother consistency, if desired. Add essential oil. Stir to mix. Serve chilled. Makes 1 pint.

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Notes:

All citrus oils can be photosensitizing, thus citrus oils should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within twelve hours.

Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute with v-6 Massage Oil before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.

How to get expensive wrinkle cream results without spending a fortune

First, you will want to start with a healthy-for-your-skin wrinkle cream, such as Boswellia™ Wrinkle cream -or- the ART Day Activator cream and the ART Night Reconstructor cream from Young Living.

What each of these 3 wrinkle skin creams offer, pick one(s) right for your skin:ART Skin Creams and Boswellia Wrinkle Cream

  • Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream – Boswellia™ Wrinkle Cream nourishes the skin for a smoother, more youthful appearance. Its primary ingredient methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supports collagen to improve skin firmness and minimize fine lines. Essential oils geranium, myrrh, sandalwood, and ylang ylang soothe and soften the skin, while frankincense and wolfberry oil enhance collagen formation. This cream is a bit heavier texture, so use ONLY a small dab for best results.Art-Boswellia-Skin-Care
  • ART® Day Activator (anti-aging skin cream) – An extraordinary day cream, the ART® Day Activator contains the superior Photolyase enzyme that uses visible light on damaged DNA. This light-bodied, water-based face and neck cream absorbs quickly and is perfect for wearing underneath makeup and sunscreen.
  • ART® Night Reconstructor (night recovery moisturizer) Cream – The Night Reconstructor is a powerful night recovery moisturizer that contains the unique endonuclease enzyme. This medium-bodied, water-based face and neck cream contains enhanced moisturizers for maximum hydration.
  • ART® Gentle Foaming Cleanser – This unique foaming cleanser was designed to clean the skin by gently removing oil, dirt, and makeup. Gentle Foaming Cleanser is formulated from naturally occurring sugars and contains ingredients that penetrate the epidermis to remove unwanted oils and impurities. This cleanser also includes a quartet of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils that were specifically selected for their skin-enhancing benefits, including DNA recovery.

More info on the entire line of ART® Skin Care products (booklet).

Note: All of the Young Living creams are very concentrated, you will only need to use a very small amount per application – Do not use gobs like you would with other brands of wrinkle creams!

The 2 Extra Special Wrinkle Ingredients

After selecting one of the skin creams, mentioned above, the next thing you will want to do is…

  1. Go to the store and buy some ‘Green Thompson’ seedless grapes! The Green Thompson seedless grape is one of the ingredients found in the expensive wrinkle creams that gives those creams a boost.
  2. Optional: Order a 15ml bottle of Young Living Frankincense essential oil. I personally love including therapeutic-grade Frankincense oil to my skin creams, like the addition of the Green Thompson grapes, Frankincense puts my wrinkle care regime over-the-top! The addition of the grapes and Frankincense has a synergistic effect with any of the above anti-aging/wrinkle creams that makes me feel that I have not only the best wrinkle busting products on hand but that they also give me the results that would normally put such results way out of the ball park for most of us. Please do not use other brands of Frankincense essential oil, they are not the superior pure oil you wish to apply to your skin; if you cannot afford this super-pure essential oil right now you will be better off skipping this step until you can order a bottle, the last thing I want you doing is applying an adulterated oil on your skin!

Money Saving Tip: When you join Young Living consider becoming a wholesale customer, and to save even more while being a wholesale customer also consider joining the Essential Rewards program – particularly if you are reading this during February 2013, there is a special offer occurring! Read the details at the Young Living Circle blog (our group blog).

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The Wrinkle Smoothing Regime

  1. Wash face with the ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser morning and night.
  2. Cut one of the Green Thompson grapes in half and gently crush it on your face and neck. Make sure that you get the “crows-feet” area and the fine lines around your mouth. Leave it on for twenty minutes, then rinse with tepid water and pat dry.
  3. Put 2 drops of the Frankincense essential oil in one palm, with finger tips dab the Frankincense oil onto face and neck (avoid getting into eyes). This step is for those who want an even greater boost to their wrinkle smoothing program.
  4. Next: Seal in the goodness and moisturize by applying either the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream, or the ART Day Activator, or the ART Night Reconstructor. Note: Boswellia Wrinkle Cream is luxurious and very rich, you’ll only need a small dab to do your entire face and neck!

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Repeat regime daily and before you know it… those wrinkles and fine lines will be hard to find!

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8 Actions to Compliment Your Wrinkle Smoothing Skin Care Program

  1. Drink Water! Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Use your own tap water and get a filter that removes poisonous fluoride. Buying bottled water is not a good drinking water choice, nor is it sustainable.
  2. Eat Local / Seasonal Produce. Eat plenty of ‘locally grown’ seasonal organic fresh fruits and veggies. As much as possible, stick with local and seasonal produce, this will provide you with greater nutrition that your body needs and craves. Check out Local Harvest to find locally grown foods near you.
  3. Improve Your Digestion! Try the Young Living Life 5 probiotic, this is the first probiotic I’ve used that gives my digestion superior results, fast.
  4. Eat Fresh Wild Fish 2-4 Times a Week! The health and skin benefits from pure wild cold-water fish that is handled properly, and their omega 3s and 6s, cannot be beat. This is the only place I ever get seafood and fish; it is by far the best and comes recommended by leading natural health practitioner’s.
  5. Eat Grass-raised Meats! When you eat meats and chicken, only eat that which comes from grass-raised animals. This is a very important difference. The meat from animals that are grass-raised their entire life provide us with nutrients and health benefits that are not found in organic meats! This is where I get grass-raised meats, they are superb and super healthy to eat – they are a whole different animal!
  6. Alkalize Your Body! Our diets and bodies have become too acidic. When we are acidic it allows all kinds of illness and disease to gain hold of our physical health. Cancer, yeast, and most other diseases cannot grow in an alkaline system! Info on alkalizing your diet. Two things that you can do to become less acidic are: a) drink a cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice upon rising in the morning, and b) take a bath in 1 cup of Baking Soda 2-4 times a week.
  7. Avoid Sugar and Sugar Substitutes! Americans consume way too much sugar which is contributing to a decline in health. The usage of sugar substitutes is not a healthy answer, as a matter of fact, sugar substitutes are shown to cause many health issues, obesity, and disease. When you want sweeteners, choose one of these options: raw sugar, raw honey, or Young Living’s Stevia (an all-natural no calorie sweetener that doesn’t cause illness and disease).
  8. Get Outdoors and Take a Walk! Spending time outdoors in the sun (without a sunblock/sunscreen) for 30-60 minutes a day (build up slowly to avoid sunburn though) does wonders for your skin and provides valuable free Vitamin D, which is not the same as a Vitamin D supplement. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D and we can get it for free simply by spending more time outdoors daily! Vitamin D from the sun may also prevent 16 types of cancer, including cutting breast cancer by 77 percent – get outdoors more often and take a walk, it’s beautiful out there!

Rosemary and Chamomile Super Deep Hot Oil Treatment for Hair

To make this Rosemary and Roman Chamomile (essential oil) Super Deep Hot Oil Treatment you will need:Chamomile-Plants

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. almond oil
  • Tbsp. jojoba oil
  • 1 tsp. evening primrose oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops Young Living Roman Chamomile essential oil

Instructions:

Melt coconut oil in a double broiler on low temperature. Add other carrier oils and allow to cool. Add essential oils. Apply to hair and wrap in a towel for 30–45 minutes. Shampoo.

Tip: I only use therapeutic-grade essential oils in my recipes because of the superior quality and because I know that they have not been adulterated or contain harmful chemicals (more).

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7 Hair Care Tips

  1. By treating your hair to these hot oil treatments, your tresses will not only survive winter, but will also be beautiful and healthy come springtime. The Lavender and Rosemary Hot Oil Treatment is one of my favorites: Let me know which one works for you! And if you’re looking for additional cold weather hair protection, try implementing the following tips into your daily hair care routine:
  2. Wash your hair with lukewarm water. Hot water can strip your hair of moisture, and during the winter you need all the moisture you can get!
  3. Use a quality conditioner. If you have dry hair to begin with you may want to look for a hair conditioner that is made for dry hair, such as Young Living’s Copaiba Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner.
  4. Use styling tools designed to lock in moisture. Using hair tools such as ionic hairdryers and ceramic-plated straighteners will style your hair without drying it.
  5. Don’t go outside with wet hair. If you expose wet hair to cold winter weather, you risk the possibility of your hair freezing, which leaves it prone to breaking and getting severely damaged.
  6. Use a deep conditioner or hot oil treatment at least once a week. Your hair needs this extra attention to help repair and undo winter damage. Check out the end of this post for some essential oil-enhanced recipes for home hair treatments!
  7. Wear a hat or wear your hair up as much as possible. Choose a hat that will not flatten your hair completely, but one that will just cover up most of your hair. Fortunately, there are lots of cute style choices that can make this attractive as well as functional. Wearing your hair back and up will also help reduce exposure to the cold. Just remember: This doesn’t have to be the typical ponytail. Experiment with cute up-do’s or sleek chignons to help protect your hair.

Frankincense Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

Frankincense-Oil-4Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Therapeutic-grade Frankincense is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering. Frankincense has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.

I personally also enjoy using the Young Living Frankincense essential oil as an addition to my skin care regime which consists of adding 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to either the Boswellia Wrinkle Cream (#5141) or the Wolfberry Eye Cream (#5145). This essential oils is one of my favorites regarding skin care!

How To: Frankincense Aromatherapy Bubble Bath

Mix drops of Frankincense with Young Living’s Bath & Shower Gel Base, then use the mixture as a bubble bath, or as a shower gel. Here’s how…

You will need:

  • Bath & Shower Gel Base (item #3751)
  • Frankincense essential oil (item #3548)

To make enough for “one bath”

In a small dish, add 3-4 drops of Frankincense essential oil to 3-4 TBSP Bath & Shower Gel Base, stir, pour mixture under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.

To make “a bottle” of Frankincense Bubble Bath

Add 25-30 drops of Frankincense essential oil to your Bath & Shower Gel Base, stir with a chopstick to incorporate the ingredients, remember to write on your base bottle that this is Frankincense. You can also use this as a shower gel too!

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Experience Frankincense and 8 Other Essential Oils

Everyday-Oils-2013If you would like to get Frankincense oil and save 24 percent off retail prices on all of your Young Living purchases, consider the Start Living with Everyday Oils kit. It contains these therapeutic-grade single essential oils: Frankincense, Lemon, Lavender (2), Peppermint (2), and these essential oil blends: Purification, PanAway, Peace & Calming, Thieves, Valor.

Plus, there is a mail-in $40 off a diffuser coupon in the kit.

Learn more about the Start Living kits or if you’re ready to place an order please visit my ordering page.

Aromatherapy Massage Sticks Recipe

These luxurious Aromatherapy Massage Sticks are easy to make for gifts or yourself for your home spa! They are perfect for Valentine’s Day and special romantic moments too!

The use of Young Living Essential Oils in this recipe provides more than just a wonderful scent; there is the benefit of aroma-therapy plus the benefits of the therapeutic essential oil as well.

To use the massage stick, simply slide the stick over the lucky recipient’s skin, and experience the smooth glide, scent and benefit’s on the skin.

Aromatherapy Massage Sticks Recipe

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You will Need:

  • 1 TBSP Beeswax
  •  4 oz. Cocoa Butter
  • 2 TBSP Jojoba Oil
  • 100-150 drops Essential Oil
  • Containers for the Massage Sticks

See “Good Choices” below for essential oil ideas and a link to my website to buy them. And see “Resources” below for containers and other ingredients.

Instructions for Making Massage Sticks:

  1. Weigh out 4 ounces of cocoa butter and 0.2 ounces of beeswax, and place them in a heat-proof measuring cup (such as Pyrex). Add 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil.
  2. 

Place the measuring cup in an electric frying pan (or a large frying pan) that is filled with 1″–2″ of hot water. Turn the electric frying pan on low (about 200°) (or, alternately, place the large frying pan and measuring cup on the stove, and turn the burner on low).
  3. Stir the mixture in the measuring cup with a Popsicle stick or a bamboo skewer until wax and cocoa butter are completely melted (about 15–20 minutes: the smaller the cocoa butter and wax pieces are the quicker they will melt).
  4. Turn off the frying pan (or stove); carefully remove the measuring cup from the water, and place it on a towel. Allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  5. 

Stir in 100–150 drops of your desired essential oil, refer to the list of essential oils below for some good ideas.
  6. 

Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm dispensers (or small deodorant dispensers).
  7. 

Place the filled containers in the freezer to cool and harden.
  8. Decorate the container with stickers, ribbon, or other holiday wrap to make them look festive. Be sure to put a tag or sticker on each container stating the essential oil and that it is a massage stick so the recipient knows what it is and how to use your gift.

To use the massage stick, simply rub the stick directly onto the skin, then massage in.

Store in a cool location.

This recipe will fill 20–25 lip balm containers (these are the perfect size to create one-time-use massage sticks).

Nice Essential Oil Choices

  • Relaxing massage try: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Chamomile, Geranium, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Copaiba, Relaxation, Gentle Baby, Peace & Calming or Gratitude.
  • Invigorating massage try: Wintergreen, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, PanAway, En-R-Gee or Awaken.
  • Romantic massage try: Yang Yang, Jasmine, Sensation, or Live with Passion.
  • Uplifting and Inspiring massage try: Awaken, Envision, Harmony, Inspiration, Joy, Live with Passion, Magnify Your Purpose, Sacred Mountain or White Angelica.

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Other Fun Aromatherapy Recipes & Info

Aromatic River Rock Foot Bath

Peppermint Chocolate Candy Recipe

Aromatherapy for the Home: lavender Carpet Freshener

Aromatherapy Profile: Ylang Ylang

Resources for Other Ingredients and Containers

Cocoa Butter Wafers

Jojoba Oil

Beeswax (organic)

Lip Balm size containers (12 for $3)

Travel-size Deodorant container for 96 cents

Deodorant container with Cap (2.65 oz)($1.02 each)

Aromatherapy: Pretty Feet Melrose Foot Bath

Our feet take a beating, at the same time we want them to feel and look their best. This foot bath recipe will help get your feet on their way to healing, looking great and feeling cared for…Melrose-Oil

Pretty Feet Melrose Foot Bath

You will need:

  • 1 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup full fat Milk
  • 3 drops Young Living Melrose Essential Oil blend

Mix all ingredients together and add the mixture to your foot bath water. Soak feet for 10-15 minutes, rinse well, and pat dry.

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6 Additional Ways to Use Melrose Essential Oil Blend

  1. Melrose essential oil blend is excellent for foot and nail fungus. If you’ve not had success with Tea Tree (Melaleuca) you will be quite pleased with the results of Melrose.
  2. Apply a drop or two to broken skin or cuts to help disinfect, cleanse and heal skin.
  3. Apply a drop or two to a burn. For added benefit, spray skin with LavaDerm Cooling Mist spray to promote faster skin healing.
  4. Use a drop or two on skin rashes.
  5. Diffuse to help eliminate bad odors and remove germs from the air! Diffuse 15 minutes in a cold-air diffuser, such as the TheraPro Diffuser, 2-4 times a day.
  6. Skin Healing Bath: in a small dish put 1 cup of Epsom Salt or Sea Salt, add 3-6 drops of Melrose, stir well, pour under running bath water, soak for 20 minutes.

Melrose contains these theapeutic-grade essential oils: Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia), naouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and clove (Syzygium aromaticum). The combination of essential oils in this blend are well-known for assisting in the healing of foot and nail fungus’, perhaps it is the synergistic effect of this blend of oils which explains why foot and nail fungus is cleared up quite quickly and why it is found to be more effective than Tea Tree alone.

Essential Oil Profile: Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang essential oilYlang ylang (Cananga odorata) has a sweet, soft, flowery fragrance that has made it a romantic favorite. Flowers are picked early in the morning to maximize oil yield and are steam distilled. The highest quality Ylang Ylang oil is drawn from the first distillation and is known as ylang ylang complete. The last distillation, known as the tail, is of inferior quality and is called “cananga.”

Ylang Ylang means “flower of flowers.” The flowers have been used to cover the beds of newlywed couples on their wedding night. Traditionally used in hair formulas to promote thick, shiny, lustrous hair.

Ylang Ylang essential oil is balancing to male-female energies, enhances spiritual attunement, helps combat anger and low self-esteem, helps increase focus of thoughts and filters out negative energy, anxiety, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, and anti-inflammatory.

Ylang ylang is extremely effective in calming and bringing about a sense of relaxation, and it may help with releasing feelings of anger, tension, and nervous irritability. Ylang Ylang also has a long history in skin and hair care products, particularly in Asia, where it is used to promote thick, shiny, luxuriant hair. Buy Ylang Ylang here.

How to Use Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

For aromatherapy, dietary, or topical use.

Supplement: Dilute 1 drop Ylang Ylang in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat or rice milk.

Topical: Mix 2-4 drops Ylang Ylang with 2 TBSP V-6 Massage Oil for a full body massage.*

Diffuse: Diffuse Ylang Ylang according to your diffusers instructions. Diffuse for 15 minutes a day up to 3 times a day.*

Aromatic Bath: In a bowl, mix 1 cup Epsom Salts or Sea Salt with 4 drops of Ylang Ylang, stir well, pour under running tap water, soak for 20 minutes.*

Perfume: Put one drop on pulse points, wrists, or neck.

*Caution: Use sparingly if you have Low Blood Pressure.