Sensational Citrus: An Essential Oil Spotlight

by Matthew Campbell November 18, 2017

Sensational Citrus: An Essential Oil Spotlight

I love to think of the citrus essential oils as little bottles of liquid sunlight. Their aromas are intense, bright, refreshing and revitalizing. They help bring light to darkness, remove negativity, instill balance and uplift the spirit. I feel that certain essential oils, such as Sandalwood and Frankincense, with their deep, complex aromas seem like wise elders that carry profound, ancient knowledge. However, the citrus essential oils possess qualities of youthful exuberance that bring forth joy, clarity and motivation. Their unique wisdom illuminates our connections to the ethereal realm and assists in clearing away feelings of apathy and ennui. Overall, citrus essential oils are multifaceted, versatile, and their aromas are almost universally enjoyed by all. Kate’s Magik Therapeutic-Grade Citrus Essential Oil Single Notes are great for diffusing in the home or office and can also be used for palm inhalation. All the citrus oils blend well together so experiment with combining a few different ones in your favorite diffuser!
When using citrus essential oils on the skin, please remember to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Most oils in the citrus family can potentially be phototoxic, meaning that they can cause irritation and increase chances of sunburn when the area where they were applied is exposed to UV rays.
Focus, Memory, Concentration and Energy
Citrus oils are powerful tools to promote concentration and keep the mind alert and focused. A study published by Takasago in Japan indicated that when Lemon Essential Oil was diffused into the air at a data entry facility, errors were reduced by 54%. Personally, I found Kate’s Clarity & Focus Anointing Oil (a delightful blend featuring Lemon, Lime, Cinnamon and Rosemary) to be a life-saver during my time at university. It was a welcome aid while studying for exams, writing papers or merely providing a little pick-me-up for those less stimulating classes. Also, since our olfactory system has such a strong tie to memory, if you apply the oil and inhale the aroma while studying and then again during an exam, it assists with information recall (particularly handy for all those names, dates and locations on my Art History tests).
For general energy and vitality, Euphorian Wind Massage + Body Oil is a great way to harness the power of Lime, Rosemary and Geranium essential oils to increase circulation and energize the body and mind. Kate loves to use it as a body oil every morning to help her prepare for the day ahead.
Sleep and Relaxation
While it might seem counter-intuitive that citrus oils can be both energizing and calming, it is a testament to their incredible adaptogenic properties. That means that they help us normalize to environmental stressors and restore balance to both body and mind. Essential Oils such as Mandarin and Sweet Orange are particularly useful for relieving stress, promoting relaxation and calming an overactive mind. Children are especially prone to night-time fears and anxieties and Kate created Ghostbuster Aura Mist with them in mind (a tranquil blend featuring Sweet Orange and Chamomile). It’s a ghost and monster repellent mist to banish bad dreams and create a harmonious atmosphere for a peaceful night. It makes for a fun and empowering bed-time ritual for kids but is also beneficial for folks of any age to help clear the mental ghosts of the day that can haunt our minds at night.
Cleansing, Purification, Protection and Detoxification
Essential Oils in the citrus family have potent detoxifying, clarifying and protective elements that make them effective for removing negativity and guarding against bad vibes. In Feng Shui, limes are believed to draw out the negative chi from your aura and are therefore used with other citrus fruits to purify the body and living spaces and draw in the energy of good luck. Uncrossing Anointing Oilhighlights the bright intensity of Lime in our ultimate cleansing blend. It helps remove negativity, burdens, and worries while protecting us from unhealthy and disruptive energies. For a cleansing ritual bath, add 1/3 bottle into the bath water along with some Epsom salt.
Diffusing Lemon, Lime and/or Grapefruit essential oils is also a great way to purify the air in living and work spaces. These oils have antimicrobial properties that help remove odors and impurities.
Grapefruit Essential Oil, when applied topically (diluted), assists in cleansing the lymphatic system and releasing toxins from the body. It also eases muscle fatigue and stiffness all the while releasing stagnant energy, making it a key ingredient in our Letting Go Massage + Body Oil for release and detoxification.
Mood Enhancing Properties, Emotional Support and Spiritual Qualities
The illuminating aromas of the citrus essential oils are zesty, bright and uplifting. They have the power to balance mood and emotions while elevating the spirit. Grapefruit Oil restores our connection to the inner self and can help lift us out of stagnation, which is why it’s included with nurturing Vanilla and grounding Sandalwood in our Blue Morpho Body Perfume Oil (formulated to facilitate transformation and change). Grapefruit Essential Oil can also liberate us from the confines of brooding anger or resentment and opens emotional pathways for those who tend to keep things bottled up.
Bergamot is one of my personal favorites and is most prized among the citrus oils. Its antiseptic and antidepressant qualities support healing of both the emotional and physical bodies, which is why Kate included it when formulating the Healing Anointing Oilas well as Break Patterns and Addictions. Bergamot Essential Oil supports a shift towards a positive outlook and can open our minds to new opportunities.  By keeping our inner light radiant, we can nurture those seeds and grow them into something beautiful. That’s why you’ll find Bergamot Oil in many Kate’s Magik Success and Prosperity products (Sun of Success Anointing Oil, Stream of Success Mist, Prosperity Anointing Oil, Rain of Prosperity Mist).
Overall, the Citrus Essential Oils are supportive tools to instill happiness and motivate us to affect positive change within and around us, especially when combined with the power of intention.  When we make aromatherapy and intention a part of our daily self-care rituals, we can “reboot” the intricate connections between mind, body and spirit. By attuning these delicate links, we can move forward on our path in the direction of inspiration and true happiness. As you inhale the uplifting, sun-kissed aromas of our citrus essential oil blends and single notes, allow them to illuminate your soul and fill your heart with a zeal for life and the joy of each day.

Blessings and Happy Wishes,
Matthew Campbell
Matthew Campbell

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