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Now you can bring the freshness of springtime sunshine into your own home with the bright citrus scent of Orange essential oil. Use it to create a cheerful, energetic atmosphere with a sweet and uplifting aromatherapy scent. Or you can apply this hard-working oil to clean grimy surfaces and freshen stale air—all without exposing your family to harmful manufactured chemical products.
The familiar, bright scent of sweet Orange essential oil can brighten any room. It has a fresh, fruity, citrusy aroma and is obtained by cold pressing—a process that involves prodding and pricking the rind of the fruit. The essential oil is collected and separated from the fruit juice by centrifugal force. Oil collected this way has a higher quality aroma than that of the distilled variety. Many citrus oils produced by cold expression have adverse effects of phototoxicity, but Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is not, making it appropriate for use on the skin when properly diluted with a carrier oil.
The bright smell of Orange essential oil is the perfect complement to a fresh spring day. Combine it with complementary oils for an augmented aromatherapy experience. Try blending a combination of Orange, Lemongrass and Peppermint oil for a powerful lift to the mood and to augment your personal energy. Or, mix Orange with the warmth of Frankincense or the sweet mint-and-honey scent of Eucalyptus essential oil and breathe deeply when you are feeling down —physically or mentally—for natural comfort and strength.
Add a few drops of Orange essential oil to a diffuser to freshen a space and eliminate foul odors. With a focus on spring cleaning, it’s important to be proactive about funky smells that sometimes accompany family life. If the smell of sour dish rags or old sneakers is cramping your style add a few drops of Orange to a diffuser and mist to rid a room of the lingering effects of an unpleasant smell. Keep your work space fresh and inviting by spritzing a dilution of Orange essential oil across problem areas. Sprinkle a few drops of Orange across the carpet for a personal aromatherapy experience that will center your focus and give feelings of sunny citrus relief.
Orange is a powerful addition to your green-cleaning toolkit. Use it to remove sticky residue in the kitchen—apply a few drops to the soiled surface and rub for absorption. Then simply use a sponge or paper towel to wipe the residue away. Try Orange essential oil to deodorize your refrigerator. Mix six drops of Orange essential oil with a cup of baking soda in a jar and shake to mix. Cover with a small square of fabric and jar ring, leaving off the metal lid. You can also use Orange to clean wood and leather—mix one part olive oil to one part white vinegar and add 15 drops of Orange essential oil to spritz on wood or leather for a natural shine.
Are you packing away your holiday decorations and taking down the lights? Wait! There is one holiday essential you shouldn’t pack up just yet—your certified organic Frankincense essential oil. Sure, this holiday superstar makes an excellent addition to a room’s seasonal ambiance, but Frankincense has aromatherapy staying power beyond the (relatively) short holiday season.
You may not know that Frankincense has concentrated power when applied topically or used for aromatherapy purposes in your home. It is a cathartic tool for feelings of relief from joint and nerve pain, works as your skin’s best friend protecting against the appearance of aging, and operates on a deep level to protect and promote overall digestive health. So step away from the bubble wrap and take a moment to learn how Frankincense could benefit your body from January to next year’s jingle bells.
Powerful Frankincense has long been a preferred ingredient for the best skin care. The compounds in this ancient oil are used to prevent signs of aging, minimize skin damage, reduce the appearance of lines, and prevent certain types of blemishes. Experts recommend diluting Frankincense with a natural carrier oil such as Rosehip (if you have oily-to-normal skin) or Jojoba Oil (for complexions on the dry side of the scale) and applying nightly after cleansing. Organic Frankincense, such as that sold by N8 Essentials, is especially recommended when used on a daily basis or over large areas of the skin as an extra precaution against introduced contaminants.
Whether you are shaking off winter stiffness or stretching through a summer strain, you can use a dilution of Frankincense as a natural remedy to ease feelings of discomfort in your joints, muscles and nerves. This potent oil can be blended with Peppermint oil or Eucalyptus oil and gently massaged into stiff fingers, wrists and extremities for feelings of warmth and deep relief.
You may not know that Frankincense has aromatherapy power to ease feelings of discomfort in the stomach and digestive system. It can be used to augment other treatments to alleviate regular stomach upset and feelings of cramping in the lower gut. You can either dilute the oil and massage into the lower abdomen, or diffuse a few drops of essential oil blended with a complimentary companion such as Lavender essential oil, through an ultrasonic diffuser. Breathe deeply for aromatherapy effect.
So go ahead and take down the snowman decor for the season, but keep your Frankincense essential oil front and center for all-season health benefits using the natural power of essential oil aromatherapy.
In a world full of plastics, paint and fiberglass it can be difficult to be a person with a passion for the truly authentic. But there is something so connecting about real wood, hard stone, veined leaf and soft petal that makes the pursuit worth the trouble. Exposure to the real elements of natural life create a meaningful connection that keeps you grounded to your reality … which is one of the reasons essential oils are so valuable physically, emotionally and spiritually.
But I was surprised to discover, a few years back, that one of the essential oils I’ve long known and loved was actually a complete imposter (of sorts). It’s wintergreen. I’d always grouped this sweet and mentholated scent in my brain along with mints such as the powerful peppermint. Then I found out the truth – this muscle-soothing and pain-reducing tool is NOT ACTUALLY A MINT AT ALL!
It’s not wintergreen’s fault, though, It’s mine. I’ve enjoyed the deep sweetness of this plant as a flavor addition to gum and candy … but it wasn’t until I began researching the source of the powerful natural constituents in certified organic wintergreen essential oil that I learned that the oil is actually sourced from the leaves of an evergreen shrub. Wintergreen has been used for centuries by tribes native to North America to help boost energy, tone the respiratory system and ease congested breathing. It is a natural antioxidant, produces feelings of energy and has immune-enhancing potential since it lowers inflammation and reduces pain.
The leaves of the wintergreen shrub in the wild are actually without taste or smell. But when the constituents in the leaves break down with heat, they take on a deep mentholated sweetness that rivals spearmint for its strength and aromatherapy satisfaction. Our certified organic wintergreen essential oil contains the active ingredient methyl salicylate, which makes up about 85 percent to 99 percent of the final essential oil. The potency and characteristics of organic wintergreen are too much for kids … keep it out of their reach and avoid exposure. But for healthy adults, this sweet and potent mint-like essential oil is the real deal … even if it isn’t the deal I expected.