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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.
Your nose is underrated, according to science. Besides being an excellent way to identify wet dog and wasabi, your olfactory sense is a direct path to your brain—emotions, memories, even the chemical toolbox your brain uses to keep your body healthy. Research has shown that childhood memories linked to scent stay with you throughout life. That means the smell of woodsmoke or the sweet tang of orange peel can pull you back to experiences and emotions across decades of time—and this mental shortcut can be used as a safe, easy-to-use form of alternative medicine.
When you understand the biophysical mechanics behind aromatherapy, it makes sense that this process has an outsized physical and psychological impact using just your sense of smell. From perceptions of physical pain to emotional catharsis, studies have shown that aromatherapy offers multiple powerful health benefits, including:
Aromatherapy works by stimulating smell receptors in the nose, which sends messages through the nervous system to the limbic system — the part of the brain that controls emotions. By tapping into this master control system, numerous serious health problems can be eased and mental/emotional challenges can be alleviated.
One of the biggest advantages of essential oil aromatherapy is that anyone with a good sense of smell can give it a go. When used as recommended, the vast majority of essential oils are both safe and easy to use. We suggest starting with a simple experiment … breathe the scent of an essential oil directly from the bottle. Take note of how you feel, and how your body reacts over the next several hours. When you find an oil you like, you can also get efficient exposure to using an ultrasonic diffuser. These simple devices use tap water and a few drops of essential oil to fill a room with aromatherapy mist. They also offer the advantage of allowing you to easily blend two or more of your favorite oils for a synergistic effect.
When first experimenting with aromatherapy, begin by looking at an essential oil uses chart to determine what kind of results you want for your body. Is your goal deeper relaxation? Try N8 Essentials certified organic Lavender essential oil. Do you need energy late in the day? Go for our certified organic Orange or Peppermint essential oils. Each N8 product has a nuanced aromatherapy effect—Eucalyptus offers warm focus, Geranium brings a tension-busting emotional calm. The essential oil that will work best for your body depends both on your physical chemistry and your mental association with that particular scent. So jump in and begin experimenting with essential oil aromatherapy … it’s a sweet and comforting way to practice natural self-care for both your body and your mind.
Nothing can derail a day quite like unexpected gastrointestinal distress. But don’t let an upset stomach keep you off your feet for long. Essential oils can help to ease symptoms, recover your equilibrium more quickly and even stop the trouble before it starts. Try these tricks to ease feelings of an upset stomach with natural essential oils.
Stop the trouble before it starts. Whether you overindulged on Taco Tuesday or forgot that your lactose intolerance actually still includes chocolate chunk ice cream, some gut problems are a result of poor food choices. Essential oils can help tame an unruly appetite before it gets you into deep water, gastrointestinally speaking. Diffusing certified organic grapefruit essential oil or a combination of certified organic peppermint and your favorite bright citrus oil can help to curb an unhealthy or unreasonable appetite and let your brain make smarter food decisions in the first place.
Support your gut from the outside. Often, stomach problems are really muscle problems. Discomfort in the gut is often caused by cramping of the muscles in your abdomen and around your intestines. Ease muscle discomfort from the outside by massaging a dilution of N8 Essential’s certified organic Digest Blend across your abdomen and lower back for feelings of calm comfort and relief. Dilute the full-strength blend with a neutral carrier oil and massage it gently with your fingers into problem areas to ease feelings of cramping and discomfort.
Look at your feet. Lastly, some people also find gut relief by massaging essential oils into their feet, using a reflexology chart to target specific areas of the body.
The next time you feel an upset stomach coming on, think of these 3 easy solutions that will help get you on track again in a natural way.
It has been said that autumn is the year’s last, loveliest smile. There is certainly plenty to smile about this time of year. The intense colors on the horizon, the warm scent of apple and earth, and the cool air outside the window make you really aware of just how alive the world is … for now. Winter is on the way … which makes autumn such a valuable time of transition.
Autumn is a great time to refocus your attention and to build your energy. Fall diffuser combinations give aromatherapy support to help you do just that. The best scents for this season tend to be warm, intense and grounding. Traditional fall combinations include wood, spice and citrus. The bewitching fusion of these three classes of essential oil balance and fuel a fall blend to give it energy, ambiance and impact. Try combining certified organic cedarwood, clove and orange for a classic combination. Or, if you want something with a little more zing, try a mix of certified organic sandalwood, cinnamon bark and lime. Each combination will give you nuanced energy and mood, but both are great for the time of year.
Citrus oils such as certified organic orange and lime are classic tools for supporting mood and natural energy … especially when sunshine hours begin to dwindle. The balancing and grounding effects of a wood essential oils like certified organic cedarwood and sandalwood help to balance a blend and hold the scent together. The spice is for warmth and personality … but there is plenty of flexibility within a blend recipe for your preference. Choose a spice that you like, but that is not too intense for your family (some oils are considered too “hot” for young skin, and can cause irritation). Use less of the spice essential oil if you think that it might be an issue … an experiment with ratios until you find the perfect fall blend.
Cozy Home Diffuser Recipe
Combine all oils in a diffuser with room temperature water. Mist indoors to clear the room of a stuffy ambiance and for aromatherapy benefits such as positive attitude and focused motivation. Experiment with ratios and oils to find your favorite combination for the fall season.