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Citrus Oils

Bergamot Bergamot FCF Clementine Rind Pink Grapefruit
Lemon Lime Green Mandarine Red Mandarine
Sweet Orange Blood Orange   Tangerine 

Why do we stress that our Cold Pressed citrus oils are Organically grown?  Because, when citrus trees are sprayed, where does the pesticide land? On the outside of the fruit.  To be absorbed into the rind, and the essential oil. But NOT on our organc oils.

Of the oils listed on this page, the following can cause photosensitivity (severe sun damage.)   Cold pressed Bergamot, Lemon Oil, and Grapefruit Oil.  Cold pressed bergamot should be used at a maxium of 4/10s of 1 percent dilution for topical use. (I would not use it topically at all!)   Lemon Oil should be used at less than a 2% dilution, while Pink Grapefruit should be used at less than 4%.  The other citrus oils listed are not photosensitizers.
 

BERGAMOT

Citrus bergamia Italy, cold-pressed. Certified Organic

Lovely green light citrus/floral note, fruity and warm, much used by perfumers as a top note. Encouraging, balancing to the spirit. Combats fatigue due to stress, tension and anxiety. Is reputed to strengthen the immune system. The flavoring in Earl Grey tea. Some authorities recommend it as a treatment for herpes, shingles, eczema and psoriasis, although much care must be used when applying it to the skin, due to the risk of photosensitivity.

Mixes well with other citrus oils, Geranium, Ylang Ylang as well as other florals, such as Rose or Neroli. Some sources advise mixing with Lavender, but I'm not pleased with the result.

WARNING: Never apply Bergamot to skin that will be exposed to the sun. **For other possible oils to avoid, please see our essential oil contraindications page.

BLENDS WITH: It's hard to think of an oil that doesn't blend well with Bergamot, but, for a short list: Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang.

Bergamot

15 ml $12.00

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BERGAMOT FCF

Citrus bergamia Distilled, South Africa, Certified organic.

After years of searching, I finally found a Bergaptine Free Bergamot that smells delightful. Now, for therapeutic use and in the lamp or diffuser, I still want our Organic, natural Bergamot described above. But natural Cold Pressed Bergamot is NOT a safe oil to use on skin that will be exposed to either sunlight or ultraviolet light, and should not be used for perfumes or massage blends that might cause sun damage. This delightful Sicilian Bergamot has had the Bergaptine removed so that it IS safe for your perfumes or massage blends. No, it's not a "pure and natural" oil, it has been adjusted for your safety. The producer has also decolorized it. The resulting oil has a mere tint of green to it, but not the richer green of our Pure and Natural Bergamot above. This is the Bergamot you want for use in skincare, toiletries, etc.

WARNING: SAFE for Sun and UV light Exposure.

BLENDS WITH: Black Pepper, Clary Sage, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Helichrysum, Jasmine, Lavender, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Bergamot FCF

15 ml $16.00

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CLEMENTINE RIND

Citrus clementina, Organically grown and distilled on the island of Corsica.

Furocoumarin free, so this delightful citrus oil is skinsafe, ready to use in lip balms, lotions, etc.

Over a decade ago I fell in love with Clementine Oil.  As complex and multi-layered as a good Red Mandarine, but sweeter.  The sweetness of Sweet Orange Rind or Tangerine, but more subtle. Almost a touch of floral to it.  I love this deep reddish orange oil, but... the Spanish producer of that first, organic Clementine stopped producing it.  And I won't use, or offer, non-organic cold pressed Citrus oils. So we have been without this delight for years.  It is a species of Tangerine, for those who have never experienced it, gentle and safe enough to use with toddlers.  Relaxing, not energizing,  it fills the room with calm, quiet, and peace.

 

Clementine Rind

5 ml $13.00
15 ml $25.00

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GRAPEFRUIT, Pink

Citrus paradisii USA, ORGANIC, cold pressed, Rind

I never particularly liked Grapefruit Essential Oil until I discovered this Pink Grapefruit. It fairly sparkles, it's so bright and crisp, both energizing and uplifting.  Grapefruit is recommended by some authorities for treating eating disorders, both anorexia and overeating, when they stem from lack of self esteem. It seems to create a feeling of internal buoyancy. It's also helpful in treating oily skin and hair, and is often recommended as part of anti cellulite blends because of its toning and astringent effects. Of all the citrus oils, Pink Grapefruit is by far the most energizing.  I find it impossible to sit still when we are diffusing Pink Grapefruit.  It makes us all want to get up and move!

Pink Grapefruit

15 ml $14.00

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LEMON, Certified ORGANIC

Citrus limon, Argentina, Cold Pressed, Peel only.  

Tart, tangy true lemon aroma. This one smells like grated lemon peel (just as it should).

Lemon Oil is a strong germicide and astringent, a wonderful air disinfectant and freshener. I use it in cleaning solutions all the time for its clean scent and disinfecting action.

Lemon Essential Oil has fever reducing action as well as its effective germicidal action, so it's a good oil to use to aid in treating colds and fevers. Lemon oil stimulates the immune system, and stimulates circulation. Lemon is a key component in most anti-cellulite blends. It has a toning effect on oily skin and hair.

Of all the oils where Organic as opposed to conventional farming methods make a difference, the citrus fruit oils lead the way. After all, when a crop is sprayed with insecticides, it is the rind of the lemon that is coated with and absorbs the chemicals. Research has shown appallingly high levels of pesticides in many essential oils.

The use of organic cold pressed oils will eliminate the chemical residue completely.

BLENDS WITH:   Any of the coniferous oils, with many of the spice oils, and with other citrus oils.  Also Atlas Cedarwood, Lavender, Neroli, Patchouli and Peppermint.

Lemon

15 ml $9.00

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LIME

Citrus aurantifolia, Steam Distilled, Dominica

Lime essential oil has many of the same uses as Lemon Oil, but with a lighter, sweeter buoyant scent. The two, blended together, are delightful. This steam distilled version avoids all risk of photosensitivity so is wonderful for skin care. Try it in an aftershave, or a lotion for oily skin. Blends well with Neroli, Lavender and Lavandin, Rosemary, Clary Sage, and all other citrus oils. Blend with West Indies Bay for a traditional tropical scent!
 

Lime

15 ml $7.00

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Green MANDARINE

Citrus deliciosa Brazil, Certified Organic.

I hadn't planned on offering two Mandarine oils. But then I sampled this wonderfully tart green oil and fell in love. Clear green in color, and deliciously tart in fragrance, this Green Mandarine is like no citrus oil I've experience. Perhaps a blend of lime, lemon, orange, and key lime? It is tart, and uplifting,  and a very powerful sedative.  The basis of our new SleepEase blend.

Green Mandarine

15 ml $12.00

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RED MANDARINE

Citrus nobilis Italy, Certified Organic.

Similar in uses to Tangerine, but much more complex and adult in aroma, Mandarine is gentle enough to use with young children and during pregnancy. This is a truly unusual specimen, multi-layered and complex. much closer to a Bergamot type oil than a Tangerine, a must have for every citrus lover!

It is a great antiseptic to use as a room spray and a toner for oily or acnied skin. But where Mandarine really shines is in its emotional uses. It is considered both a calming influence and gently uplifting. Wonderful for use with children, a true "Citrus smile bringer."

Mandarine is a wonderful treatment for sleep disturbances and insomnia.  A recent study in nursing homes found Mandarine essential oil even more effective than lavender in dealing with insomnia.

Another use - not widely published - our nurses tell us that Red Mandarine is a wonderful anti-nausea agent. 

Some authorities say it is helpful in doing inner child work.

Red Mandarine

5 ml $8.00
15 ml $16.00

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BLOOD ORANGE

Citrus sinensis Organically Grown, not certified, Italy Cold Pressed, Peel only.

More intensely aromatic than the sweet orange we are familiar with, Blood Orange adds an sparkling citrus note to blends.

Therapeutically, it is very similar to sweet orange in its uses, although one source does say it is the most antidepressant of the citrus oils.  

Elizabeth Zaffarano recently wrote:

I ordered that blood orange and I LOVE IT! It has that bit of tang that blood oranges have over regular oranges.  Favorite oil at the moment,  and really great w/ rosewood, and a little patchouli in the bath.

  

 

Blood Orange

15 ml $8.00

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ORANGE, Sweet

Citrus sinensis Organically produced, Mexico, Cold Pressed, Peel only.

The essential oil of the Sweet Orange is delightfully bright and cheery, strongly antidepressant. . Used in the aroma lamp, it brightens the atmosphere of a room. Blended with any of the spice or coniferous oils it makes a wonderful winter holiday blend. Orange is refreshing and relaxing. It can cause photosensitivity so be careful of applying to the skin prior to exposure to sunlight. It is generally considered mild enough for use with small children.

As said earlier, of all the oils where Organic as opposed to conventional farming methods make a difference, the citrus fruit oils lead the way. After all, when a crop is sprayed with insecticides, it is the rind of the orange that is coated with and absorbs the chemicals. Many of these chemicals carry through to the essential oils, and more are contained in cold pressed oils. The use of organic cold pressed oils will eliminate the chemical residue completely.

If you love orange, you owe it to yourself to try this. If you ever use orange essential oil internally, you must have this.

BLENDS WITH:  Geranium, Lavender, Neroli, Petitgrain, all woods and spices

Sweet Orange

15 ml $7.00

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TANGERINE

Citrus reticulata var Dancy Cert. Org., USA, Cold Pressed Rind

We've been out of stock on Tangerine for a long time, since we were unable to locate a producer of an Organic Tangerine Oil.

This is the younger cousin of my favorite Mandarine Oil... softer, sweeter, lacking the complexity of Mandarine, but a perfect child's oil with it's sweetness. Tangerine is a delightful alternative to Orange Oil, a bit lighter and much sweeter when used in a blend. Emotionally, it is cheering and strengthening.

Pregnant women and young children seem to enjoy it. I use it in a room spray or the aroma lamp with a touch of basil to keep me "up."

Many authors say Tangerine and Mandarine may be used interchangeably, but I find their scents very different. Our Mandarine seems a bit tarter, closer to a blend of orange and grapefruit, and much more complex, while this Tangerine is wonderfully sweet, a true citrus smile bringer. With my eyes closed, if I smell it I want to spread it on an English Muffin. Tangerine is a wonderful oil to diffuse in a toddler's room, or to add to his bath. As with all the citrus oils, beware of photosensitivity.

 

Tangerine

15 ml $7.00

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