I am a penny-pincher. I’m not ashamed to say it. I like to save money wherever and whenever I can. It’s not that I’m not generous or that I’m stingy, I just don’t like to be wasteful or irresponsible when it comes to resources and finances. That’s just who I am.
So, when I decided that I was interested in delving into the world of essential oils, I had to sit myself down and do some introspection. Here’s what I decided: Top-quality essential oils are not cheap. I cannot go to a consignment store and buy essential oils. I do not have the skills or resources to make my own essential oils. So, I had to make a decision about whether I really wanted to put a price tag on our health and wellness or just get creative and make room for these pharmaceutical-alternatives in our budget.
I think it’s probably obvious what I decided, but just in case you’re new around here, I decided that for our family, paying out a little bit of expense for these oils was worth more to me than having to pay out a lot of expense for medications, doctor’s visits, sick days, etc. That’s not to say that we don’t still pay for those things, but we have a new set of resources available to us in our essential oil arsenal that make those pesky expenses less frequent.
I know from talking to many of you that I’m not the only one that was worried about the expense associated with Young Living essential oils. There is definitely a growing interest amongst folks to have a natural alternative to Big Pharma, but there are two big barriers that people face: 1) A lack of knowledge on how to actually use essential oils and 2) finances. With a wholesale discount, Young Living essential oils are definitely affordable and completely worth the investment! There are 36 oils available to wholesale members that cost less than $20 per bottle. That is less than many people will pay for one bottle of prescription medication!
When I was just starting to get my feet wet in the essential oil world, I was overwhelmed by all of the oil possibilities and I think I had the notion that I should own each and every bottle that Young Living had to offer just in case I didn’t have the one I would need if I ever got a splinter, contracted the measles, got bitten by a king cobra, needed to retreat to a fallout shelter for 17 years, or needed a cloak of invisibility from all germs, bacteria, viruses, and any other enemies that might attack. My expectations were a little bit, umm, far-fetched, to say the least. But, when I took the time to actually sit down and learn about essential oils, I realized that most of the oils have a wide variety of uses and, honestly, even the most expensive ones aren’t going to make us completely invincible.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing some tidbits of information about how these less expensive oils can be beneficial for you and start to help you break down the barriers preventing you from joining the “oil revolution.” Hopefully,you will start to see for yourself that they are truly a worthy investment into your family’s health and wellness.
Essential oils from citrus fruits are cold-pressed and collected from the rind of the fruit. The “juice” that sprays onto your hand when you peel an orange is not actually juice at all (unless you squeeze the flesh of the orange itself), but rather the essential oil in the rind that protects the fruit from disease and pests. Citrus oils are high in the antioxidant d-limonene. D-limonene has been shown in studies (http://www.altmedrev.com/publications/12/3/259.pdf) to decrease symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), to dissolve kidney stones, to aid in weight loss, and may even help to fight cancer! Who knew, right?! And these powerful little antioxidants are found in some of the least expensive essential oils?! SCORE!
Generally speaking, the citrus oils are very uplifting and energizing. Their aromas are pleasing to most people and offer a brightness that promotes joy and happiness.
***It should be noted that citrus oils are photosensitive meaning that some people may experience skin discoloration if the area treated with citrus oils is exposed to UV rays after application. It is recommended that UV exposure be avoided for 12 hours after topical application.***
Lemon essential oil: According to Young Living, lemon contains 68% d-limonene and may be useful for the skin, supporting the central and sympathetic nervous systems, uplifting emotions and for energizing. Lemon essential oil is also great for cleaning up a sticky mess (think: chewing gum stuck in carpet, price tags stuck on products, Mayflies stuck on windshields, craft projects gone wrong, etc.), removing crayon or marker from many surfaces, and for removing stains.
Personally, I love the taste of lemon essential oil in my water. I use a glass water bottle when I go to work and put 1 or 2 drops in my bottle before filling it. It makes me want to drink more water AND I’ve noticed that on days when I’m feeling congested, if I drink lemon essential oil in my water, I am able to more easily expectorate that congestion. Could be coincidence, but . . . . We have also used lemon to: help bring down a fever, purify the air, add flavor when cooking, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and fight tough odors.
Jade Lemon essential oil: Similar to lemon essential oil, Jade Lemon contains a high concentration of d-limonene, as well. The Jade Lemon (Citrus limon eureka var. formosensis) is grown in southeast China and, unlike traditional lemons, never turn yellow. Their green rind (similar to a lime) contains very concentrated essential oils which are only released after the fruit is separated from the branch (whereas traditional lemons start to release their oils while they’re still growing). This oil has a lemon-lime type flavor that is refreshing, invigorating and energizing. It makes a great air freshener and helps to purify the air. Jade Lemon supports skin health, invokes feelings of happiness and also helps to induce relaxation.
This is also helpful with the removal of the sticky messes! I like to wear this one in my diffusing necklace when I go to work because it brings about mental clarity and helps me to feel more alert and energetic.
Lime essential oil: Also a good source of d-limonene, lime has traditionally been used to aid in the digestive process and to support a healthy immune system. It can be used to increase mental alertness and clarity of thought. Taken internally, it may help with weight management. Inhaled, some people might experience relief from nausea related to motion in travel.
I love to use my lime in cooking (pico de gallo, anyone?)! Lime is just a flavor that I love! I also use this one in my water bottle frequently. Sometimes in conjunction with lemon essential oil. My husband has used lime and grapefruit together in a capsule to help restore normal gastrointestinal function. I have put it in my homemade insect repellant and have seen great results, too.
Orange essential oil: This oil is wonderful for invoking feelings of peace and happiness. Children tend to enjoy the aroma of this oil and benefit from the emotional balance it provides. Orange essential oil has been shown in studies to support normal cellular function and regeneration.
I like to use orange essential oil in my face wash. I find it to be refreshing and uplifting. I have been known to shake things up a bit and put this into my water bottle, too. I make a yummy fruit dip with the orange oil, too. Want the recipe? Ready, set, go!
Orange Fruit Dip
2 Cups of plain or vanilla yogurt (regular or Greek both work fine)
10-15 drops of Young Living Orange essential oil
1-2 Tablespoons of honey
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Adjust sweetener to taste (Greek yogurt usually requires more honey than the regular yogurt). Enjoy with your favorite fresh fruit such as strawberries, pineapple, apples, bananas, or raspberries.
Tangerine essential oil: Tangerine has an aroma similar to the orange oil. It also helps to instill peaceful feelings and calmed emotions. But, it is also beneficial for reducing nervous irritability and feelings of insecurity. It helps to encourage positive emotions and restore vitality. Tangerine essential oil can be used to help decrease appetite which may help with weight management.
Grapefruit essential oil: Grapefruit is excellent to help support the body’s natural defenses because it’s also high in d-limonene. It is commonly used to help support weight-management efforts, but is also a great oil to help nourish the skin. The antioxidants help it to support normal immune functions.
I use grapefruit in my face wash as well. I really enjoy the citrus aroma and the brightness that it bestows. I have been taking grapefruit essential oil internally to help with appetite suppression. To be honest, I don’t do this consistently enough. I need to get better about that!
Citrus Fresh essential oil blend: Citrus Fresh is a great blend of essential oils for folks who cannot decide which citrus oil they want to invest in. It’s a blend of orange, tangerine, mandarin, grapefruit and lemon with an added little kick from spearmint. It is delicious in a glass of water and perfect as an air purifier. It is beneficial to support the immune system and also as a pick-me-up emotionally. Citrus Fresh reminds me of summertime–bright, cheery, and uplifting. This essential oil comes with every wholesale membership starter kit making it easy to carry around a bit of summer cheer in your pocket or your purse wherever you go!
For immune system support, energy, uplifted spirits, weight management, ease of gastrointestinal irritation and just general good food flavoring, citrus oils are the way to go! They’re affordable in that they’re all less than $20 each (with the wholesale discount) and they’re so versatile it’s hard to “go wrong” with this little buddies!
Have you used any of these oils in your home? Which ones are your favorites? Which ones are you itching to try? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it! If you have any questions about these or other oils, I’d be more than happy to help you out, too! Just let me know.
Come back next time and learn about the different kinds of eucalyptus oils that Young Living has to offer for less than $20!