Authentic Essential Oils – The Citrus Scent Family

Jun 30, 2015 | Health & Wellness

authentic essential oilsNature’s Sunshine provides a grand collection of authentic essential oils made from the best ingredients and practices. Our essential oils are broken down into six scent families, each with their own unique characteristics, but all held to the same standards of quality.

The citrus family is one of the most popular and dynamic of all of Nature’s Sunshine’s scents. With benefits that range from natural cleansers to anxiety soothers, having at least one or two citrus oils in your essential oil collection is a must.

Did you know that it takes 3,000 lemons to make only 2 pounds of lemon essential oil? That means a single drop equates to 20 lemons! This goes to show the extreme concentration of essential oil extracts. These high doses are partially what make essential oils so effective, but can also make them dangerous when used incorrectly.

Here are some best practices to keep in mind:

  • Never apply an essential oil directly to the skin. Always use a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, with topical application.
  • To encourage safe doses with children, dilute the essential oil and use it in an air diffuser. Use small doses and never use around children with respiratory diseases like asthma.
  • Never ingest essential oils without consulting a health-care professional.
  • Citrus oils are photosynthesizing, which means they can cause skin discoloration or burning when worn in the sun. Avoid the sun and tanning when using citrus oils.

Nature’s Sunshine citrus essential oil products are pesticide-free, almost all organic and lab-verified so you know that they are the best quality. Here are a few ways you can utilize Nature’s Sunshine’s citrus essential oils to get the most out of every use.


authentic essential oilsThe ripe fruit of the bergamot tree was born from the breeding of lemon and orange trees. Named after a city in Italy, Bergamot oil has become popular in Eastern Europe, although its roots have been traced back to Southeast Asia. Nature’s Sunshine Bergamot essential oil is organically grown.

Some top uses for Bergamot essential oil:

  • Its sweet citrus scent makes this essential oil ideal for calming nerves and is often used in massage therapy.
  • Bergamot can keep pests out of your vegetable garden when added to a spray bottle with water.
  • This oil’s antifungal and antibacterial properties clear up acne and freshen skin.


authentic essential oilsOne of the most popular essential oils, lemon has numerous uses that extend from boosting your immune system to providing a natural cleaning product. Here are some of our favorite uses for this super-powered essential oil.

One top use for lemon essential oil:

  • This citrus oil can help you freshen up your carpets and leave your house smelling clean and fresh. Just add a few drops to your vacuum bag and let the oil do the rest. Of course, this won’t clean your carpets if they’re seriously soiled, instead of potentially worsening the problem, you’d be better off looking into Aylesbury carpet cleaning and similar services local to you. Using a professional cleaning service can always be a safer option if you’re not wanting to risk destroying your carpet some more.

Pink Grapefruit

authentic essential oilsAlthough the origins of grapefruit are a mystery, it is widely believed that the sour citrus fruit originated from Jamaica. Grapefruit essential oil is extracted from the peel, not the pulp or flesh, and is largely used in aromatherapy. This essential oil has a way of working with the mind, perhaps because its sweet yet sour scent stimulates all the right places.

Some top uses for pink grapefruit essential oil:

  • When inhaled, this oil enters the mind with feel-good thoughts, so it is often used in aromatherapy to reduce hangovers, headaches, mental fatigue.
  • Studies have shown that grapefruit oil may suppress your appetite.

Red Mandarin

authentic essential oilsLike the Bergamot fruit, red mandarin migrated from China to Europe and is now largely produced in Italy. This versatile oil has antiseptic, digestive and sedative properties, and it is also generally considered gentle enough to use with children. If you’re a busy parent, this essential oil might just be the secret ingredient you’ve been looking for to soothe your child’s everyday needs.

Some top uses for red mandarin essential oil:

  • Red mandarin oil’s antiseptic properties help heal and protect from infections. Use a few drops diluted with a carrier oil to relieve cuts and scrapes.
  • Because of red mandarin’s sedative qualities, it can be used to calm nerves and reduce stress. Use in a diffuser to relax manic children or relieve yourself of amped anxiety.


Knowing where your essential oils come from is an important key to using them effectively. If you’re using essential oils to reduce stress, why add the anxiety of not knowing how your oils are made? Nature’s Sunshine wants you to be able to focus on the healing effects of essential oils by guaranteeing that our oils will always be 100% pure and authentic.

Check back soon to see the benefits of the other essential oil scent families that Nature’s Sunshine provides.