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    Yuzu Essential Oil

    April 14, 2014

    Have you used Yuzu? (Try saying that a few times fast!) Yuzu essential oil is extracted from Citrus junos, a small tree that produces citrus fruits that look like oranges or small grapefruits. Their color is orange-yellow with hints of green, and their peels are bumpy. […]

    Medicinal Blending: New Class at Aromahead Institute

    May 02, 2012

    New 2-day class for Aromatherapists! Medicinal Blending Citrus Oils: Top Notes Bursting with Potential Dates: August 18--19, 2012 Time: 9:30--5:30 Saturday and Sunday Cost: $300 Location: Ithaca, NY Register Here: Aromahead Institute More than just cheerful aromas in your collection, citrus oils have powerful healing actions. Explore the potential of these humble, affordable, fabulous top notes! […]

    I Love Citrus Essential Oils

    October 23, 2011

    It's true, I'm having a love affair with my citrus essential oils. And why not? They're uplifting and supportive . . . of our immune systems! We can use them for cleaning and diffusing into the air. Their aromas are familiar and bright. Citrus essential oils are inexpensive, and great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. And how about keeping your cutting board clean? […]

    Using Citrus Oils to Support Immunity

    March 08, 2011

    Let's talk about why citrus oils are so powerful for supporting immunity. It's one thing to know they're amazing, but another to really understand why! d-Limonene and Citrus Most citrus oils contain at least 60% d-limonene. The largest amounts of d-limonene (also known as (+)-limonene) are found in the citrus oils--such as Grapefruit, Orange, Clementine and Tangerine--which contain amounts ranging from 80-95%. Lemon, Mandarin, and Tangelo oils contain amounts ranging from 65-80%. The Research Why do we care? Research on d-limonene is significant. I know we can't assume that results from animal research (ugh!) will be the same as results from human use. That being said, there's still a lot to gain from this information. Immunostimulant effects of d-limonene seen in rodent studies include stimulating lymphocyte proliferation (4), increasing the total white blood cell count (5), increasing the number and phagocytic activity of macrophages (1,2), and stimulating antibody production (5). Natural killer cell activity was enhanced in vitro by d-limonene (3). Here are two ways I use citrus essential oils in my daily life for immune support: […]

    Citrus Essential Oils: Three Great Recipes for Fall

    September 21, 2010

    As the weather turns toward fall, I'm drawn to using my citrus essential oils. I diffuse them, make cleaning products with them, and add them into my body care products. […]

    Citrus Essential Oils: Avoiding Phototoxicity

    March 22, 2010

    Did you know that some citrus essential oils are not phototoxic? If you’ve been avoiding all citrus oils out of concerns over phototoxicity, you can still use a few citrus oils without worrying about potential phototoxic skin reactions. Citrus oils can generally be used without phototoxic concern if you stay within the proper safety guidelines. But for many aromatherapists, client compliance can be an issue--and even with compliance, there may be exceptions (someone might have a phototoxic reaction to a citrus oil even when used in the safe dilutions offered below). Likewise, if you’re a beginner, you may be uncomfortable keeping track of the dilution guidelines needed to ensure that phototoxic oils aren’t posing an issue. […]

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