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The benefits of citrus oils

Osteopath and naturopath Dr Bo Hendgen guides us through the many useful properties of organic citrus oils.

Give your body a wake-up call
The stimulating and cleansing properties of citrus oils are great for the body, especially in those sluggish areas. Use them to aid circulation, drainage and detoxification.
For cellulite:
Add 5 drops of grapefruit essential oil to a damp cloth and rub on areas with cellulite.
For swollen feet:
Add 10 drops of grapefruit essential oil to water and Epsom salts, then soak.
For massage:
Add 30 drops of sweet orange essential oil to 20ml of apricot kernal oil, and use for a gentle lymphatic massage.
For varicose veins:
Once or twice a day, dab 1-2 drops of organic lemon essential oil directly on varicose veins. Repeat until you see a difference.
For freshness:
Add 3 drops of bergamot essential oil and 2 drops of lemon essential oil to 5ml jojoba oil or aloe vera gel: it's a natural deodorant.
Stay happy, positive and calm
The zingy varieties of citrus can bring vitality, harmony, positivity and help restore clarity – plus they purify the air. If you're worried about diffusing oils over a naked flame, get a simple plug-in diffuser that safely warms your essential oils.
Also try:
Add 1-3 drops of organic lime essential oil to 1 litre of drinking water and sip away to stay happy all day.
Curb those cravings
Lime essential oil can stimulate a healthy appetite, while bergamot helps to calm cravings. For diet support, use 1 drop of bergamot essential oil on your wrist pulse points 2-6 times a day. This scent helps to satisfy the brain and will ease cravings.
In the kitchen
Keep an array of pure organic citrus oils on hand in the kitchen – you can use them in your cooking to enhance the flavour and healthiness of many a dish. When you're finished cooking, add 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil to ¼ tsp of olive oil and massage it into your chopping board to condition and disinfect the surface.
Be aware:
Because citrus oils come from the rind of the fruit, where pesticides and sprays accumulate most often, you should only use organic essential oils. Also, citrus oils are phototoxic, so avoid using on skin that will be exposed to bright sunlight immediately afterwards.
The fab five
  1. Lemon, citrus limonum. Antioxidant, antibacterial and antiseptic.
  2. Bergamot, citrus aurantium var. bergamia. Antiseptic, deodorant and calming.
  3. Grapefruit, citrus paradisi. Detoxifying, cellulite and a tonic.
  4. Lime, citrus aurantifolia. Antiviral, antiseptic, restorative and a tonic. Great energy booster.
  5. Orange, citrus aurantium. Warm and cheerful, its natural cleansing properties bring balance, harmony and a clear mind.

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