40 ways citrus oils can brighten your day

40 Ways Citrus Oils Can Brighten Your Day

When you’re searching for a fresh, invigorating, palpably sweet yet clean scent, which essential oil do you reach for? The citrus oils, of course!

But how do you choose between Young Living’s eight bright oils? On the surface, they appear similar—all are cold-pressed from citrus rinds and have versatile uses—but every one of them features its own special traits to naturally enhance your lifestyle. Discover the versatility of each squeezed peel below.


Bergamot essential oil 

Bergamot essential oil

Constituents: limonene, linalyl acetate, linalol, gamma-terpinene, and beta-pinene

Also found in: Joy™Progessence Plus™ Serum, and Awaken™

Fun fact: Bergamot is often used in perfumes and colognes for its diverse undertones featuring sweet, citrus, and lightly spiced notes.

What sets it apart: Bergamot essential oil  includes hints of sweet and relaxing elements that add a feminine fragrance to your diffuser blends, lotions, and everything in between.  

How to use Bergamot

  • Embrace Sunday vibes by diffusing this calming oil. Pair it with Lavender on days that need a relaxation boost!
  • Mix 8-10 drops with water in a spray bottle to freshen the air, especially when your house has a musty odor.
  • Add to your night cream for a floral, feminine fragrance.
  • Create an unexpected twist by stirring in a drop of Bergamot Vitality™ for every teaspoon of zest in your baked goods recipe.
  • Design your own signature scent with a DIY perfume.

Grapefruit essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Constituents: limonene, sabinene, and nootkatone

Also found in: Slique® Essence and Cel-Lite Magic™ Massage Oil

Fun fact: Grapefruits got their name because they grow in clusters on trees, similar to grapes growing on vines.

What sets it apart: Grapefruit essential oil is a staple with a vibrant, uplifting scent—minus any bitterness from the fruit.

How to use Grapefruit

  • Create your own exfoliating scrub by combining 5 drops with ½ cup sea salt, ¼ cup V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex, 5 drops Cypress, and 3 drops Peppermint.
  • Diffuse its zesty, invigorating aroma before your next workout!
  • Add to your nighttime skin care routine for its cleansing effect.
  • Put a drop of Grapefruit Vitality™ in your water bottle for daily support in weight management.
  • Mix with Citronella essential oil and water for an outdoor spray that smells sweeter than a citrus orchard.

Jade Lemon essential oil 

Jade Lemon essential oil

Constituents: limonene

Also found in: Thieves® Laundry Soap and Thieves Dish Soap

Fun fact: Jade Lemon is Young Living trademarked with a unique lemon-lime scent that’s purely sublime!

What sets it apart: Jade Lemon essential oil is like Lemon’s younger sibling; it’s sweeter and less tart, but still has the familiar Lemon scent.

How to use Jade Lemon

  • Remove crayon or permanent marker from walls. Take note, parents!
  • Diffuse near your shoe rack to eliminate unwanted odors.
  • Add to dishwashing detergent to give a fresh scent to your dishes and dishwasher at the same time!
  • Put a drop of Jade Lemon Vitality™ in plain yogurt for a uniquely sweet flavor. Tickle your palate by adding berries and Gary’s True Grit® Einkorn Granola to make a parfait.
  • Add to your favorite skin care products for a brighter skin tone.

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Constituents: limonene, gamma-terpinene, beta-pinene, alpha-pinene, and sabinene

Also found in: The Thieves lineForgiveness™, and Surrender™

Fun fact: The peels of 75 lemons go into one 15 ml bottle of Lemon essential oil.

What sets it apart: Lemon essential oil is often used for its fresh, undeniably clean scent.

How to use Lemon

  • Apply a few drops to your hair to remove gum. Sticky hair beware!
  • Help kids focus during quiet time by adding Lemon to your diffuser.
  • Add one drop of Lemon Vitality™ to hot or iced tea for an extra-tasty tang.
  • Bring a fresh scent to your squeaky clean home by adding a few drops to your floor, window, or surface cleaning solutions.
  • Use in your nighttime routine to get skin with youthful radiance.

Lime essential oil

Lime essential oil

Constituents: limonene, beta-pinene, and sabinene

Also found in: Stress Away™ART® Beauty Masque, and Common Sense™

Fun fact: The fruit is a common ingredient in a variety of cuisines, including Mexican, Thai, and Vietnamese.

What sets it apart: Lime essential oil, though not necessarily sour, is tarter than the other citrus oils.

How to use Lime

  • Boost those sparks of creativity by diffusing this bright, refreshing scent.
  • Refresh your refrigerator by storing a box of baking soda with a few drops of lime in the fridge to absorb odors.
  • Infuse your meat marinades with Lime Vitality™ for a blast of citrus flavor.
  • Add to your favorite skin care products to get your glow on!
  • Enhance your favorite hand lotion (we like Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion) by adding a drop or two of Lime when you apply .

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