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Friday, March 1, 2019

Essential Oils 101 with Jess - March 2019: Citrus Fresh

Awhile ago, I got curious about essential oils.  A lot of people I know that either prefer natural/herbal medicines or cannot take or use a lot of modern antibiotics due to allergies or other health issues use essential oils.  Because of this, I asked a friend of mine, Jessica, who is an essential oil guru in my opinion, if she'd be willing to do a monthly feature on here for me about essential oils, and she said she'd be delighted to! :)  "Essential Oils 101 with Jess" will go live the first day of every month, and I hope you find the information helpful!  If you're curious about essential oils, this information will be a great starting point for you! (See the disclaimer at the bottom of the post for further information.)

Without further adieu, I give you Jess!


As a wife to a husband who works hard at 50+ hours a week and a stay-at-home Mommy of 2 very busy littles, I simply say, "Hello!  My name is Jess!"  I've been faithfully using my Young Living kit and oils for 2 years now.  I thought that they were just over priced bottles of smelly oils, and it took me a year before I actually USED them in 2016 after my daughter was born and she fell ill.  After a few failed attempts of medicines and research, I made the choice to turn to oils.  The difference within 24 hours sold me out, and now they've become a daily part of my family's lives!  I love to do research upon research to find just what different oils are, what they do, and how I can use them.  My passion to share and teach others continues to grow daily.  Unfortunately, we aren't born with vast amounts of wisdom and knowledge, so that's why I'm here!  I want to make that road a little easier for each of you! 

March's Oil of the Month:
Citrus Fresh 15mL
 Cost: Wholesale - $15.75, Retail - $20.72

Well, we've sure had some massive winter storms here in Northern Michigan the past few weeks, sheesh!  And my BFF, Mr. Weatherman, has called for MORE tonight, but, see, there is a problem with this!!  I am ready for S P R I N G to SPRING!  I have that fever...the one when you have GOT to open those windows and doors and sweep your months of dust and germs outside and prepare for the sunshine!  But alas, I have to wait.  So, my March oil choice is Citrus Fresh!  Why?  Well, not only am I going to get a kick up in my energy, but my downright depressed snow-self is going to get that kick in my mood that I need to carry on.

What is in this gorgeous bright bottle?  Spearmint, Lemon, Orange, Tangerine, Mandarin and Grapefruit!  Talk about a refreshing one, right!?!?  It's better than picking a fresh fruit right off of a southern blooming tree!

So, maybe you see the ingredients and think, "What on EARTH is the difference of Orange/Tangerine/Mandarin?  Like, aren't those the same fruits?"  NOPE!  The California Citrus study quotes:
  • Oranges are second in size to the grapefruit.  This citrus fruit has a thick skin, is round in shape, and has a tart flavor.
  • Mandarins are a type of orange and the overarching category that Tangerines, Clementines, and Satsumas fall into.  They are generally smaller and sweeter than oranges, a little flatter in shape, and they and have a thinner, looser skin that makes them easier to peel.
  • Tangerines are a specific type of mandarin orange.  They are a bright orange color, slightly tougher skins, and their flavor is a little less sweet and a bit more tart.

So, although they are similar, not all that is orange are....well...oranges! (HAHAHA!!)

So aside from just opening this bottle and inhaling the aroma (which you can do and still enjoy the health and energy benefits!!), you can also use it in a variety of recipes!  You can add it to your ice water, you can mix it into your frosting, or you can even shake up your  very own salad dressing oil!  The way you choose to kick up your life with this bottle of sunshine can vary depending on circumstances, too!  So, like today with tons of snow outside my window and more on the way, I'm using it as an encouragement to my mood and my home!  I shook up a bottle of sunshine and sprayed it in every room onto my carpets as well as my curtains!

Citrus Fresh Room Spray

What you'll need:
-Amber or glass spray bottle (DO NOT USE plastic bottles!  The citrus oils may react with the chemicals and break down the actual bottle!!!!)
-Lukewarm water
-10+ drops of Citrus Fresh*

1. Fill the bottle with lukewarm water.

2. Add in 10+ drops of Citrus Fresh.

And that is IT guys!!!!  Shake it up well and go to town on your home!  I use the mist setting for most of the rooms, but will turn that spray nozzle to stream and shoot it directly down any drain in my bathroom or kitchen.  It fights that bacteria and germy yuck that is clinging inside those pipes!  Once you're done spreading the sunshine, add a drop into your water and enjoy!!  You'll feel like a new spring chick!

*Click on the link to view the ingredient list to see if this product is right for you and fits your individual allergen needs.  There is also a Vitality variety of Citrus Fresh.  You can search the other oils and blends here.

Ready to have your own bottle of Citrus Fresh, make your own Citrus Fresh Room Spray, or want to know more about how to get your own oils?
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For even more information on how you can get started with Young Living Essential Oils, click here.

Curious as to "Why Young Living?"  Click here.

Want to keep up with my latest oils, info and discovery?
Head over to my blog, Essentially Balanced.

Disclaimer:  This post is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of your doctor’s medical advice.  Though essential oils can be of great benefit for many people, they need to be used properly, and please be advised that some people cannot use essential oils due to allergies, sensitivities, etc.  I highly recommend that you discuss the use of essential oils with your allergist or physician prior to using them for the first time to see if essential oils are right for you.  All information shared here is based on the personal experiences of Jessica Pero and/or myself, and individual results can vary.  Neither of us are doctors, and we cannot treat, cure or diagnose any medical conditions.  

Neither Jessica nor I have been paid for our opinion of Young Living products, though free samples may have been sent to us at times (most products will have been purchased by at least Jessica for personal use vs. being given to her for free to try prior to it appearing on this page).  Our opinions are 100% our own without censor and reflect our personal feelings on the products and not that of the company/person that sent them to us.  If I do not have a comment on a particular product, it is because I have not personally tried it.  No product will be shown on this site that has not been tried by at least Jessica beforehand.

This post will also contain links (that were safe and valid at the time of posting) to outside sources to give you more information about the products listed and about how to purchase these products, including but not limited to the option to set up an account with Young Living.  You are not required nor obligated to set up an account with Young Living nor to purchase products from them by visiting these links.  If you choose to set up an account with Young Living or buy their products, you do so at your own discretion.  Furthermore, by using the information in this post, you expressly acknowledge and agree that Caring Foodie, its author (Julie Moore), Jessica and Caleb Pero, Essentially Balanced, Young Living, and are not responsible for the outcomes of your decisions resulting from the use of this information including, but not limited to, your choosing to purchase or not purchase products, to take (or not to take) a specific course of action based on the information shared herein or your seeking (or not seeking) professional medical care.


Thanks for being my guest, Jess!

I hope you all have enjoyed learning a little more about Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend.  If you have further questions, please leave a comment below and Jess will respond as she is able or contact her via her "Contact" page.

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