March Essential Oil of the Month: Kumquat!

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March Oil of the Month: Kumquat

kumquat essential oil

Just in time for spring and summer, we have a refreshingly juicy offering for this Oil of the Month.

Meet Kumquat!

This little fruit with a funny name boasts a big personality and an awesome array of benefits.


kumquat essential oilAs one of the five original ancestral citruses,[1] Kumquat descends from an ancient history appearing as early as the 12th century in Chinese literature.[2] The kumquat fruit has been revered in traditional Chinese medicine for its therapeutic benefits.

Native to Southeast Asia, the kumquat is the size of an olive and grows on a small, compact evergreen tree. Kumquat translates to “golden orange” for its color. [3]

Because the rind of the kumquat is so refreshingly sweet, the small fresh fruit is often eaten whole, or enjoyed preserved in sugar syrup, or as a jelly.[4] And, Kumquat Essential Oil is cold pressed from this delicious fruit peel. 


While it offers some similar therapeutic benefits to other orange fruits, Kumquat is not your everyday citrus essential oil. Kumquat is especially high in Limonene giving it a bright, beautiful aroma and a bounty of benefits.

Kumquat is very uplifting to the senses and energizing to the mind. If you need a morning boost to get out of bed, or an afternoon pick-me-up, Kumquat can help get you going, while doing double duty to lift your mood.

It supports a healthy immune system and can help boost your household cleaners. The rich scent adds a remarkable freshness to clear a stale room while creating a positive environment.

Bringing a burst of joyful sunshine, Kumquat would be especially perfect to clear out the winter blahs, while putting a pep in your step when completing spring cleaning.


Wondering what to blend with Kumquat? Oh my goodness, the possibilities are endless to satisfy the senses. It can be cast as the central star, or bring a boost of sparkle to your synergy.

One whiff of Kumquat and I was off and running with quite an array of mini-master blends, including several previous Oil of the Month selections.  I hope these will inspire you to explore and enjoy your own creations as well. Just see where the gorgeous Kumquat leads you and your nose.

These mini-master blends can be placed in your diffuser or tripled for a personal aromatherapy inhaler. They can also be diluted appropriately in your favorite carrier oil for topical application, or your favorite DIY base, except where noted.

Kumquat itself is KidSafe® and safe for the sun. Because it is being mixed with other essential oils, please note any cautions listed with each synergy.

Tropical Coffee

A delicious aroma to help get you going in the morning, waking you up to the possibilities of a positive day.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For cinnamon leaf, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.6%  for topical use applications.

Move Mint

  • 2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica
  • 2 drops Spearmint Mentha spicata
  • 1 drop Rhododendron* Rhododendron anthopogon

A beautifully expansive aroma to help move stagnant, negative energy and emotions and to support you in coming back into a more positive place.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For spearmint, we recommend a maximum dilution of 1.7% for topical applications.

*Rhododendron was featured as an Oil of the Month. Check back to see if it will be stocked for general availability. 

Fruity Fresh

A simple way to send some happy to your senses, while helping to sweetly freshen your living space.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For Chamomile German CO2, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.1% – 0.2% in blends for the skin.

Freshly Clean

  • 2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica
  • 2 drops Balm Mint Bush Prostanthera melissifolia
  • 2 drop Lemon Myrtle* Backhousia citriodora

A wonderfully refreshing addition to to help clear the air and to boost your cleaning products.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: For Lemon Myrtle, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.7% for topical application.

  • Lemon Myrtle was featured as an Oil of the Month. Please check back to see if it will be stocked for general availability. 

Green Peace

An uplifting and calming scent to soothe an overworked mind and body.  Can do double duty if properly diluted for an aromatic bath.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: None known.

Fresh Blossom

A beautifully refreshing scent bringing forth the softly sweet blooms of spring and summer to sooth the senses.

KidSafe: No

Cautions: Do not use Rose Otto Diluted 10% in your diffuser due to the presence of carrier oil. For Rose Otto, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.6% for topical use.

Peace of Paradise

An indulgent exotic escape, this sumptuous synergy can help a tired mind stay open and on point while practicing meditation or other introspective self-care.

KidSafe®: Yes

Cautions: For Sandalwood Indian, we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical applications.

Mental Staycation

  • 2 drops Kumquat Fortunella japonica
  • 2 drops Massoia Bark* Cryptocaria massoia
  • 1 drop Peru Balsam* Myroxylon balsamum

Needing your summer vacation now? Try this for a mental get away that will take you right to the tropics. Soothing and calming, this synergy is for diffusion only.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: This synergy is for diffusion only.  For Massoia Bark, do not use on skin. Recommended for diffusion only. Do not use while pregnant or nursing. For Peru Balsam, we recommend a maximum dilution of 0.4% for topical application.

  • Massoia Bark was featured as an Oil of the Month. Please check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 
  • Peru Balsam was featured as an Oil of the Month. Please check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 



[1] Stone, Daniel. “For Citrus, It’s All Relative.” National Geographic, Feb. 2017, p. 24.

[2] “Kumquat.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation,

[3] “Kumquat.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation,

[4] Lim, T. K. Edible Medicinal And Non-Medicinal Plants: Volume 4, Fruits. Springer Netherlands, 2012.



18 thoughts on “March Oil of the Month: Kumquat”

  • Kumquat has become one of those oils that I find myself reaching for time and time again. I use it for my DIY cleaner, foaming hand soap, lip balm, diffusing…the list goes on! Unfortunately, I’m almost out and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it becomes a regularly stocked item, because I’m not sure how I will live without it.

  • PLEASE make this a regular purchase!!! I missed out on this OOTM and dearly need it! Thanks for the consideration!

    1. Hi, Katie! Thank you so much for your comment — it’s feedback like this that helps us make decisions on our future products!

  • Mmmm yes please do make this a permanent member of the Plant Therapy Family! I love everything about this oil 🙂

    1. It was a great one, very citrus-y and fresh. Loved it! I’ll pass it along that you want it to be added to our regular inventory. 🙂

  • Thank you for the recipes. I love Kumquat and I hope that Plant Therapy considers carrying this regularly. Can kumquat cause photosensitivity like other citrus oils do? Also I was wondering what the shelf life is after it’s opened. I really enjoy OOTM and the information that is provided with the oils, but I wondered if the shelf life could be included either with the sheet that comes with it or maybe in the blog post about it. Thank you again for all the great recipes and posts that you do. I really enjoy reading them.

    1. Hi Ali! My pleasure! I really hope you enjoy the recipes and experimenting on your own as well! I am hoping it will be added to regular inventory as well. It certainly has had a great response. Kumquat is safe for use in the sun. Plant Therapy guarantees shelf life of the oils for one year once it is opened. Like other citrus oils, Kumquat keeps a bit longer in the fridge and away from light and heat. I will share your wishes about including shelf life information. It also helps if you share them directly with our customer service team. They can be reached at [email protected]. Thanks so much!

      1. Thank you for the information about storing it. I love experimenting with my oils and trying new things. The blog posts help me learn a lot. I really appreciate everything that you all do.

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