Lemon, Mandarin Green, Orange Fruit Essence Oils: Uses and Benefits

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October Oil of the Month: Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange Fruit Essences

Holy wow, do we have a juicy triple treat for this Oil of the Month!

Behold, your own set of fruit essence oils, including Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange! But, these aren’t your everyday citrus oils. Hold onto your hats, because this trio is about to elevate your experience with the essential nature of the citrus family.

Because of the way they are extracted from plants, essences pack a more potent scent bringing forth an intense, brighter, fresher sense of the actual fruit itself. Rather than coming from the cold pressed rind like their essential oil cousins, essences are distilled from the juice of the fruit.

We introduced essences with the Tropical Passion Synergy Oil of the Month. In that instance, we used Orange Essence Oil boost this scent to a higher level of sumptuousness.

Background

Essence oils are extracted as part of the process to create fruit juice. During the last phase, volatile oils float to the top of the tanks where they are collected and distilled to separate them from the water of the juice source.

Lemon Essence OilLemon source for lemon essential oil Citrus limon

This well-known fruit ripens to its bright yellow color on small evergreen trees cultivated around the world. The lemon fruit is ubiquitous in flavoring food and beverages and in scenting perfumes and personal care products.

Historically, the actual fruit has been employed for illnesses from infection to arthritic conditions.[1]

While similar to Lemon Steam Distilled Essential Oil in chemical makeup, Lemon Essence Oil offers a noticeable estery fruitiness, which is unique to essence oils. Because Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, it is useful in applications where discoloration is a problem.

Mandarin Green Essence Oil

Mandarin Oranges for Essence Oils

Citrus nobilis

Closely related to the tangerine, the mandarin in native to Asia, and especially southern China. The small evergreen tree is now cultivated in Europe, the Middle East, and Brazil, while its more familiar cousin, the tangerine, took root in Texas, Florida, and California.

In the historical healing arts, the mandarin fruit’s gentle nature has been considered ideal to support digestive issues for children and the elderly. Its beautiful citrus scent is used as a flavoring agent in sweet liquors and in personal care products, especially colognes[2]

This version of Mandarin Essence Oil has been harvested early enough to yield the green and yellow oils, rather than the reddish oils from later harvests. This particular variety also has a dimethyl anthranilate note, which highlights the fruit’s concord grape-like attributes.

Orange Essence OilOrange EssenceCitrus sinensis

Originating in China, the beloved sweet orange fruit grows on a small evergreen tree. In the United States, the sweet orange is iconic in its association with the sunshine cultures and crop industries of California and Florida.

In Europe, sweet orange can be found more extensively around the Mediterranean. The orange fruit is important in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a variety of ailments[3]

Orange Essence Oil differs from Orange Sweet Essential Oil with its strong effervescent, fruity top note and additional aldehydes (approximately 0.5%). The chemical makeup is otherwise nearly identical to Orange Sweet Essential Oil. 

Benefits

Essence Oils provide similar benefits to their essential oil counterparts. You can use essences interchangeably with their essential oil counterparts in your synergies with the benefit of a big boost to the scent.

Some of the potential benefits to consider include the following:

Lemon Essence Oil Citrus limon

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Supports Concentration and Focus
  • Provides Respiratory During Seasonal Illness
  • Offers Immune Support
  • Helps to Brighten Skin’s Appearance
  • Cleansing and Clearing

Mandarin Green Essence Oil Citrus nobilis

  • Calming and Refreshing
  • Uplifting
  • Soothes Nervous Tension
  • Soothes Restlessness
  • Eases Digestive Upset
  • Supports Slumber

Orange Essence Oil Citrus sinensis

  • Uplifting and Energizing
  • Clearing and Refreshing
  • Eases Worry
  • Soothes Nervous Tension
  • Soothes Digestive Distress
  • Supports the Immune System

Blending

In addition to considering the benefits for your synergies, we recommend you become familiar with the more intense scents of the essences in relation to their essential oil counterparts.

Because of their aromatic strength, you may wish to adjust your synergies to accommodate your preferred scent profiles.

Lemon Essence Oil Citrus limon

Lemon Essence Oil has an intense, citrus scent. It is perfect to add a boost of fresh zest to your synergy. Additionally, Lemon Essence Oil is colorless, making it useful in applications where discoloration may be problematic.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: Lemon Essence Oil can cause photosensitivity. To avoid this we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical application.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Mandarin Green Essence Oil Citrus nobilis

Mandarin Green Essence Oil has an intense, sweet, fresh citrus scent. It will add a burst of sweet richness to any blend.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: None Known.

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Orange Essence Oil Citrus sinensis

Orange Essence Oil offers an intense, fresh citrus aroma. Use Orange Essence Oil to brighten up your blends.

KidSafe: Yes

Cautions: None Known

Shelf Life: 1-2 years

This synergy is just bursting with the combined fresh and fruity scents from this special set of citrus essences oils.

Mandarin, lemon and orange fruit essencesFresh and Fruity Synergy

You can use this synergy to clear the air with its deliciously bright and refreshing scent and when seeking to calm your senses, soothe your spirit, and lift your mood.

What you’ll need:

Add 5 drops per 100 ml of water to your diffuser, 15 drops to your personal aromatherapy inhaler, or use topically with the proper dilution ratios.

Kidsafe: Yes

Cautions: Lemon Essence Oil can cause photosensitivity. To avoid this we recommend a maximum dilution of 2% for topical application.

  • Bergamot Mint was offered as an Oil of the Month Selection. Check back to see if it will be offered for general availability. 

Sources:

[1] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

[2] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

[3] Lawless, Julia. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: the Complete Guide to the Use of Aromatic Oils in Aromatherapy, Herbalism, Health & Well-Being. Conari Press, 2013.

 

23 thoughts on “October Oil of the Month: Lemon, Mandarin Green, and Orange Fruit Essences”

  1. I love adding orange to any diffuser blend! Lemon is great for cleaning and smells yummy! I want to try mandarin green now!

    1. Bobbi, we do not recommend that essence oils are used around cats as they contain many of the same qualities as essential oils 🙂

  2. Is the shelf life refers to unopened bottle too? I plan to purchase lemon essence but I still have lemon oil. I will open the lemon essence once I have consumed the lemon oil.

  3. As much as I already love citrus oils, these Essences rocked my world. They smell so fresh and tangy. It’s like someone just pierced the skin of the ripest fruit!

    1. That is a beautiful description, Alexis! Thank you so much for sharing and we are so glad you love the essences 🙂

  4. October was my first month apart of the OOTM club and I am so glad I indulged finally. These are 3 amazing essence oils that are beyond amazing, Plant Therapy is the best!

  5. I never thought I’d be a citrus person but LOVE it! Just ordered the 100 ml bottles of Lemon, which I also use for housecleaning, and Sweet Orange <3

  6. I absolutely love these oils. I make an all purpose spray from another blog with them, and it smells amazing like I am cleaning with fresh fruits on the rag. I clean my counters when I am stressed just so I can smell the spray. On a side note my kitchen has never been cleaner!!

  7. Wos I didn’t know Mandarin promotes sleep. Its a very happy smelling pilmo love wearing it on my diffuser jewelry
    Thanks for the info

  8. I love this set! I do feel they are a little weaker than the standard EOs. That’s ok, though. Some may prefer that. Also, are these as phototoxic as the standard EO counterparts? Thank you!

    1. Great question, Lindsey! Yes; treat the essence oils the same as you would their essential oil counterparts in terms of phototoxicity risks.

  9. This months oils are fantastic! I love how they are just slightly different in scent to the other citrus oils. Great addition to my collection!

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