The Top Uses for Lime, Grapefruit Pink, May Chang, Sweet Fennel & Citronella

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The Top Uses for Lime, Grapefruit Pink, May Chang, Sweet Fennel & Citronella

If you shopped with us on May 4th, you were lucky enough to score one (or all) of these essential oils at an incredible price. But now what? If you’re at a bit of a loss for how to incorporate these oils into your collection, keep reading. We’ve rounded up some of the best uses and DIYs for each essential oil. You’ll be sure to find some new favorites.

Let the oily goodness begin!

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Grapefruit Pink

Grapefruit Pink is a staple in any essential oil collection! Its citrusy, fresh, sweet aroma is instantly recognizable and has a variety of therapeutic benefits. It helps boost energy levels, brighten your mood and even help with mental alertness. Grapefruit makes an excellent addition to any diffuser blend, inhaler blend or even an aromatherapy necklace.

Pink Grapefruit Brain Tamer Essential Oil Roller Blend

Brain Tamer Roller Blend

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

First, add essential oils to the empty roller bottle. Then fill with a carrier oil. Finally, apply to temples and back of the neck.

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May Chang

If you love bright, lemony scents, this oil is for you! It can help uplift, stimulate, and provide much needed mental clarity. In addition to helping give you that boost of energy, May Chang is also incredibly useful in skincare. Dilute 0.8% in a carrier oil like Meadowfoam to help fight blemishes and oily skin.

May Chang Essential Oil DIY Dusting Spray

DIY Dusting Spray

What you will need:

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What you’ll do:

Simply spray and wipe, I like using a microfiber cloth.  Shake well before each use. Store in the fridge and use after a week.

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Sweet Fennel

This oil might be another lesser-known that just got added to your collection. Even though you might not know how to you use it yet, that’s all about to change. As the name suggests, it has a sweet, slightly spicy, earthy scent. One of the things it’s best for is helping with digestive upset. Simply dilute to 2% in your favorite carrier oil and massage onto your abdomen. Sweet Fennel is also helpful in relieving worries while giving you a boost of energy. No more drowsiness!

One note of caution, because this oil is estrogenic, it should not be used on children or women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have endometriosis.

Sweet Fennel Essential Oil Cottage Kitchen Diffuser Blend

Cottage Kitchen Diffuser Blend

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Combine and diffuse in your aromatherapy diffuser.

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And now for Citronella. Chances are you smelled this lemony citrus aroma before as it’s a common scent in bug repellent candles. It comes as no surprise then that Citronella essential oil is excellent at helping to keep outdoor annoyances at bay. It also helps create a relaxing environment, support the respiratory system and provide relief for sore, aging joints.

Citronella Essential Oil Outdoor Spray

Outdoor Spray DIY:

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Mix all ingredients in 4 oz Spray Bottle. Shake well before each use.

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Who doesn’t love the sweet, green citrus aroma of Lime?! This oil is uplifting, invigorating and cleansing. It’s a perfect choice if you need to clear your mind and get a mental boost. Lime is also a great oil to help support the immune system and keep outdoor annoyances away. And like many citrus oils, the fresh aroma makes it a useful addition to cleaning DIYs.

Lime Essential Oil DIY Citrus Window Cleaner

DIY Citrus Window Cleaner

What you’ll need:

  • 1-½ cups white vinegar
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 8 drops Lime
  • 16-ounce spray bottle

What you’ll do:

Put all ingredients in the bottle. Shake well and use. Store in the fridge and try to use within a couple weeks.


89 thoughts on “The Top Uses for Lime, Grapefruit Pink, May Chang, Sweet Fennel & Citronella”

  • For the bug spray I am only missing rosalina. Can I omit it or substitute it for something else? Will the whole recipe be ruined without?

    1. Nope, the recipe wouldn’t be ruined without it. Eucalyptus is a great substitute for Rosalina (use Dives if it needs to be KidSafe) or you can leave it out and make up the drops with the other oils. Although, Rosalina is pretty great, so it might be worth investing in!

  • Would love to try make the brain tamer blend ! Any suggestions for a substitute EO for roman chamomile ?
    Thanks !

  • I’m so glad I saw this post! I just got new windows in my apartment and I can’t wait to try the citrus window cleaner!! Thanks so much for all the great posts!

  • This sale was amazing! I am just now using these oils a little more frequently and was wondering about how safe they are to diffuse around dogs. I do not use oils on my pets but they are like my shadows so if I am diffusing something they are there. I was specifically wondering about May Chang (its slight obscurity is making it hard for me to find any info on if it is pet safe) and Sweet Fennel.
    I have used Grapefruit and Lime in my diffuser with no problems so far.
    Citronella is in my DIY bug spray that often goes on my dogs for an extra layer of protection and that one has worked great as well.

    1. Hi Ana. So glad you loved the sale! We have a comprehensive list of which essential oils are safe to use around pets that you can find here.

  • I LOVE grapefruit–one of the most underrated EOs, IMO. That and bergamot are my go-to’s when I need to calm my nerves. I have the steam-distilled lime; am less crazy about that, but it’s great that it’s not phototoxic. Will have to try May Chang soon!

  • Super helpful! I love these “cliff notes” summaries of the oils available. Thank you!

  • I took advantage of the May the Fourth sale and tried May Chang and I am so glad I did! I love it! It’s great when PT gives us sales that are too good to pass up so we can try new oils. I also appreciate the great blog posts that usually go along with them. Thanks PT!

  • This is an awesome companion piece for the set of oils I just purchased. PT’s blends are the best.

  • Got all these except for May Chang which I regret now! So many uses, tips like these are very useful for users like me who are just with the basic knowledge.

  • Love the idea of using lime in my window washing solution. Hopefully it’ll overpower the vinegar scent.!

  • These recipes are awesome. I need to make the Brain Tamer right now, it has all my favorites in it. Thank you for sharing.

  • So excited to find a blend with sweet fennel as I purchased it while it was on sale and not a huge fan of the smell but certainly can tolerate it blended with other EOs just didn’t know what. Can’t wait to try the cottage kitchen blend!

  • I love how PT is not only a place to buy oils but they also provide info and fun recipes to use them!

  • I don’t have Roman Chamomile, but I will try the grapefruit recipe! All of the recipes are great to ty, but I miss many of the oils. I’ll do the Brain Tamer for sure, just minus the Chamomile!

  • Just made a bug spray, which included Citronella, among other oils, to take with us on a recent trip to Central America. The mosquitos weren’t as bad as we had been warned, but one evening I did catch a stealthy one land on my husband, and more followed. I whipped out my spray, and he rubbed it on all exposed areas…didn’t have any more trouble.

  • I got all of these oils on the special and I had no idea what May Chang was or that citronella smelled good!! I’m so glad I got them and I’m excited to try these recipes. I’ve used the fennel and grapefruit for an upset stomach, it helped, and I absolutely love grapefruit and the licorice smell of the fennel. I was surprised by the Lemonhead smell of May Chang and I have added it to my face oil. Great oils!

  • I purchased these while they were on special because they were such a great price and because I had been wanting to try some of them. My favorite scent is Grapefruit Pink, but I really like all of them. I can’t wait to try some of these DIY recipes. Thanks PT for putting this all together.

  • Love all these oils. Have made a beneficial change in many of my blends. Will be keeping a supply of all of them for my blends. Have not only made the recipes, but have used the May Chang, Grapefruit, & Lime to create a Morning Star blend that promotes focus & alertness. The Citronella makes the perfect insect repellent that works wonderfully. Plan on reordering all these oils.

  • Lime and grapefruit, 2 of my favs! Love these ideas, especially the reed diffusers. I can never have enough good smells going on in my house 🙂

  • If I wanted the dusting spray to last longer could I sub everclear and how much for the water, or would polysorbate 20 and optiphen be better choice? Thank you

  • Excited to try the dusting spray but not too sure about adding the lemon. may be lemon over kill..

  • Lime is an oil I don’t use often, but look forward to trying these suggestions! I also love having another outdoor spray option, as I like to alternate between recipes. Thank you for the great recipes!

  • Thank you so much for posting this! I got all four of them during the sale, then realized I had no clue what to do with any of them aside from the grapefruit. Having read this, I’m so glad I got the other three as well. I look forward to using them soon. 🙂

  • I take advantage of the promotion and buy the oils, excellent aromas at a great price

  • Read this at the perfect time! Experiencing some digestive upset right now. Thank you for the recipes!

    1. You should be able to get it a liquor store. Just keep in mind that not every state sells it.

  • Love lime. Love grapefruit. Love fennel. I never thought about using fennel with the citrus in my diffuser, though. Can’t wait to try it this morning.

  • I honestly just got the may chang just for the price, but now knowing what it can help with I’m so excited. Plus it smells amazing!

  • I grabbed 3 of these oils so this is super helpful! Going to try the bug spray and window cleaner!

  • I purchased citronella and pink grapefruit. Need to make a bug spray using the citronella to be ready for summer.

  • Oh I definitely needed this post! Thank you so much for the 4$ sale! Thank you for everything that you do for the customers.

  • Thank you for the helpful hints! Wasn’t sure what to use a couple of these for and now I’ll be making oily DIY’s tomorrow!

  • Thank you for the recipes that correspond with your recent $4 sale, Plant Therapy is so helpful!

  • This post is just what I need right now. Now I know what to do with my new oils. PT is always right on point, thank you!

  • I took advantage of the $4 sale.thank you for sharing ways to use them.i will need a few more oils for the outdoor spray but looking forward to keeping those mosquitoes away

  • Well, I was hoping to not need so many EOs in order to make an outdoor spray, but I’m sure it will smell fantastic!

  • For the window cleaner, does it have to be distilled water or can it be purified water? I love the idea of using Lime to clean the windows. And would any other citrusy type oil work just as well like Lemon or Orange?

    1. Purified water should work just fine. And you can absolutely use Lemon or Orange instead!

  • I ordered the May chang and I love the scent. As far as just the scent goes it’s my new favorite oil.

  • Thanks for sharing ! I bought all of these oils on the May 4th and didn’t even know what to do with them. But now I do! Thank you!

  • Lime is one of my all time faves! I just sent some to mom for Mother’s Day (along with Mom tray and Spring set) as she is just getting into oils and turns out she likes all the same scents I do so far. I just forwarded this recipe to her. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  • I’m so glad this blog exists. I’m making a lotion for my mother for mothers day, and am having trouble blending the may chang into it. Now that I have the .08% I know that I was going overboard. No wonder, right ?

    1. I wouldn’t recommend it as an eyeglass cleaner because vinegar can break down any coatings (like anti-reflective) you might have on your lenses.

  • I can not wait to try the Citronella spray for bugs. I don’t like using chemicals on my body and I am always looking for an effective, natural bug spray. Thank you for the recipe.

    And thank you for the May 4th sale, it was fun. I bought 3 out of the 4 (I already had Citronella) and I am looking forward to learning about the other oils and using them.

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