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Benefits and Uses of Kumquat Essential Oil

When spring and summer come around the corner, reach for Kumquat Essential Oil and take in its fruity aroma that boasts a big personality. More than just its refreshingly sweet scent, this essential oil holds an array of benefits. Follow along as we dive into the history of this little fruit and see why this underrated essential oil is one of our most beloved. 

Background of the Kumquat

As one of the five original ancestral citruses, Kumquats [1] descend from an ancient history appearing as early as the 12th century in Chinese literature [2]. This bright fruit has been revered in traditional Chinese medicine for its therapeutic benefits.

Native to Southeast Asia, it is the size of an olive and grows on a small, compact evergreen tree. Kumquat translates to “golden orange” for its color [3]. Because its rind is so refreshingly sweet, the small fresh fruit is often eaten whole, or enjoyed preserved in sugar syrup or as a jelly [4]. Furthermore, this essential oil is cold pressed from its delicious fruit peel. 

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Benefits 

While it offers some similar therapeutic benefits to other orange fruits, this 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 Essential Oil 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. In addition to this, it can also help support a healthy immune system. Add a few drops to your diffuser to take in its refreshing benefits.

It’s a no-brainer that it can be a great enhancement to 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 help clear out winter depression, while putting a pep in your step when completing spring cleaning. 

To experience all that this essential oil has to offer, you can either enjoy it by adding a few drops to your diffuser to take in its refreshing benefits or dilute to 2-3% in a carrier oil of your choice. For different ways to blend Kumquat Essential Oil, check out our post for a variety of diffuser blends. There’s a blend for just about anything you’re looking for!

 

Sources: 

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

[2] “Kumquat.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumquat.

[3] “Kumquat.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumquat.

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

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