Citrus Essential Oils: Three Great Recipes for Fall

by Andrea Butje on September 21, 2010

Citrus essential oilsAs the weather turns toward fall, I’m drawn to using my citrus essential oils. I diffuse them, make cleaning products with them, and add them into my body care products.

When I leave the house, I turn on my Spa Mist Diffuser and let it run (it has an auto shut off function). When I return home, the house smells amazing!

Here are some of my favorite ways to use citrus essential oils as fall sets in.

My Current Diffuser Recipe

5 drops Orange essential oil
5 drops distilled Lime essential oil
3 drops Grapefruit essential oil

Cleaning Glass Tables, Windows and Tile

8 oz (240 ml) spray bottle
1 teaspoon white vinegar
40 drops Lemon essential oil
40 drops distilled Lime essential oil

Fill the spray bottle with water, then add the vinegar and essential oils, and you’re good to go!

Salt Scrub

4 oz (120 ml) PET plastic jar with cap
3 oz (84 gm) pink Himalayan salt (or any course salt you like)
1/2 oz (15 ml) jojoba oil
1/2 oz (14 gm) coconut oil
20 drops Orange essential oil

I usually prefer to use glass containers with essential oils, but PET plastic is known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. In cases where glass isn’t appropriate (such as for blends you might drop with slippery hands in the bathtub), PET plastic is a good choice.

Mix all ingredients into the salts with a spoon. Use a small handful as a scrub for your body during your shower. Rinse off. I leave my scrub right in the shower for easy access. After my shower, my skin feels clean and moisturized by the salt and oils.

I love all my citrus oils! They are cleansing, uplifting and the aromas are so refreshing.

I recommend making the cleaning spray and salt scrub fresh every few weeks.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Roseanne Kelly August 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

how many drops of lemon and lime oils for the cleaning spray and what do you mix it with.


Andrea Butje August 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

8 oz spray bottle with water
1 teaspoon white vinegar
40 drops Lemon essential oil
40 drops Lime essential oil


tanie kopiarki April 23, 2012 at 6:24 am

So fascinating! My partner and I don’t suppose We have studied anything like this before. So great to find another person together with some unique ideas on this particular topic. Really thank you, this site is something that is required on the internet, someone with originality.


Shamin Aroma April 10, 2012 at 12:55 am

the lemon/lime cleaning spray works a treat! The great thing about it is it doesn’t have any harsh chemicals as long as you use 100% natural essential oils.


carte March 22, 2011 at 3:27 am

Your blog seems quite informative. I appreciated it. So much useful stuff. I read with great interest.


Diane Campbell September 22, 2010 at 10:35 pm

The diffuser blend is really fresh and crisp – maybe a drop of coriander, to greet the fall?


Joan September 22, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Thanks, Andrea! As I write, my dog positioned himself about 6 ft. from the mist–he appears to like this blend…..


Joan September 22, 2010 at 1:19 pm

I just got my first Spa Mist diffuser and I really like it. I noticed Andrea’s citrus diffusion had 15 drops. Is it ok to add 15 drops? I was only putting in 2-3.


Admin September 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Hi Joan, the factors I consider with diffusing are:

1. What oils am I using? (some are much stronger than citruses)
2. Is there a way to ventilate the space (widows or doors)?
3. Are there animals that can not leave the room on their own?
4. Do the aroma feel too strong for you?

If the oils are mild, there are windows, the aromas smell fine for you, and the animals can leave the space then 15 drops is absolutely fine. if not, than your 2-3 drops might be a better approach.


Lori Gosselin September 22, 2010 at 9:30 am

These recipes sound great! I’m facebooking this post! Thanks!


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