The Benefits of Citrus Fruits and Citrus Essential Oils
I normally don’t do these long informational posts, but I’m on a huge citrus kick these days, and not just because I’m getting over a virus and mainlining vitamin C like its my job, either. From consuming the actual fruits to taking in their fragrances while I do so, its safe to say I’m obsessed with all things citrus and you should be, too. Here’s why:
The phytonutrients found in citrus fruit can lower your blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods. These beneficial nutrients lower your level of bad cholesterol and reduce inflammation in your arteries, leading to a healthier cardiovascular system. Phytonutrients are found in the white pulp and pith of citrus fruits, so you should eat the fruit rather than drink citrus juice to get the most heart health benefits.
Citrus fruits are full of vitamin C, an antioxidant that fights free radicals, keeping your immune system healthy and reducing your risk of cancer, according to the World’s Healthiest Foods. By eating one orange per day, you get 100 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Consuming ample amounts of vitamin C can reduce your risk of colon cancer.
*DING DING* This is a big one for me these days! Folate is a beneficial vitamin that reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations states that citrus fruits are rich in folate, making citrus juice a good supplement for expecting women.
The vitamin C found in citrus fruits can help your body absorb iron, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Consuming citrus with iron supplements can increase your body’s iron absorption by two or four times. Vegetarians and vegans can especially benefit from consuming citrus fruits to increase their iron levels.
Orange Essential oil: Scientifically called Citrus sinensis, orange essential oil has a soothing aroma. It is highly recommended in the treatment of colds and flu. Orange essential oil is also instrumental in curing high blood pressure and indigestion. It is good for boosting the overall health of your digestion as it helps in regulating your appetite and is useful in abdominal distension and pain, and in curing nausea, flatulence, and vomiting.
Tangerine Essential oil: Tangerine essential oil is highly instrumental in regulating your digestive system and it stimulates your gall bladder. As such, it is useful in dealing with ailments and problems pertaining to the digestive system.
Bergamot essential oil: The essential oil of bergamot boosts the immune system of the body and is instrumental in healing the wounds by stimulating cell regeneration.
Grapefruit essential oil: Grapefruit essential oil is known for its cooling and detoxifying properties. It may be used to reduce your body weight and boost your lymphatic and immune system. Grapefruit essential oil has an immense soothing effect on the body and especially on the mind and as such, creates a feeling of positive energy.
I have a bottle of “Boost” lotion from Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy line and I adore it (as do my co-workers). It’s made from mandarin, bergamot and grapefruit essential oils to “help lift your mood and invigorate your mind.” It really works; one whiff and I’m instantly perked. My husband’s family also gave me “Energy” Aromatherapy products from BBW comprised of orange and ginger and also proves to be a big pick-me-up.
What are you waiting for? Grab some oranges and start peeling! You’ll get the internal benefits PLUS the scent of that peel is sure to give you an afternoon boost.