Looking to learn more about your favorite essential oils or ones you have never used before? This month’s edition of Essential Oils A to Z features Blood Orange and Cajeput. Let’s not delay any longer, and jump right in!
Native to Italy, Citrus sinensis is cold pressed to produce this warm and radiant oil that has a fruity and tangy aroma. Blood Orange is a middle note oil that blends well with Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Lavender, Lemon and Myrrh.
Looking to soothe an upset tummy? Blood Orange may just be your new secret weapon. This oil can help remove excess gas from the intestines, which in turn alleviates indigestion. Combine with a carrier oil and another calming oil, like Ginger, and gently massage into the abdomen. Like most other citrus oils, Blood Orange is uplifting, allowing it to help restore emotional balance and reduce mental strain. For this effect, add a couple of drops to a diffuser—you will get to enjoy the delightful aroma as well!
Originally found in Vietnam, the leaves of Melaleuca leucadendron are steam distilled to create this fresh and camphorous oil that has a slight fruity note. A middle note oil, Cajeput combines well with Basil, Camphor, Chamomile, Lavender and Rosemary. It may be substituted for Camphor depending on the purpose of use. While it contains its own properties and uses, Cajeput comes from the same family as Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia). How cool!
Among Cajeput’s many benefits is its ability to help loosen up phlegm, thus easing breathing. This oil can also help alleviate coughing and reduce inflammation. Cajeput is great for using with mild fungal infections to the skin. Additionally, this oil has been used to help ease minor headaches, joint pain and toothaches. To help relieve minor aches in joints and muscles, you can add a couple drops to unscented lotion or massage oil and gently massage into the area of discomfort. Cajeput can be used to help repel insects, particularly mosquitos. To use as a repellant, dilute with water and spray in the desired area, or add a few drops to a diffuser.