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Easy and Refreshing Citrus Essential Oil Blends

Just a few drops of citrus essential oil blends in your diffuser and you’ll feel energized, refreshed, and uplifted. Citrus scents are commonly used in many personal care and cleaning products, but they are also popular in aromatherapy. 

A small amber bottle of essential oil sits on a wooden table surrounded by fresh orange slices and green mint leaves.

I always have my citrus essential oils ready for whenever I need a burst of energy in the morning or an instant pick-me-up in the middle of the day. If you like citrus scents like me, you can enjoy feelings of brightness, freshness, and vitality anytime at home with citrus essential oil blends.

In this article, let’s talk about the various citrus essential oils and when to use them best. I am also happy to share with you my favorite citrus diffuser blends that are quick and easy to make. Shall we get started?

What Are Citrus Essential Oils?

The vibrant scent of natural citrus always reminds me of happy things like bright summer mornings, the feeling of the sun’s warmth on my skin, or enjoying a cool glass of delicious lemonade. I’ve always loved their vibrant scents, so when I got into aromatherapy, I knew that citrus oils would make a wonderful addition to my collection.

Citrus essential oils are extracted from the peels of citrus fruits through cold pressing and steam distillation. These oils capture the fragrant and therapeutic properties of citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, and tangerines. 

These refreshing oils are linked to many health and therapeutic benefits. According to the National Library of Medicine, their scent alone imparts calming, relaxing, mood-uplifting, and cheer-enhancing effects. Health-wise, Aromatics International says that citrus oils support the immune system, improve skin health, and promote healthy digestion, among others.

Here are the most common citrus essential oils, which we will use to make our diffuser blends later. Stock up on these so you can create your own recipes!


Lemon is one of the most popular fruits in the citrus family, that’s why we’re all familiar with the fresh, zesty, and lightly sweet scent of lemon essential oil. Not only is it a popular scent in many household products, but it is considered to be one of the most versatile cleaning oils – it’s an excellent disinfectant, a natural bleach, and an amazing degreaser. Lemon oil is also energizing and can promote mental clarity.

We use lemons a lot in our home, from tackling discoloration in stainless steel pans and removing pee stains from a carpet to making our favorite Café Romano Espresso. If you need to feel energized or uplift your spirits, lemon oil is the perfect bright note to help you with that.


Lime is like the fraternal twin of lemon. It just has a sharper, more sour citrus aroma, but it offers basically the same therapeutic benefits as lemon. The two even have the same cleaning qualities! 

Lime is an amazing disinfectant and air purifier. If you’re feeling down and fatigued or need to focus, diffuse lime essential oil, and you’ll be up and about in no time.


Much like lemon and lime, grapefruit essential oil is a great go-to on days when you’re lacking focus or feeling lethargic. Keep a bottle at your workstation or by your bed for an instant pick-me-up whenever you need it. 

Grapefruit oil has a refreshing tangy, citrusy aroma. Kaitlyn Berkheiser points out the essential oil is believed to help promote weight loss, treat acne, and relieve anxiety.

Two small amber bottles lying on a colorful background of various citrus fruit slices including oranges, lemons, limes, and grapefruits.

Sweet Orange

With its sweet, bright, and sugary citrus aroma, I personally think that sweet orange oil has the gentlest scent out of all citrus essential oils. No wonder why its sweet aroma is found in a lot of bathroom and linen sprays. 

I wasn’t surprised when I learned that sweet orange has a calming effect that helps lift your mood and ease stress, anxiety, and tension. It’s also great for relieving upset stomachs and helping treat acne. On days that you need a breather, use your sweet orange essential oil and enjoy its calming and mood-boosting effects.


Tangerine essential oil is very similar to sweet orange. It also has a bright citrus smell, just slightly less sugary. My kids love this scent and my youngest even said that it makes her room smell like a candy shop! Since tangerine offers the same purposes as sweet orange, it’s also a great choice for when you need to lift your spirits during moments of overwhelm.


Another citrus essential oil with a gentle and fruity scent is mandarin—it has the perfect balance between sweet and sour. Best known for its calming effects, mandarin essential oil is also often used in skincare products because it is believed to do wonders for the skin, including treating acne, diminishing stretch marks, and lightening scars. Mandarin is the way to go if you need to brighten a dull day.


Bergamot is one of the lesser known citrus fruits. It has a distinctive citrus scent with a slightly floral undertone. Just like any citrus essential oil, bergamot oil is an effective mood booster. Bergamot essential oil is also said to help lower cholesterol, ease symptoms of food poisoning, and reduce feelings of anxiety and fatigue.

How To Make Citrus Essential Oil Blends at Home

Now that you’re familiar with the most common citrus essential oils and their uses, it’s time to make some blends using their fresh scents! You can begin making any of the essential oil blend recipes listed below and then use citrus oils to make your own later.

What You’ll Need:

  • 5mL amber glass essential oil bottle
  • Small funnel
  1. Open a clean and dry amber glass essential oil bottle. Set the lid aside.
  2. Following the recipe of your choice, drop all the needed essential oils into the bottle using a small funnel.
  3. Attach the dropper cap and secure the lid.
  4. Shake the bottle vigorously to make sure that the oils inside combine well.
  5. Allow the essential oil blend to rest for one to two days for optimal results.
  6. Store the bottle at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
Glass bottles of essential oil surrounded by a variety of citrus fruits and leaves on a blue surface.

Quick and Easy Citrus Essential Oil Blend Recipes

Now, on to the recipes! If you follow my blog, you know that I enjoy creating essential oil blends for different moods and seasons. You might want to check out my gingerwoodsy, summer, and winter essential oil blends – all of which are a hit with family and friends – they even refer to the recipes as “happy oils”!

Today I’m excited to share with you my favorite citrus essential oil blends that never fail to bring a smile to my face, especially when I’m not having the best day. The amount of essential oil that you will add depends on the size and capacity of your diffuser. Generally, adding three to five drops of essential oil per 100 ml of water is ideal. Let’s start making citrus essential oil recipes!

Bright Sunny Day

Diffuse this delightful citrus essential oil blend on a gloomy day and you’ll feel better. Bring sunshine to any space no matter the weather or the season.

  • 2 drops orange or tangerine
  • 1 drop grapefruit
  • 1 drop lime
  • 1 drop lemon
  • 1 drop bergamot

Sweet Summer

Enjoy the feeling of warm summer days even when it’s cold out. You can’t help but cheer up when you diffuse this great blend!

  • 3 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drops tangerine
  • 1 drop ylang ylang
  • 1 drop cinnamon bark

Burst of Energy

Feeling tired in the middle of the day? Wake up your senses to this calming yet energizing citrus diffuser blend – it’s one of the easiest ways to get that burst of energy!

  • 3 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops of lime essential oil
  • 2 drop of mandarin essential oil

The Tropical Garden

This is an excellent choice of citrus blend to diffuse after a long, tiring day. Enjoy it while taking a relaxing bath in the tub.

  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 1 drop grapefruit
  • 1 drop lavender
  • 1 drop rosemary
  • 1 drop wintergreen or spearmint

Clear and Calming Citrus

Diffusing this essential oil diffuser recipe is one of my favorite ways to relax. If you need to clear your mind and focus, this is the blend you need. It’s perfect for when you’re working at home or for when the kids are studying.

  • 4 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drop peppermint
  • 1 drop eucalyptus


Citrus essential oil blends are a great way to bring sunshine and good vibes to any space. These calming, energizing, and uplifting aromas are sure to brighten your day and create a positive atmosphere where you can focus, relax, and just be. Whether you’re diffusing them in your home, office, in your car, or using your essential oil diffuser necklace, these blends are sure to turn that frown into a smile!

Just make sure to only use pure essential oils because they can create a diffusion blend that will give you the most benefits and won’t cause adverse reactions. Pure, high-quality, and therapeutic-grade essential oils can be diffused safely, but it’s still best to consult a medical professional if diffusing for young children or pregnant women.

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Easy DIY Citrus Essential Oil Diffuser Blends

The vibrant scent of citrus always reminds me of happy things like bright summer mornings, the feeling of the sun’s warmth on my skin, or enjoying a cool glass of delicious lemonade. Just a few drops of citrus essential oil blends in your diffuser and you’ll instantly feel energized, refreshed, and uplifted. 
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Course: DIY Recipes
Keyword: citrus essential oil
Yield: 1 diffuser session
Author: Jessica Haggard
Cost: $0.25


  • 1 Essential oil diffuser


Bright Sunny Day

  • 2 drops orange or tangerine
  • 1 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drops lime
  • 1 drops lemon
  • 1 drops bergamot

Sweet Summer

  • 3 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drops tangerine
  • 1 drops ylang ylang
  • 1 drops cinnamon bark

Burst of Energy

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops lime essential oil
  • 2 drops mandarin essential oil

The Tropical Garden

  • 2 drops bergamot
  • 1 drops grapefruit
  • 1 drops lavender
  • 1 drops rosemary
  • 1 drops wintergreen or spearmint

Clear and Calming Citrus


  • Add 100 to 150 milliliters of room temperature water to the diffuser’s tank up to the fill line. Avoid overfilling.
  • Drop in your favorite essential oil blend. 
  • Plug in the diffuser and turn it on. Select any specific settings like mist intensity or timer options if your model has them.
  • Enjoy the aroma while keeping an eye on the diffuser to ensure it doesn’t run out of water.
  • Once you’re done, turn off the diffuser. Empty any remaining water and clean the tank to prevent oil buildup.
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