This sunny citrus is cold-pressed from the peel of the Sicilian citron fruit – a large, ancient citrus with a thick, fragrant peel. This utterly unique citrus essence is an original heirloom variety. Also known as esrog and etrog, this rind rich peel has been used since ancient times to uplift the spirit, ease ailments and punctuate perfumes with its jovial, tenacious top-notes. We love to diffuse the oil to bolster gleeful spaces and inhale it to inspire cheerful faces.
Botanical Name: Citrus medica
Extraction Method: Cold-pressed
Part of Plant Distilled: Peel
Country of Origin: Sicily
A fresh bouquet of fragrant citrus – the perfect blend of lemon and lime riding a wave of floral petals as they flutter to the forest floor.
All citrus oils, silver fir, neroli, ylang, vanilla, rose otto, frankincense, lavender, thyme linalool, vetiver, patchouli, yuzu, geranium, gardenia, osmanthus, hyssop and cardamom.
Diffuse to gleefully amuse your environment, mix into massage blends, a few drops for a cheery bath and a delight to inhale in the salt pipe and perfect in perfumery as a jaunty and more tenacious top note. Citron is an heirloom un-hybridized citrus fruit. In ancient Judea and Sumatra, it was a symbol of female fertility. The fragrant citron essential oil has been use for centuries to treat a variety of common bacterial ailments because citron is fiercely antibacterial.
Inhale citron’s sublime citrus synergy and take your senses on a stroll through a citrus orchard where merry wild flowers mingle with zesty lemon and lime.
“In addition to the well-known lemon, farmers in Sicily also grow Citrus medica. These deep green lemons are much more sour, have a much thicker skin, and are preferred for manufacturing candied lemon peel, used for baking at Christmas. The essential oil of Citrus medica is rare. Its fragrance is richer and more fruity than that of the ordinary lemon.”
~ Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, Complete Aromatherapy Handbook: Essential Oils for Radiant Health
“One of the ancestral citrus species; the essential oil has sharp, characteristic citrus odour with intensity and depth, and better tenacity than other citrus species; dominated by d-limonene. It is mentioned in Islamic texts; in ancient Greece it was macerated in wine to counteract poisoning… use in therapeutic perfumes for its tenacity and depth.”
~ Jennifer Peace Rhind, Aromatherapeutic Blending: Essential Oils in Synergy
“It is thought that in Greek myth the “golden apple” that Paris gave to Aphrodite… was actually a citron… valued in perfumery because, like bitter orange, it has greater tenacity than many other citrus oils…”
~ Jennifer Peace Rhind, Fragrance and Well-Being
“The citron tree, called the Assyrian, and by some the Median apple, is an antidote against poisons. As to the fruit, it is never eaten, but it is remarkable for its extremely powerful smell, which is the case, also, with the leaves; indeed, the odour is so strong, that it will penetrate clothes, when they are once impregnated with it, and hence it is very useful in repelling the attacks of noxious insects… The tree bears fruit at all seasons of the year; while some is falling off, other fruit is ripening, and other, again, just bursting into birth. Various nations have attempted to naturalize this tree among them, for the sake of its medical properties… Citrons, either the pulp of them or the pips, are taken in wine as an antidote to poisons. A decoction of citrons, or the juice extracted from them, is used as a gargle to impart sweetness to the breath. The pips of this fruit are recommended for pregnant women to chew when affected with qualmishness. Citrons are good, also, for a weak stomach, but it is not easy to eat them except with vinegar.”
~Pliny the Elder, The Natural History Book XXIII. The Remedies Derived from Cultivated Trees, Chapter 56, Citrons: Five Observations upon Them