Orange Essential Oil<br/><em>Citrus sinensis</em>
Cheerful and bright, tangy and fresh, the sweet orange graces us with a delicious fruit that brings joy and sunshine into even the grayest day. These golden orange orbs are a gorgeous source of vital nutrients, zippy flavor, an enlivening fragrance and a bounty of health benefits.
It’s no secret that oranges are popular. Orchards around the world produce more than 70 million tonnes each year. More than half of that production is represented by the sweet orange. Mandarins, tangerines, bitter and bergamot oranges make up the remaining 40 percent of production.
The essential oil market is full of citrus oils, especially from this abundant production or oranges. If you’re confused about what type of orange makes a certain type of essential oil, here’s a quick overview of the orange-related essential oils:
- Sweet oranges make orange essential oil.
- Bitter oranges make neroli, petitgrain and bitter orange oil.
- Mandarin oranges make mandarin oil. Tangerine is a type of mandarin, and it produces tangerine oil. Mandarin is actually an ancestor of sweet orange, not of the same species.
- Bergamot makes bergamot oil, although bergamot, too, is not a true orange.
Why are there so many different orange-related essential oils needed? Each of the oils listed above has different fragrances, chemical profiles and health benefits. In the delicate and sensitive world of fragrance and aromatherapy, each of these essential oils is invaluable in contributing a differently nuanced aroma and note.
The Sweet Facts About Sweet Orange Oil
Sweet oranges actually came about as a hybrid of mandarin orange and pomelo. Orange oil is made from the orange peel of this fruit, cold pressed or expressed to create a rich, fragrant essential oil. While we may most often think of orange oil as purely an aromatherapy and healing aid, much of the orange oil produced is used to flavor commercial foods and to provide an active ingredient in household cleaners.
Orange For Health and Relaxation
Still, orange oil as an aromatherapy and wellness aid provides more intriguing prospects. That’s because there’s a wealth of goodness in a small bottle of orange oil, ready to help you relax, stay alert, heal and find spiritual growth. Here are a few of the many benefits of orange oil:
- Diuretic. Sweet orange oil serves to detoxify the body by increasing the output of urine, cleansing the body of pollutants, toxins and fats.
- Antiseptic. When treating cuts or wounds, sweet orange oil can be used to prevent the development of germs and microbes that infect the body.
- Digestive health. Indigestion and excessive gas can be eliminated by the use of sweet orange essential oil.
- Anti-Cancer. Some studies have shown that sweet orange oil may prevent cellular mutations and tumor growth due to the presence of super-nutrient D-limonene.
- Sedative. Sweet orange oil is a natural pain reliever that soothes and relaxes the body.
- Stress. The zesty scent of sweet orange oil relieves anxiety and promotes a calming, restful peace.
- Anti-ageing Skincare. The antioxidant-rich orange oil is an excellent tool for eliminating damaging free radicals from your skin. Protecting your skin in this way helps keep your face younger-looking and radiating a more youthful complexion.
- Orange oil is a wonderful cleaning agent and a popular addition to commercial household cleaners. It is especially useful for cleaning and restoring the appearance of wood cabinets, tables, and chairs. You can make your own deodoriser by adding a bit of orange oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Spritz the mixture on your countertops to give your kitchen and bath a clean, irresistibly fresh smell.
Aura Cleansing. Eliminate the negative energies that are blocking your own energy fields with a spritz of orange oil mixed with water. This oil helps you relax, stay focused and concentrate on restoring your aura to a lively, positive state.
Orange oil can occasionally irritate skin, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Before you use orange oil for the first time, test your skin’s tolerance by placing a very small amount, diluted with carrier oil, on a patch of skin. If your skin doesn’t become irritated by this test, proceed with using the oil. Check with a physician before using orange oil if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication or have a chronic medical condition. Check with your child’s pediatrician before using it on your child. Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
- Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
- Common Method of Extraction: Cold pressed/Expressed
- Plant Part Typically Used: Citrus rind (peel)
- Colour: Greenish orange:
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium-Strong
- Aromatic Description: Sweet, citrusy, hint of orange peel but stronger