"Orange is imbued with the energy of the sunlight and the radiance of the stars," writes aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood in Aromatherapy For the Soul. The emotional benefits of orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) are to encourage joy, upliftment, lightheartedness, regeneration, creativity, positivity, and self-confidence.
You will also hear this oil called sweet orange because it's made from
fruit of the sweet orange tree. Blood orange, also used to make essential oil, is a variety of sweet orange. Other essential oils are produced from
the bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) tree.
Plant family: Rutaceae
Production: Most orange oil is mechanically expressed from orange peels. Although it's possible to steam distill the peels, only a few distilled orange oils are on the market.
Aroma: Fresh, sweet, citrus, fruity.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Top
Is orange safe to use during pregnancy? Yes, according to IFPA Pregnancy Guidelines.
Is orange essential oil safe for children? Yes. Children tend to love the scent.
Cautions: Distilled orange oil may cause photosensitivity but the expressed oil is generally believed not phototoxic — though some sources don't make that distinction. Oxidized orange oil may cause skin sensitization. Store the oil in a tightly closed bottle a cool, dark place (refrigeration OK) to prevent oxidation.
Main components: (+)-Limonene is the key constituent. It makes up about 83% to 96% of orange essential oil, depending on the geographic growing location of the oranges, according to Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition. Other components include beta-myrcene and alpha-pinene.
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art: Orange essential oil skin benefits include helping to reduce acne and the oiliness of skin and hair. This essential oil may help relieve colds, flu, congested lymph, indigestion, and high blood pressure. Emotionally, the oil may help reduce anxiety, depression, hysteria, shock, and nervous tension.
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Orange may repel ants and flies and help relieve anxiety and depression.
The Heart of Aromatherapy: Use sweet orange to support the respiratory system, sooth allergies, clear mucous and congestion, calm inflammation, support digestion, ease nausea, make natural cleaning blends, and feel relaxed, restored, and uplifted.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Orange may help relieve constipation, intestinal spasms, fluid retention, cellulite, insomnia, depression, anxiety, tension, and stress-related conditions.
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use orange essential oil for skin that's dull and oil. The oil may also help relieve mouth ulcers, water retention, respiratory conditions, constipation, indigestion, digestive spasms, colds, flu, nervous tension, and stress-related conditions.
The Complete Aromatherapy & Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness: Orange oil tones all skin types and also tones the digestive system, helping relieve intestinal gas, cramps, and spasms as well as indigestion and a nervous stomach. The oil has a cheerful disposition, helping relieve depression and encouraging joy.
Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: In Traditional Chinese Medicine, orange unblocks and circulates stagnant Qi-energy, especially in the Liver, Stomach, and intestines. The oil one of the best for the digestive system, while also relieving tension and frustration and promoting joy and positivity.
Subtle Aromatherapy: Orange nourishes the soul, feeding it with feelings of joy.
The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Orange promotes spiritual strength and self-confidence, helping you develop your spiritual gifts. Mentally, the oil helps you focus and think clearly. Emotionally, the essential oil brings joy and also creates a sense of calm and relaxation.
Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Orange uplifts, brings in joy and positivity, and clears and cleanses. The oil is especially useful for the second chakra to promote joy and positivity in relationships.
Mixing Essential Oils for Magic: Sweet orange supports following your unique path while stimulating creativity and increasing self-awareness. This essential oil gives energy to positive thinking and emotional clarity and also helps manifest peace, love, and fidelity. Use the oil to boost the success of spells for happiness, abundance, and money and to support dreamwork, divination, and communication with spirits.
Uses for orange essential oil include aromatherapy diffuser blends:
Positive Mind Mist
Add ingredients to a spray bottle. Shake well before each use.
Or make the essential oil blend (without the water) and use it in a diffuser.
Source: Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques
Orange Clove Room Spray
Add the water and essential oils to a 1-ounce (30 ml) glass spray bottle. Cap. Shake well. Spritz the blend around the room.
Shake before each use and use within a few weeks. Source: Aromahead Newsletter
Use this blend after a big meal or when feeling digestive discomfort.
To use: Massage a little belly butter into your abdomen and low back. Adapted from Aromahead
Orange makes a good addition to essential oil cleaning blends.
All-Purpose Spray Cleaner
Use on non-delicate surfaces. Shake well before each use.
Clove-Orange Oven Cleaner
Adapted from An Aromatic Life
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