I sure can! Oranges are a refreshing snack, and they’re loaded with vitamins too. The flavor is easy to like (or even love). I haven’t met anyone who has ever said they didn’t like oranges. Just like the fruit,sweet orange essential oil is packed with lots of beneficial uses. It doesn’t hurt that it smells amazing too. Let’s find out what this power citrus fruit has for us.
The orange essential oil is derived from Citrus sinensis, a part of the Rutaceae family like the tangerine. Its distant cousin the bitter orange comes from China while the sweet ones are said to originate from India. Portuguese sailors then brought the fruit to South America. Jesuit priests started planting the trees in 1549. Now, Brazil is one of the major suppliers of sweet orange essential oil. In Spain, flowers are dried and brewed to be tea. The orange blossom essence is used to make perfume all around the world. It can also be used to make a citrus version of rosewater. In some Middle Eastern countries, orange water drops are added to disguise the unpleasant flavor of water drawn from wells.
The sweet orange fruit comes from an evergreen tree that can grow up to 25 feet tall. It has dark green leaves with fragrant white flowers. The fruit is round that are bright and orange. The sweet orange fruit is made with different chemical properties like citronellal, alpha-pinene, limonene and linalool. Limonene is fantastic in helping your home be bug-free.
The sweet orange essential oil has a sweet, citrus smell much like the fruit’s peel as it is derived from that through cold compress. The oil has a slightly more intense and concentrated aroma. It blends well with vetiver, cinnamon, lavender, neroli, patchouli, spearmint, and ylang-ylang essential oils.
You probably take vitamin C supplements to keep you healthy. Sweet orange essential oil is filled with antioxidants to help you fight infection. It also helps soothe allergies and sinus congestions, supports the respiratory system and calms any inflammation. While others advise taking this essential oil orally, we recommend asking the guidance of a certified aromatherapist before doing so.
2. Pain Reliever
Some people do not like using peppermint or anything minty when it comes to joint pains or muscle aches. Orange essential oil is a great alternative for this. It helps in turning off inflammatory responses in the body to keep the pain at bay. As it is also a mood booster, it is useful to make you feel better and even get a good night’s sleep when you are experiencing aches. Mix the orange essential oil with a carrier oil and rub over the area you are feeling some pain. It will help relieve the inflammation.
Sweet orange essential oil is great to nourish dry skin. It can also be used to treat acne-prone skin. It helps brighten the skin and keeps it young. It contains a good amount of vitamin C that helps the production of collagen in the skin. Sweet orange essential oil also helps keep the skin free from free radicals from the environment. However, if you do add this wonderful essential oil in your moisturizer, it is best to be used during the night. Sweet orange might not be phototoxic like other citrus oils, but it may irritate the skin when it is oxidized.
This essential oil is a great carminative. It means it is an agent to remove excess gas in the intestines. When gas moves the body upward, it can cause discomfort. If it moves downward as it should, it can be of relief. Sweet orange essential oil can be rubbed topically on the abdominal area to remove the feeling of flatulence by relaxing the abdominal and anal muscles.
5. Mood Uplifter
Citrus scents are known to promote cheerfulness, and the sweet orange essential oil is no exception. It is also used to relieve depression and stress. Just like its cousin the tangerine, this essential oil can be used with the diffuser. A few drops and the feeling of sadness will be gone in no time.
Citrus essential oils are said to be great antimicrobial agents. In a study published by the International Journal of Food and Science Technology, orange essential oil prevents the increase of E.coli in food. This type of bacteria can be found in certain vegetables and meat. E.coli is a very dangerous type of bacteria that when ingested can cause kidney failure and even death.
Orange essential oil can also help stop salmonella from spreading. Salmonella infection happens when raw meat or eggs are eaten. It can also be from contaminated dairy products, fruit, and vegetables. This type of infection can cause gastrointestinal symptoms that include diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.
7. Cleaning solution for the home
As mentioned earlier, orange essential oil has amazing antibacterial properties. Its scent is lovely and sweet. To use to clean countertops, chopping boards and appliances, dilute the oil in water. You can put it in a spray bottle. Adding bergamot essential oil is a great, too. You would never need another bottle of bleach or any harsh chemical-laden solution to clean your kitchen ever again!
During the hotter months, I often find myself needing a little extra scrubbin’ in the shower. With the heat and all of the summer time activities, my skin is more prone to a buildup of sweat and dirt. From gardening and hiking, to running in the heat, I have to put in a little extra elbow grease to get clean. This exfoliating soap provides a gentle scrub to get off the excess sweat and dirt, and to also give you a fresh summer glow!
In the summer, I tend to gravitate toward uplifting and citrusy scents. Orange is one of my go-to scents. It’s so bright and fresh, and it just screams “summer”. It’s the perfect addition to this wonderful summertime soap!
Melt the soap base over a double boiler. Once the base is melted, remove from the heat. Add in the orange essential oil and stir until the sweet and citrusy scent is even throughout.
Add in the almond flour (or ground almonds) to the soap and essential oil mixture. Stir until the gentle exfoliating granules are spread evenly throughout the soap mixture. Once the mixture is ready, pour the soap into soap molds.
Allow the soap to set and cool for roughly two hours, depending on the size of your soap mold.
Sweet orange essential oil can be quite potent. Using it directly on the skin may cause irritation or burns. It is best to start with a small amount and work your way up. Make sure you don’t get experiences redness or hives. A patch test in the forearm is recommended before applying it on any sensitive part of the skin.
Pregnant, nursing women and those taking other medications should seek the advice of their doctor before using the oil. Essential oils can be powerful and interact with the medicine.