Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Plant Part: Fruit Rinds
Distillation Method: Cold Pressed
About the Oil
A relatively small evergreen tree, this variety of Orange tree is native to China yet now widely cultivated in North America, and the Mediterranean regions of Spain, Italy and France.
Sweet Orange essential oil is the oil produced from the fruit of the orange tree - Other 'orange' essential oils are from the bitter orange tree: Petitgrain oil being produced from the leaves, Neroli oil from the blossoms, and Bergamot being pressed from the peels.
Sweet Orange essential oil is brightly fragrant, uplifting the emotions and the mind.
Orange oil is a lovely to blend with, adding a sweet citrus note. It harmonizes particularly well with spice oils such as Clove, floral oils such as Lavender and musk-like aromatics such as that in Frankincense.
Orange essential oil has been used for its calming, sedative effects and its anti-inflammatory, antitumoral, and anticoagulant actions.
In Chinese medicine the dried sweet orange peel is used to treat coughs, colds, anorexia and malignant breast sores.
Therapeutic Properties Described In The Aromatherapy Literature
Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Carminative, Choleretic, Digestive, Fungicidal, Hypotensive, Sedative (nervous system), Stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), Stomachic, Tonic.
Sweet Orange oil has also been touted as antitumoral; research is pending.
- Calms heart palpitations
- Mild anti-coagulant
- Improves circulation
- Effective antidepressant
- Warming, uplifting and soothing
- Calms and balances the emotions
- Improves dull complexions
- Reduces redness and inflammation
Application and Use
- Place a few drops into a steam inhaler for bronchitis
- Blending several Orange oils together and diffusing is recommended for relieving tension and anxiety.
- In a carrier oil such as jojoba or rosehip, Orange oil can be beneficial for skin health if used in small quantities.
Safety Generally considered non-toxic, large amounts of Orange oil are not healthy to ingest or apply topically. In addition, it should not be applied to skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight, as it may cause heightened sensitivity.