You may be most familiar with orange essential oil as a food flavoring agent or an ingredient in some cleaning supplies. And though research on effectiveness for health purposes is limited, orange essential oil may also be useful in easing stress and anxiety (when used as aromatherapy) and improving acne (when used topically).
Sweet orange essential oil comes from Citrus sinensis, the oranges you are used to eating. It is derived from the fruit, especially the rind. It is mostly used in aromatherapy but has been studied for topical application (applied to the skin).
There are other types of orange essential oils you may come across. Bitter orange essential oil comes from the rind of the fruit of Citrus aurantium. It is used in aromatherapy, topical application, and internal use (in capsules).
Orange essential oil has a variety of uses. These can include applications to:
Although orange essential oil has many uses, it’s important to remember that many of them are supported through anecdotal evidence. This means that the benefits are related to personal experience instead of being backed by scientific research.
One of the properties of orange essential oil is that it works as an antidepressant, helping you feel uplifted even on a bad day. You can use 5 – 6 drops of oil in a low-heat diffuser, or, for faster results, place 2 drops on your palm, rub your palms together, then cup your hands over your nose to inhale the aroma and boost your mood. Be sure to wash your hands after because orange oil can make you more sensitive to the sun.
Orange oil will help to dry out oily skin which can help you reduce acne, plus it has antiseptic properties that will kill acne-inducing bacteria. To overall reduce the oil on your skin, add 2 – 3 drops of oil to a cup of water and use that to wash your face in the evenings. You can also use it as a spot treatment directly on your acne by placing 1 drop on a cotton swab and rubbing that on acne spots.
Allergies are caused when small particles of allergens such as mold spores, dust, or pollen are inhaled and irritate the lining of the nasal passages, causing your body to react and the area to become inflamed. Orange essential oil can relieve the swelling that comes from allergies because it works as an anti-inflammatory and will help improve blood flow to the area.
There are a few ways you can relieve allergies by using orange essential oils. You can carry a vial with you and simply open it an inhale as needed, or you can keep a cotton ball with you that has several drops of oil on it for the same purpose.
Better Dental Hygiene
Because orange essential oils are great for killing bacteria, they can be used in your mouth to combat problems such as gingivitis, mouth ulcers, and bad breath. To improve your dental hygiene with orange oil, add ½ teaspoon of salt and 5 drops of orange oil to a cup of warm water. Then, swish the mixture around in your mouth for at least 1 minute and gargle it for at least 30 seconds before spitting it out.
Orange oil can help with a variety of digestive issues, including slow digestion, constipation, colic from adverse food reactions, and even flatulence by reducing painful gas buildup in the intestines and encouraging your body to create more digestive enzymes. You can either add 5 – 6 drops to a diffuser after eating, or add 3 – 4 drops to a carrier oil and massage over your abdominal area.
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, orange essential oil can be used to help treat arthritis, no matter what the underlying cause is. Begin with a tablespoon of melted coconut oil, then add 10 drops of orange oil. If you are experiencing pain, you can also add 2 – 3 drops of capsaicin oil to the mixture. Then, apply the oil directly to the affected joints, gently rubbing it in until all of it has been absorbed.
Because orange oil is non-toxic and antiseptic, it works great as an alternative cleaning solution for counters and tables where you don’t want to use harsh chemicals that could be ingested. To make your own essential oil cleaning spray, simply add 10 drops of oil for every cup of water, then add to a spray bottle. Shake before using, and be sure to use a clean cloth to wipe down surfaces.
Here is an in-depth study of the benefits of Orange Essential Oil.
In the peel of a fresh Orange, there are cells that contain the fruit’s volatile fatty oil glands. Orange Oil is thus derived from the fruit peel. The extraction process may involve first separating the rinds from the Oranges, then grinding, chopping, or puncturing them before they are pressed. The order of events may differ, in that the fruit peels may first be rolled over with a trough in order to pierce the essential oil pouches located on the underside of the peels. The liquid that results from this pressing process is a combination of orange juice and orange essential oil, which gradually begin to separate from each other, at which point the essential oil is collected.
In a slightly different extraction process, Orange Essential Oil is a by-product of Orange Juice. This process involves the whole fruit being pressed to squeeze the juice and essential oil from the pulp. When the essential oil separates from the juice and rises to its surface, the oil is collected through Centrifugation.
Cold-pressing protects the oil’s antioxidants and active ingredients from being destroyed by heat. After undergoing cold-pressing, some citrus oils are steam-distilled. Alternatively, Orange Oil can also be produced through Solvent Extraction, Supercritical CO2 Extraction, and Turbo Distillation. After extraction, Orange Oil has an orange-yellow or orange-brown color and gives off the light, fresh, sweet fragrance of the fruit itself.