Sweet orange oil is the most affordable and commercially available type of orange oil. It is cold pressed from the rind of the citrus sinensis tree. Other varieties of orange oil include petit grain and neroli. Petit grain is made from the leaves and stems while neroli is distilled from the floral blossoms of the orange tree. Both are generally obtained from the bitter orange tree; citrus aurantium. All of the orange oils mentioned are uplifting, calming and antiseptic.
Sweet orange essential oil is a good choice for use in depression as it is both uplifting and calming to the body and mind. It reduces stress, provides emotional balance and is refreshing. In a 2000 study by Lehrner, women who were exposed to orange oil prior to dental treatment were less anxious, more positive and calmer than women who were not exposed.
D-limonene, a natural component of sweet orange oil has been associated with having anti-cancer effects. Research supports this therapeutic benefit; a number of studies show the inhibiting effect of limonene on various types of cancers.
Sweet orange oil also eases digestion, rejuvenate congested and loose skin, promotes detoxification, and aids insomnia. Orange oil is a powerful cleaner and de-greaser. It also makes for an effective insect repellent.
Orange oil blends well with cinnamon, frankincense, geranium, lavender, clary-sage, vetiver, sandalwood, rose, geranium, jasmine, ylang-ylang, lime, grapefruit, lemon, bergamot, ginger and clove.
Sweet Orange Oil Recipes:
Add 4 drops sweet orange, 2 drops peppermint and 4 drops ginger essential oil to 4 teaspoons (20ml) of carrier oil and massage into the abdomen 2-3 times daily. For use on children cut the number of drops in half.
Skin Rejuvenation Blend-
Add 4 drops sweet orange, 4 drops frankincense and 2 drops cypress essential oil to 4 teaspoons (20ml) of jojoba oil.
Anxiety Relief Blend-
Add 2 drops sweet orange, 1 drop rose and 2 drops sandalwood essential oil to a bath or to 2 teaspoons (10ml) of carrier oil and massage into skin.
Refreshing Spray Blend-
Add 10 drops orange and 3 drops peppermint essential oil to a small spray bottle filled with distilled water and spritz to freshen the air.
Garden Insect Repellent Blend-
Add 4 drops sweet orange, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops grapefruit and 2 drops Roman chamomile essential oil to a 4 ounce spray bottle filled with water. Spray on affected leaves.
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Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
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