The many healthy uses for Orange Essential Oil

Orange essential oil is extracted from the fruit peels of sweet orange (Citrus sinensis).This citrus variety is a native of China. It is called sweet orange oil to distinguish it from other citrus family essential oils derived from bitter oranges – like the Bergamot essential oil obtained from Citrus bergamia.

The orange evergreen tree has dark green leaves with white flowers and bright orange round fruit, varying in size, with leather-like skin. The trees are native to China, but are now cultivated extensively in different parts of the world, especially America.

The main active components in orange essential oil are limonene, myrcene, citronellal, neral, alpha-pinene, geraniol, Linalool, and sabinene. These phytochemicals in essential oils are highly potent, and they act individually and together to bring about metabolic changes and benefits to the human body at the cellular level. The therapeutic properties of the orange oil are antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, and a cholagogue (acts as a medicinal agent which promotes the discharge of bile from the system, purging it downward).

Orange oil blends well with these oils – black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, frankincense, sandalwood, and vetiver.

Benefits: Orange essential oil is used extensively in daily aromatherapy sessions to create the feeling of happiness and warmth for clients while calming nervous symptoms and digestive problems. People can use this oil to deal with colds and flu, It helps eliminate toxins from our bodies and stimulates the lymphatic system while helping the formation of collagen ( is the most abundant protein found in skin, blood vessels, digestive system, tendons, and bones).

Bottle of Sweet Orange essential oil from oranges, set on wooden background – alternative medicine.

 

Uses for Orange Essential Oil:

Control Acne: Orange oil can help reduce acne in people with oily skin. It helps cut the oil production by your skin glands. Add 5 – 6 drops of orange oil to a cup of water and wash the face with a soft towel before going to bed.

The Orange oil acts as an astringent, a deep pore cleanser when used with a light carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. Mix 4 – 6 drops of orange oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply on your face with a cotton ball. Wipe after 5 minutes. This will help cleanse makeup off your face leaving your skin refreshed before going to bed at night.

For treating acne, use a cotton swab to dab a few drops of sweet orange oil on the acne. The antiseptic cleansing effect of the orange oil helps kill bacteria and clear up acne in a few days, depending on how worse your acne is.

Improve Dental Hygiene: This will help couples keep a better marriage. The refreshing smell of orange oil cannot only combat bad breath but help fight gum infections and inflammation such as gingivitis and pyorrhea. Orange oil reduces bacteria growth in the mouth and reduces gum inflammation resulting in a healthy mouth.

Add ½ teaspoon salt and 5 drops of orange oil to a cup of warm water. Use this after stirring well, for gargling. People who suffer from mouth ulcers find it helpful to numb the pain and reducing recurrence.

Relieve Seasonal Allergies: Seasonal allergies are usually caused by pollen and spores of mold.  When these tiny particles are inhaled, the lining of the nasal passages gets inflamed and irritated.

During an allergy attack, white blood cells recognize micro foreign bodies trying to enter the body. They unleash an immune response against the allergen by releasing histamines. This starts the allergy reaction – the causation of red and itchy eyes and nose, which includes repetitive and uncontrollable sneezing.  Orange essential oil can help stop the progression of allergic reactions caused by mold, pollen, and tiny spores

Always carry a small vial of orange oil during allergy season. Whenever you feel the slightest irritation in your nostrils, take a good long sniff of the oil. Allergic reactions can rapidly spread to your mucous membranes like the sinuses. This can result in nasal and sinus congestion including blinding headaches. Essential oil like Orange oil inhalation can help relieve these symptoms at once.

Improve Digestion: Orange oil can be used to improve digestion and it helps reduce flatulence and other stomach related problems.

To improve digestion, use 5-6 drops of sweet orange oil in the diffuser. Mix 3-4 drops of the oil in a teaspoonful of olive oil and gently rub on the abdominal area. This increases the secretion of digestive enzymes, improving daily digestion of food while relieving chronic gas and constipation. Use one drop of orange oil on a tissue and keep it near babies, who refuse to feed because of colicky pains. It will help relieve their symptoms.

Reduce Edema:  Edema is defined medically as the swelling from fluid accumulation in the body tissues in certain areas of the body that is prone to water retention, like the face, legs, and feet.

Orange oil can be used to help reduce fluid retention greatly. Warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add 10 drops of sweet orange oil. Apply on your feet and massage it in gently. Have your spouse or family member do it for you on a daily basis till your symptoms reduce or are gone for good.

Another way to use orange essential oil for swollen feet is to add it into a relaxing foot bath. Add warm water to a wide plastic or aluminum basin then add a mixture of 2 tablespoons sea salt and 15 drops of orange essential oil. Immerse your tired and swollen feet in the water for 30 minutes. Do this daily and do not stop this practice for any reason as you age. This helps you relax every evening before going to bed while bringing down the swelling in your feet.

For facial edema, add a teaspoon of sea salt to a cup of warm water and stir in 5 drops of sweet orange essential oil. Use a cotton ball to dab this water under the eyes and on the cheeks and neck area.

Disinfect and clean surfaces: Orange essential oil has antiseptic properties. It can be used very effectively to clean frequently used surfaces like kitchen counters, cutting boards, cutlery and dining table to reduce bacteria growth. In fact, it is fast becoming a regular ingredient in cleaning products. Commercial cleaning liquids may contain chemical substances that are better avoided in the kitchen and serving areas. You can easily make your own disinfectant solution with orange oil.

Add 10 drops of sweet orange oil to a cup of warm water and use a clean sponge to wipe surfaces with this mixture. Allow to dry naturally. Orange oil is non-toxic, so you don’t need to wipe down with water again. You can easy spray using a spritz bottle with the mixture and wipe them down. You will have a kitchen smelling and looking great. You can use this solution in commercial office buildings and save money by avoiding the use of chemical cleaning industrial products.

Door handles and knobs are full of germs as people transfer germs by constant use. Wiping them with orange oil in a cleaning solution can keep infection down to a minimum. Do this particularly during the cold and flu season to keep children from getting infected.

Treat Arthritis pain:  Arthritis causes pain and swelling of joints which can be extremely debilitating. As we age, there can be bone deformities, loss of cartilage and related autoimmune diseases of the skin caused due to arthritis. Chronic inflammation is the main symptom of arthritis, so the anti-inflammatory property of orange oil can provide gradual relief.

Mix 10 – 15 drops of orange oil daily into a tablespoon of warm coconut or olive oil over very low heat. Apply the mixture on the affected areas like knees, knuckles, finger joints, elbow joints, and gently rub it in until it is completely absorbed by the skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of orange essential oil go to work and help reduce the pain caused by Arthritis. As you continue to use this natural medication daily, you will find that you have great relief over the years.

Relieve daily fatigue: Daily stress of work and family life can wear us out. Physical and mental fatigue can be relieved with orange essential oil. Mix orange oil with lavender to speed up the effect of removing fatigue from your mind. This mixture greatly enhances your mood and rejuvenates your tired spirit.

Mix 5 drops each of sweet orange oil and lavender oil. Use this mixture in a diffuser. Apply a few drops to your wrists and forehead (temple area) like you would Vicks vapor rub, for faster absorption into the body.

Adding essential oils to your warm bubble bath will give you great relaxation. Soak in the water for 30 minutes for good relief and mental rejuvenation. Listening to your favorite music while in the bath, will relax you even better.

Acts as a Diuretic: Orange essential oil has mild diuretic properties that result in an increased output of urine. This helps the body by removing toxic substances, salts, and leftover wastes of protein digestion such as uric acid.

By removing excess and harmful fluids from the body, diuretics like orange essential oil helps reduce edema caused by water retention in tissues. It also reduces blood pressure and excessive load on the heart gradually.

Acts as an Antiseptic: Citrus oils have antiseptic properties, including orange essential oil. It helps reduce the risk of infection if you apply the oil using a cotton ball around the wounded area. Orange oil is an excellent antiseptic for disinfecting cuts, scrapes, insect bites, open boils and skin eruptions. It is safe to use on children, use a small quantity and disinfect the wound around it. Never directly apply the oil on the wound. Keeping the area around the wound is crucial for faster healing of the skin.

Acts as an Antispasmodic: Spasms are involuntary muscle contractions that are painful. Commonly referred to as muscle cramps, spasms can be debilitating and can result in sprains and muscle tears. The relaxing effect of orange oil can bring immediate relief.

Acts as an Anti-depressant: Peeling an orange releases its natural oils unseen to the eye. Orange essential oil is often used in aromatherapy to help people with depression or reduce stress levels after a long day’s work.

A sniff of the orange essential oil will help your mind feel alert while putting it into a relaxed state. The chemical components induce a sense of happiness and well-being. It helps reduce cortisol secretion and remove mental anxiety.

Acts as a mild Aphrodisiac: Orange essential oil is a mild aphrodisiac, increasing blood flow due to a relaxed state of mind and body. This helps improve sexual performance. It has the immense ability to reduce anxiety and relax your mind and this helps increase in the secretion of sex hormones which helps in having a better relationship between couples. Use orange essential oil drops in a diffuser after you come home. Getting your body into a relaxed state will help you and your partner perform better in bed.

Exercise caution before you use it: As with all essential oils, Sweet orange oil is relatively milder than  bergamot, another citrus oil – which has a higher concentration of naturally formed chemical components. Use citrus oils a few drops at a time because of its potent nature.

Sweet orange oil actually tastes bitter. It can cause toxicity if used in excess, the main symptoms being vomiting, diarrhea, and headache. Always test your skin for sensitivity by applying to a small area of your skin, before applying on your skin.

4 Gift ideas for essential oils

  1. Thoughtful baby shower gift: Give a wall diffuser with lavender oil for mom and baby to help them relax, sleep better and longer at night.
  2. New Medicinal kit: Gift a medicinal kit with essential oils consisting of lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, camphor, peppermint, tea tree, cinnamon, orange, oregano, and frankincense.
  3. Sell a home! If you are a Realtor or new home builder, nothing means more to your buyer than a home that is inviting. Use any of these essential oils: clove, orange, cinnamon, eucalyptus to wow your buyers.
  4. Use in office spaces: Increase worker productivity and happiness, create a better office working environment, promote peace, stability, and happiness among co-workers by diffusing mild to medium notes of essential oils.

Outdoor Uses

  1. Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil mixed along with clove and cinnamon oils to kill pests on contact in your herb or kitchen garden.
  2. Natural mosquito repellent: Mix four drops each of lemongrass oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil to make a natural bug spray and rub on exposed areas of skin.

20 Top Household uses of Essential Oils

Here are some great uses for essential oils, besides elevating your mood. If you know of other uses, please e-mail us and we will add those to our list here.

  1. Wonderful smelling home: Mix a few drops of clove, rosemary and orange essential oils in a diffuser when guests come over, and they will be amazed at how heavenly your home smells. Caution: Be considerate and don’t overdo it as some of your guests (like Seniors) may be sensitive to strong smells.
  2. Wash produce: To clean fruit and vegetables, add two drops of lemon oil and orange oil to a large bowl of water then wash.
  3. Home cleaner: Add six drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil to a few ounces of warm water, then spray countertops and bathroom tiles to naturally disinfect.
  4. Clean kitchen smell: Add a few drops of clove, cinnamon or citrus essential oil to a simmering pan of water to get rid of cooking odors.
  5. Cleaner, spot-free dishes: Add a few drops of orange oil to your dishwasher each time, before washing for a spot-free rinse.
  6. Clean air in your home: Use cinnamon essential oil in a diffuser and enjoy its anti-microbial properties.
  7. Bathroom Freshener: Put a cotton ball soaked in orange or lemon oil, in a small container, behind the toilet for a bathroom refresher.
  8. Neutralize smelly sports gear: Add five drops each of tea tree oil and lemon essential oil to one quart of warm water; next, add four tablespoons of baking soda and mix. Use this mixture to clean bad sweat odors on jerseys, cleats and sports gear.
  9. Get rid of strong shoe odor: To get rid of the strong smell from shoes, add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon oil, and wipe to freshen them each week.
  10. Odor free fridge: To freshen up the fridge or freezer when cleaning, add a few drops of lime, grapefruit or bergamot oil to warm water, then clean.
  11. Scent your wash loads going forward: Add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil per medium load. Your family will love you for it. Or if you live by yourself, you will feel happy and smile more often. Essential oils are known and proven to raise your spirits and make you feel cheerful all day long.
  12. Eliminate shower curtain scum: Using a spray bottle, use four drops of eucalyptus essential oil and four drops of tea tree oil or orange oil with warm water. The anti-microbial properties will help prevent mold build up.
  13. Clean grimy and greasy pans: Add ten drops of lemon oil in a two cups of boiling water with one tablespoon of liquid soap, to help remove tough grime and grease, stuck on stubborn foods, from pots and pans. Let it soak overnight, before cleaning the next day.
  14. Carpet cleaner: Mix 20 drops of tea tree oil with Borax for homemade carpet powder to get rid of strong pet smell or unusual odors caused by accidental spills or human sickness.
  15. Eliminate tobacco odor: To remove the foul smell of cigarette or pipe smoke, mix four drops of rosemary, tea tree and eucalyptus oil in warm water, fill a spray bottle and spray around the house.
  16. Eliminate mold: Add tea tree oil to your diffuser to kill mold and other pathogens in the air. Repeated use helps effective removal of airborne pathogens.
  17. Kill pests: Spray orange essential oil along with clove and cinnamon oils to kill pests on contact in your house.
  18. Bathtub scrub: Mix one-half cup of baking soda, one-half cup of vinegar and five drops of bergamot or lime oil; use as a scrub for your bathtub, sinks, and toilets.
  19. Freshen your trash can: Put a cotton ball with four drops each of lemon oil and tea tree oil at the bottom of the trash can to help decrease the odor in the can.
  20. Detoxify the air: Add peppermint and eucalyptus oil to a gallon of paint to remove fumes.