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.