Orange Essential Oil

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Orange oil is extracted from Citrus sinensis (also known as Citrus aurantium var. dulcis and C. aurantium var. sinensis) of the Rutaceae family and is also known as Portugal or China orange.

This unpretentious essential oil is used in aromatherapy to create the feeling of happiness and warmth, while calming nervous digestive problems. It deals very well with colds and flu, eliminates toxins and stimulates the lymphatic system, while supporting collagen formation in the skin.

Oil properties

Sweet orange oil has a sweet, fresh and tangy smell, is yellow to orange in color and watery in viscosity. The shelf life is approximately 6 months.

Origin of Orange

This evergreen tree has dark green leaves and white flowers and bright orange round fruit with roughish skin. The trees are native to China, but are now cultivated extensively in America.

Orange oil is used in many Curacao type liqueurs and for the flavoring of food, drink and confectionery and when added to furniture polish, helps to protect against damage from insects.


Orange oil is extracted from the orange peel by cold-pressing and yields 0.3 -0.5 %.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of orange oil are a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, citronellal, neral and geranial.


It is a safe non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil, yet care must be taken with it since it can have a phototoxic effect. It should therefore preferably not be applied before going out into sunlight for prolonged periods.

Therapeutic Properties

The therapeutic properties of orange oil are antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, cholagogue, sedative and tonic.


It is a sunny and radiant oil, bringing happiness and warmth to the mind and helps people to relax and helps children to sleep at night. Orange oil can be used effectively on the immune system, as well as for colds and flu and to eliminate toxins from the body.

It is a good diuretic and is most useful in balancing water retention and obesity. Its lymphatic stimulant action further helps to balance water processes, detoxification, aiding the immune system and general well-being.

For the digestive system, orange oil can help with constipation, dyspepsia and as a general tonic. It is also useful in cases of nervous tension and stress.

  • Vapor therapy
    • In vapor therapy, orange oil can help with colds and flu, nervous tension and stress and helps to create a feeling of happiness and warmth, while helping children fall asleep at night.
  • Blended massage oil and in a bath
    • As a blended massage oil or added to a bath, it assists with colds and flu, eliminates toxins, boost the lymphatic and immune system and helps ease nervous tension and stress.
  • Cream or lotion
    • When used in a cream or lotion it also assists the lymphatic system, helping to detoxify a congested skin and although it is a good general skin tonic, it is great for older more mature skin, dealing with dermatitis, as well as acne and soothing a dry irritated skin. The general tonic action seems to stem from the action it has on supporting collagen formation in the skin, which is required for a healthy, young-looking skin.

More information about Orange Oil

Skin Care ~ regenerative & rejuvenating properties ~ treats ageing, rough, dull, congested & callused skin ~ supports collagen formation in the skin ~ promotes healthy, youthful & smooth skin ~ beneficial for soothing dry, irritated skin ~ acne, blemishes, dermatitis ~ helps fungal infections ~ promotes wounds from infection

Body Care ~ mild aphrodisiac properties ~ helps frigidity, erectile problems, impotence, loss of interest in sex & decreased libido

Childrens Remedy ~ children love this aroma ~ useful to help with sleep & alleviate tummy upsets

Digestive System ~ settles digestion ~ prevents & eases spasms & relieves cramps ~ excellent for treating constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence & irritable bowel ~ improves the metabolism of fats

Immune System ~ boosts immunity ~ helps with all types of inflammation ~ antiseptic properties ~ promotes wounds from infection

Lymphatic System ~ stimulating & boosting ~ helps treat swollen tissue ~ extremely useful for cellulite ~ eliminates toxins

Musculoskeletal System ~ recommended for the treatment of arthritis & rheumatism ~ relaxes muscular spasms

Nervous System ~ subtle sedative & anti-depressant properties ~ recommended for anxiety, anger, depression, nervousness, stress & insomnia ~ relaxes nervous spasms ~ calms nervous

Reproductive System ~ promotes menstruation

Respiratory System ~ relieves coughs & flu

Urinary System ~ promotes urination

Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ sunny & radiant ~ refreshing, cheerful & sensual nature ~ promotes happiness, warmth, peace & joy ~ ideal for when take life too seriously & forget how to laugh ~ releases self judgement, obsessions & fears ~ can restore & balance emotions ~ uplift & promote a positive attitude while calming ones spirit

Blends well with ~ All Spice, Ambrette Seed, Aniseed, Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cananga, Cinnamon, Clove, Dill, Cypress, Fragonia, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Gingergrass, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Verbena, May Chang, Melissa, Neroli, Nerolina, Niaouli, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Peru Balsam, Petitgrain, Pine, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Valerian, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Safety ~ non-toxic, non-irritating & non-sensitizing

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