There are just a few things better than the lovely fragrance of somebody peeling an orange sitting next to us. We all know how that fresh, zesty, tangy aroma makes our mouth water and how it strokes our senses. That is the gift of aromatherapy! Orange is very famous for its mood reviving, immunity building, and sense stimulating, antibacterial, and invigorating properties. However, the orange essential oil is marvellous for so much more than just that!
India, the Middle East, China and the Mediterranean people have made extensive use of orange for treating coughs and colds and have even used it in their rituals for cleansing and purification. Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil is a time-tested remedy going back into thousands of years. It has also been used for skin problems, lifting depression, improving digestion, cleaning, and as well as for its aphrodisiac qualities!
What exactly is in the Orange Essential Oil?
For your information, the orange oil is mechanically cold pressed from the rind of the fruit. Oranges do not ripen after being picked contrary to other citrus fruits. Hence it is imperative that the fruit must be harvested at the right time to derive optimum levels of essential oil. The all-natural plant chemical called phytochemical content of orange essential oil is rather splendid.
An Egyptian study claims to have found over two hundred of phytochemicals in the peel, leaves, and flowers of Citrus sinensis! The most generous of the phytochemicals present in the orange is d-limonene, approximately eighty to ninety six percent! Orange also contains myrcene, alpha-pinene, citronellal, geranial, linalool, and neral however, D-limonene has been widely studied for its applications for health, and especially for cancer.
Contemporary uses for orange essential oil are plentiful.
Orange oil is widely used in cleaning products because of its natural antiseptic properties. Although the majority of orange oil is used by the food industry where it is used in variety of juices, soft drinks, and candies, eventually the skin care industry has also discovered its anti-aging benefits and uses it as a natural preservative.
Due to its amiable and easy to use character and having plenty and variety of benefits, orange essential oil is often recommended as the best oil for people who are new to essential oils.
This oil, which is accessed through a cold pressing process of orange peel, is comparatively low cost and it can be concocted with many other types of essential oils.
The list of the benefits and uses of orange essential oil is very long and includes properties such as anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic and it is reckoned as an aphrodisiac too. So, whether you are a beginner with essential oils, or not, here are ten of the amazing benefits and uses of orange essential oil.
Uses and Benefits:
1. Acne Treatment
Orange essential oil can be an excellent remedy for acne since it has both anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties. Like other essential oils mostly, orange essential oil is also too strong to be used without diluting it on the skin, so it must be mixed with the carrier oil prior to any application. Once diluted and mixed thoroughly, you can apply it to your face and this oil will fight infections and it will soothe any swelling or redness.
2. Reduces anxiety and depression
Orange essential oil certainly has a very good prominence for reducing any symptoms of anxiety and depression, although my sincere suggestion to you is, you should never use any essential oil as a replacement for medication that you may have been prescribed. Research suggests that the steam of orange essential oil can calm the mind and it also reduces the pulse rate. The aroma of oranges also most often brings back happy recollections of past events to many people and that cheers them up.
3. Eases cramps
Orange essential oil eases cramps and reduces muscle spasms when massaged onto the affected area post diluting it with the carrier oil, hence it can be an effective way to ease menstrual cramps too. The antispasmodic properties of orange essential oil can also be vital for recovering from a persistent and a very heavy cough.
4. It acts as diuretic
Orange essential oil is diuretic, which essentially means that it can expedite the processing of fluids through the body and increase the frequency of urination. This also has a number of benefits including a minimization of gas, the faster de-toxification of the body, an improvised digestive system and significant reduction in bloating. Before you consume the orange essential oil, without consulting a doctor first.
5. Use it as an antiseptic mouthwash
Orange essential oil can be used as a mouthwash because of its antiseptic properties, It is effective in treating mouth ulcers and the gum disease called gingivitis. Its anti-inflammatory properties also reduce swelling of the gums and ease the pain of ulcers. However, not without consulting your doctor for sure!
6. Eases a sore throat
This oil’s anti-microbial properties also carry pain killing analgesic properties. If you gargle with a mixture of water and a few drops of orange essential oil, it will help to fight the infection that causes a sore throat, reduce the inflammation and soothe the pain. We prefer to repeat that it’s best to consult a doctor before taking orange essential oil internally.
7. It will act as a mild sedative
Orange essential oil does act as a mild sedative; this oil will relax your mind and your muscles and help you get a better night’s sleep. When you come home stressed out from a hard day’s work, all you need to do is, put some orange essential oil in a diffuser and it will calm you and divert the mind which bogs you down. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to your bath water and it will have the same effect.
8. It is great for the skin
Above we have already mentioned that orange essential oil can be used to treat acne and it has other skin care benedictions too. Orange essential oil moisturizes the skin, improve the blood flow and help to keep the pores of the skin clean when applied on the skin mixed with the carrier oil. It is also very high in antioxidants that will help to stop lines and wrinkles from appearing on the skin.
9. Reduces the appearance of cellulite
Orange essential oil is also known to be excellent for reducing the appearance of cellulite. If you massage a mixture of orange essential oil and carrier oil into the affected area, it will soften the epidermis, stimulate the flow of blood, and help to smooth out the unsightly lumps and bumps of cellulite.
10. Freshens up the home
The beautiful citrusy aroma of orange essential oil is a fantastic way to freshen up your entire home. You can use the oil in a diffuser and it will work great as a long-lasting air freshener and it won’t leave you with that residual disinfectant like smell that some commercial air fresheners leave.