Orange essential oil is extracted from the fruit peels of sweet orange that goes by the name Citrus sinensis. As the name indicates, this citrus variety is a native of China. It is called sweet orange oil to distinguish it from the essential oils derived from bitter oranges––such as the Bergamot essential oil obtained from Citrus bergamia.
Sweet orange oil is widely used in aromatherapy and herbal medicine, and here's our top 5 uses:
The very action of peeling an orange is so uplifting, thanks to the release of the orange oil in the peel. Not surprisingly, the essential oil of orange is often used in aromatherapy to bring one out of a depressed or pensive mood.
A mere whiff of the oil can make you feel alert and relaxed at the same time. It induces a sense of happiness and well-being. Along with the reduction in cortisol secretion and lifting of mental anxiety, physical changes such as lowering of pulse rate are observed.
Orange oil acts as a mild sedative, taking away the edge of mental and physical fatigue, pain, anger, and other strong feelings. The sedative effect of this aromatic oil is different from the tranquilizing effect of opiate drugs, though.
For instance, instead of pushing you into a drug-induced haze, orange oil keeps your senses alert while providing a relaxed feeling. It has none of the side effects and addictive nature of narcotic drugs. Best of all, you need not ingest orange oil to experience its sedative effect. A few drops of it in an infuser or in your bath water can make way for a relaxed evening at the end of a hectic day.
Inflammation is part of body’s healing mechanism, but uncontrolled and chronic inflammation has many negative effects, apart from causing swelling and pain.
Orange oil can regulate the inflammatory response of the body to allergens, injuries, infections and other irritants. You can observe perceptible changes such as reduction in redness and swelling at the site of injury. In case of respiratory allergens, the anti-inflammatory action can help relieve a runny nose and cough.
4. To control acne
Orange oil has a drying and grease-cutting effect on the skin that can help reduce acne in people with oily skin. Add 2-3 drops of orange oil to a cup of water and wash the face with it before going to bed.
Orange oil acts as a deep cleanser when used with a light carrier oil like olive oil or sweet almond oil. Mix 3 -4 drops of orange oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and apply on the face with a cotton ball. Allow to remain for 5 minutes and wipe off. This is an excellent way to remove makeup in the evening.
For a spot treatment for acne, dip a cotton swab in sweet orange oil and touch the acne. The antiseptic effect of orange oil helps reduce bacteria that worsen acne.
5. For disinfecting surfaces
Being an antiseptic oil, orange oil can be used very effectively to clean frequently used surfaces like kitchen counters, cutting boards, cutlery and dining table. In fact, it is a common ingredient in many cleaning products. However, commercial products may contain many undesirable substances that are better avoided in food preparation and serving areas. Make your own disinfectant solution with orange oil.
Add 10 drops of sweet orange oil to a cup of water and use a clean sponge to wipe the surfaces with this mixture. Allow to dry naturally. Since orange oil is non-toxic, you don’t need to rinse the surfaces again. You can fill a spritz bottle with the mixture and spray on surfaces as you wipe them down. You will have a kitchen that is clean and smells great as well.
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