Learn How to Use Orange Essential Oil!

Hello,
It is my pleasure to share with you one of my favorite essential oils- Sweet Orange. I am from sunny California and this time of the year is when the Oranges which are called Navel Oranges are starting to be harvested and packed for the Holiday season! The botanical name for  the Navel Orange is Citrus sinensis (L.) Persoon (CH.) (Syn : Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck
/ Citrus aurantium var. dulcis Hayne)  and also is the same botanical name of the Sweet Orange from which the rind is cold pressed for the essential oil.

Harvesting Sweet Oranges

Each year my grandfather brought us fresh oranges to eat from the local orange growers who he and my father sold compost to. It was close to where he lived on the east side of Bakersfield, California. Small orchards of oranges existed then and each farmer grew, harvested and packed them. You could go to their farm stores and purchase oranges. A few of these farms still exist there. Here is one that you can order your holiday oranges from called California Fruit depot on the east side of Bakersfield.

Peeling an orange now invokes the smell of  fresh, sweet, and succulent oranges and  fond memories of my grandfather entering our home with his big box of oranges for us to enjoy during the holiday season. My mother would put them in the bottom of our stockings. I couldn’t wait to get to the bottom of my stocking for that sweet, juicy treat- the orange.

Box of Oranges

Now, no wonder I have high regard for this essential oil and can’t wait to share more with you about Orange essential oil in my Youtube  “Learn How to Use Orange Essential Oil Series.” Each week I will be offering you a new Orange essential oil formulation so you can see how versatile and effective this essential oil really is.

First let’s look at the Essential Oil Profile of Orange so you can get a better understanding of this essential oil.

Orange Essential Oil Profile

Botanical nameCitrus sinensis (L.) Persoon (CH.) (Syn : Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck / Citrus aurantium var. dulcis Hayne

Family– Rutaceae Family

Countries of origin- Mexico and Brazil.

Main chemical constituents – D-Limonene (89,00 à 97,00%) Myrcene (<= 5,00%).

The color of the essential oil is Orange. It is a top note in perfumery. Orange essential oil combines well with most essential oils.

Mind System– Depression, sadness

Circulatory System– calming to the heart

Digestive System– helps the stomach to digest better, gallstones

Immune System- antibiotic and antiseptic properties

Intestinal System– constipation, diarrhea

Lymphatic System– stimulates fluids in the body

Nervous System- anxiety, insomnia

Skin System– acne, toning effects on the gums and mouth ulcers,

Urinary System– diuretic, kidney stones

Contraindications: Do not use in pregnancy or with children under 2 years of age. 

Caution: if the oil is more than 3 years old or oxidized it should not be used. When making preparations with any citrus essential oil add an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin E or in preparation that already contains Vitamin E. You can use a Vitamin E capsule.

Reference:  Hargis, Lorrie (2015) Common Scents, A Practical Guide to Aromatherapy, page 99-100

The first week of the video Series “Learn How to Use Orange Essential Oil,” I will be sharing with my favorite Sensational Orange Essential Oil Sprays!

Here is the how to use Orange Essential Oil in a Purifying Spray!

Stay tune for next week’s video- Learn How to Use Orange Essential Oil in a Cleaning Spray! Make sure you join our Youtube channel for more videos Join the Common Scents Community to learn more about essential oil

Better Health and Happiness,

Lorrie

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