Orange, sweet (Citrus sinensis)
Associated with gratitude and generosity, Orange essential oil has a sweet, refreshing pleasant aroma, reminiscent of happy, summer days. It has a relaxing and uplifting effect and can help to reduce feelings of stress, nervous tension and depression. Orange oil may also be useful on dull and tired skin due to its toning properties.
What does Orange essential oil smell like?
Citrusy and sweet, Orange essential oil smells just like the juice from an orange rind with a more intense aroma. Like most citrus oils, the fragrance is uplifting, bringing a sense of happiness to the inhaler.
Where does Orange essential oil originate from?
The orange tree, citrus sinensis originates from Southeast Asia and has been grown for centuries. Orange essential oil is extracted from the orange rind by cold compression. For many cultures, the orange tree symbolises love, marriage, innocence and fertility.
What are the properties of Orange essential oil?
Orange essential oil is versatile and inexpensive with a wide range of properties that make it a staple for your natural medicine cabinet.
Orange essence can provide quick and effect relief from inflammation, helping to reduce irritation and pain. It can also be diffused to aid breathing and calm an anxious mind.
Orange essential oil may help the following ailments:
- Anxiety and depression
- Aids digestive function
- Treats spasms such as muscle cramps
- Works as an aphrodisiac
How to use Orange essential oil:
Mix Orange oil with coconut carrier oil for a sweet and intoxicating, beach holiday fragrance and use for a stimulating and invigorating massage. Allow the incredible aroma to permeate into your sense of smell which provides an uplifting feeling, while the massage works to remove toxins and flush the body of excess water. If alone, self massage by rubbing into the shoulders and loosening up the built up tension in the neck area. Alternatively, massage Orange essence into the stomach in a clockwise direction to help aid digestion.
Use as an air freshener around the home in a diffuser or oil burner - citrusy scented essential oils liven up the air thanks to their uplifting, zesty and summery aromas. They work perfectly to slice through any stale odours, leaving the home smelling fresh and clean.
Mix orange essential oil with an emulsifier and add a few drops to your bath water on a morning for an invigorating start to the day.
Orange oil recipes
DIY sugar scrub for lips
For kissably soft lips, try this all natural sugar scrub, or even mix and match your favourite oils to plump, soothe or soften. We love the combination of Peppermint and Orange in this version, which lifts the spirits and leaves you with a slight tingle on your lips. It’s also great as a quick breath freshener.
Simply stir the below ingredients together and massage into your lips in small circles.When you’ve had enough and your lips feel fantastic, just lick the scru off. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone. This recipe makes around half a cup of scrub, so make sure you have a few small storage containers to hand.
- 4 teaspoons of brown sugar
- 3 teaspoons virgin coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons of honey
- 2 drops of peppermint oil
- 2 drops of orange oil
Homemade citrus and honey shampoo
If you’re looking to restore moisture and vigour to your hair as well as banishing dandruff, why not try this homemade Citrus and honey shampoo? The balancing oils help to repair damaged hair, it neutralises PH and kills bacteria without stripping your hair of its natural oils.
Simply mix all the ingredients together and massage into the head and scalp. The recipe has the tendency to separate, so give it a good mix through before every use.
- 5 tablespoons raw honey
- 5 drops Orange essential oil
- 5 drops Lemon essential oil
- One cup of water
- Storage bottle (preferably dark glass with a dispenser or pump)
Essential oils to compliment Orange oil
- Citrus essences
- Clary sage
- Coriander (and all other spices)
Anything to note?
Do not use lemon essential oil on you skin prior to sunbathing or other sun exposure, as this may cause temporary pigmentation of the skin. Try a patch test 24 hours before using the oil. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, seek medical advice before using. Store in a cool, dark place and keep out of reach of children.