Essential Oils – Sweet Orange

Sweet orange essential oil is lovely in that it smells exactly how they taste; sweet and delicious! Orange oil has been used for countless years in cleaning products, cosmetics, food and beverages. Oranges were originally from China and were then grown in Indian.  Europe did not use oranges medicinally until the 17th century due to the expense and the perceived rarity of them.  Today orange trees can be found in the Mediterranean, Israel, South America and the United States. 

Name of Oil: Sweet Orange
Latin Name: Citrus sinensis
Countries of Origin: South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, USA
Historical Use: The dried peel of the sweet orange has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat anorexia, colds, coughs, digestive spasm relief and to stimulate digestion.
General Growth, Habitat: Evergreen tree with dark green leaves, white flowers and oranges.
Parts Used in Distillation: Peel
Scent: Citrusy, sweet. 
Uses: Relaxes muscular and nervous spasms; alleviates anxiety, depression and insomnia; good for cuts and abrasions. 
Emotional Use: Uplifting and soothing.
Safety: Phototoxic; do not apply prior to being outdoors in the sun. 

Extra Tidbits:

  • Add a few drops of sweet orange to a diffuser to alleviate anxiety and or stress; or use to freshen a room
  • Add 24 drops of sweet orange to 4 ounces of distilled water in a spray bottle; shake well and spray on house plants to discourage pests
  • Add 14 drops of sweet orange and ¼ cup of white vinegar to a bucket of warm water to naturally clean floors

Until next time, discover the power of welcoming essential oils into your life.

References
Lyth, G. (2014, November 3). Sweet Orange Essential Oil. Aromatherapy Lifestyle. Retrieved from http://www.quinessence.com/blog/sweet-orange-essential-oil.

Tohi, W. (2013, October 12). Need a lift? Check out the many uses of orange oil. Natural News. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/042448_orange_oil_aromatherapy_healing_remedies.html.


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