Orange has been a wildly popular scent ever since Portuguese explorers brought sweet oranges from Asia to Europe in the 1520’s. Christopher Columbus loved them so much that he brought them with him to the New World.
But did you know that you can make this scent part of your aromatherapy routine?
Sweet orange is one of my go-to essential oils! I keep it in my medicine cabinet because it instantly brings a smile to my face. I also love blending it with other oils. In fact, it’s a main ingredient in some of my most popular blends — including Autumn Blend, Spring Blend, Citrus Delight, Holiday Bliss, Digestive Body Oil, and Detoxing Body Oil.
What makes sweet orange oil different?When you think of an orange, you probably think of the juicy, tasty, fleshy insides. However, sweet orange oil actually comes from the outer peel, thanks to a special cold pressing technique. Just like its fleshy counterpart, orange oil has a sweet, warm, rounded aroma.
Orange oil — uses in aromatherapyIn addition to its great scent, aromatherapy experts love orange oil because it’s so versatile. You can literally use it from head to toe!
Sweet orange oil for digestionWhether you’re battling abdominal distention and pain, indigestion, flatulence, nausea, vomiting, constipation, irritable bowel, or simply poor eating choices, orange oil can help. It’s a hepatic stimulant and cholagogue — meaning it can help bile flow better, making it easier for your body to digest fatty foods. It can also help normalize the peristaltic action in your intestines — meaning your gastrointestinal muscles will contract more smoothly — so that you don’t have spasms and cramps.
Simply mix 7 drops of orange with 7 drops of ginger, and 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage your abdomen with it.
Sweet orange oil for skin careOrange can help fight the signs of aging, rough patches of skin, acne, and cellulite. As long as you mix it with a jojoba oil (one ounce of jojoba for every 10 drops of oil), you can apply it directly to your skin. (Don’t use it in your bath water, because it may irritate your skin!)
Orange’s astringent properties can work wonders for oily and acne-prone skin, so add it to your regular skin care routine.
To create your own regenerative moisturizer, combine 3 drops of sweet orange oil, 3 drops of frankincense, 3 drops of lavender, and 1 ounce of jojoba oil, and use it every night.
Or, create a daily massage oil by mixing 5 drops of sweet orange, 5 drops of geranium, 5 drops of atlas cedarwood, and 1 ounce of carrier oil. Massage it into your problem areas, and the orange will help stimulate your lymphatic system, which can help reduce cellulite.
Sweet orange oil as a mood boosterIf you didn’t know better, you’d think orange oil had some REAL sunshine in it! One whiff makes you think of sunshine-filled days, which is why it’s especially powerful during the winter.
Orange has antidepressant and sedative properties that help combat anxiety, tension, frustration, and insomnia. Author Gabriel Mojay summed its effects up perfectly when he said,
“Sweet orange oil is ideally suited to the efficient, hard-working individual who strives for perfection and achievement, but who has little tolerance for mishaps and mistakes.”Simply place a few drops on a tissue and breathe in the scent. You’ll instantly feel waves of happiness and calmness wash over you.
Sweet orange oil works great all by itself, but you can also mix it with other relaxing oils — like lavender, marjoram, and mandarin. This blend can have dramatic results if you use it right before bedtime!
Give yourself a sweet treat by stocking up on sweet orange oil from Aromandina!
Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
© 2015, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC