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.