Essential oil of sweet orange


Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) comes from South-East Asia (Pakistan and India). It is now widely being cultivated in Israel, southern Europe (Italy and Spain), North Africa (Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria), the Americas (Florida and California), as well as in other tropical and subtropical regions.

The essential oil can be obtained from the peel of an orange fruit. Oil yield depends on the type and method of preparation (steam distillation or cold pressing). An average of 2-6 pounds of essential oil can be separated from 2000 pounds of fruit.

The essential oil of a sweet orange is a yellowish-orange liquid, and has a characteristic of a light-sweet orange aroma and also has a delicate taste of fresh fruit.

Therapeutic use

– Cures inflammation and bleeding gums, periodontal disease;
– Improves visual acuity and eliminates strain eyes at high load;
– Easy choleretic effect;
– Normalize lipid and carbohydrate metabolism;
– Increases appetite;
– Improves peristalsis, it is recommended for gastritis, chronic constipation;
– Lowers blood pressure;
– Eliminates spasms of smooth muscles of internal organs, used in the treatment of chronic bronchitis, convulsions, seizures.

Cosmetic effect

– A powerful anti-cellulite effect;
– Improves skin elasticity, promotes its renewal;
– Stimulates local blood circulation;
– Suitable for skin of all types;
– Great help in caring for chapped, dry skin;
– Has bleaching properties;
– Lip care;
– Used for dry hair and dry scalp;
– Improves hair growth, dandruff;
– Shrinks pores;
– Stimulates the production of melanin when taken orally.

Psycho-emotional impact

The essential oil of sweet orange can be used by people with insomnia, anxiety, depression, nervous tension, since it has a calming effect inside the central nervous system. It also contributes to the creation of elevated mood; and normalizes biorhythms and sleep-wake cycles.

Other application

Pressed orange essential oil is used in the food, confectionery, alcoholic, and soft drinks industry. It is also an ingredient in making perfume and fragrance soap.

Precautions and contraindications

The essential oil of sweet orange counters with ulcerative gastrointestinal disease, gastritis with high acidity, are hypersensitive to citrus.

Photosensitizing action has not applied to the skin before sunbathing.

Complementary flavors

Other citrus fruits, beat, nutmeg, black pepper, sage, pine, marjoram, kayaput, lemongrass, juniper, frankincense, geranium, vanilla, tonka beans, jasmine, lavender, neroli, and rose.

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  1. I love the essential oil of orange! It perfectly removes all bad smells in the house and just enhances the mood.

  2. While going for camping and hiking trips with my friends in the wild, I always make a point of rubbing my skin with fresh orange peel. By doing so, I’m able to naturally repel mosquitos without having to worry about the possible side effects caused by some of the over-the-counter products.

  3. CR 12 February 2013 :

    I can never take a bath without adding essential oil from orange peel to my bath water. The sweet scent tends to revitalize my senses after the bath.

  4. Eric 12 March 2013 :

    I use a bathroom air freshener to keep my bathroom fresh 24/7. By leaving the air freshener in its container and keeping the bathroom door shut at all times, I can guarantee a fresh scent each time someone uses the bathroom.

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