Fragrant Friday: Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)

Today’s featured oil is perfect for Fall!  It helps us hold onto the joyful energy of summer while gently leading us into autumn by blending nicely with cinnamon, clove and spruce.  Sweet Orange oil is a prime choice when we take life too seriously and forget how to laugh;  maybe that’s why it’s often the favorite oil of children.


Essential Oil of Sweet Orange
Citrus sinensis
(photo courtesy of Essential Elements)

Family:  Rutaceae

Geographical Source:  Native to China.  Extensively cultivated in California, Florida and the Mediterranean.

Extraction:  Like all citrus oils, orange is extremely sensitive to heat and must be extracted by cold expression of the fresh ripe outer peel to avoid degradation of the essential oil.

Characteristics:  Sweet orange essential oil is usually a yellowy-orange or dark orange liquid but can also be a pale yellow color.  The aroma has the familiar scent of freshly cut oranges and seems to appeal to everyone.

Shelf Life:  In my experience, orange has one of the shortest shelf lives of all the citrus oils and becomes bitter and stinky when rancid.  This is not an expensive oil so try to use up the bottle in less than one year.

Principle Constituents:  Over 90 percent monoterpenes, mainly limonene.

Therapeutic Actions:

  • Antidepressant
  • Antiviral
  • Astringent
  • Bactericidal
  • Circulatory stimulant
  • Digestive aid
  • Diuretic

Benefits of Sweet Orange Essential Oil:

Physical:

  This oil promotes peristalsis which helps to ease constipation.  Make a blend with 1 oz of Jojoba Oil and 15 drops of orange and gently massage the abdomen in a clockwise motion.  It stimulates lymph fluids making it helpful in massage for treating edema.

 

 

Emotional:
Few oils are as all-out cheering as Sweet Orange.   She induces a sense of well-being, lifts nervous tension and stress, having a positive and joyful influence on mood.   It’s often the oil of choice when working with children since they like the fresh, familiar scent. When my sons were younger and had sleepovers at the house, I diffused Sweet Orange and Lavender for the fresh, calming aroma.

Happy ladies (L) Kris Wrede of KismetPotions.com and  (R) Mindy Green of GreenSensations.com at last year’s AIA Convention .


For Cleaning:  

The affordable price, lovely aroma and antiseptic properties of Sweet Orange make it great for natural housecleaning.
Here’s a simple recipe for an all-purpose cleaner using Sweet Orange:
1/2 gallon water
1/2 gallon white vinegar
20 drops Sweet Orange essential  oil (Lemon is nice too).
OR you use orange peels and vinegar! Here’s the recipe

This blend will cut through grease, remove soap scum, act as an anti-bacterial spray and can be used in every room of the house.

Subtle Properties (energetic and vibrational):

According to Suzanne Fischer-Rizzi, Lemon and Orange both provide energy.  Lemon represents the masculine, supplying energy that aids concentration and refreshes the spirit.  Orange, on the other hand, represents feminine powers and gives strength to sacral chakra (which is the center of Goddess energy) and makes us want to hug the world.   Orange allows us to see life with an open heart and awakens creativity.

Safety: Unlike the other cold-pressed citrus oils, Sweet Orange is not phototoxic.  Yay!

Sweet Orange Blends Well With:  cinnamon, clove, coriander, ylang-ylang, sandalwood, patchouli, nutmeg, juniper, cypress, spruce

My Sweet Orange
SoulCollage® Card:

 

I Am One Who brings in the positive energy of sunshine.

I Am One Who helps you experience joy and delight.

I Am One Who reminds you how wonderful it is to be alive.

I Am One Who allows your inner child out to play and dance.

 

 

 

pompeii-orangeVibrant Organic Sweet Orange Essential Oil
order online from Pompeii Organics

 

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4 Comments

  1. I love sweet orange oil! Thanks for the tips!

    Reply
  2. I have a file on my computer for your Fragrant Friday posts, such wonderful information!!! <3
    Thank you for sharing your gift!

    Reply

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