Today’s featured oil helps us hold onto the joyful energy of summer year-round!
Sweet Orange essential 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 essential oil of children.

Essential Oil of Sweet Orange
Citrus sinensis

The Foundations

Family:  Rutaceae
(Learn more about Essential Oil Plant Families here)

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 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 Chemical Constituents:  Over 90 percent monoterpenes, mainly limonene
(Learn more about Essential Oil Chemical Constituents.)

Therapeutic Actions:

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

Benefits of Sweet Orange Essential Oil:


  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.



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 at an AIA Convention.

Sweet Orange Green Cleaning Recipe

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 of Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) OR you use orange peels and vinegar!
    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):

Lemon and Orange essential oils both provide uplifting 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 the 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.

Sweet Orange Safety:

Unlike 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 Aromatic Wisdom 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.

Where to Buy Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Suggested Essential Oil Suppliers – with GC/MS reports

Lotus Garden Botanicals

Rocky Mountain Oils

Plant Therapy

Suggested Essential Oil Suppliers – without GC/MS reports

Amrita Essential Oils

Starwest Botanicals

Edens Garden


  • Updated on January 18, 2024  for accuracy and relevance.
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