Essential Oils: 7 Benefits of Orange Oil

Updated on September 10, 2018
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I love researching eco-friendly and natural uses of essential oils, and I like to share what I learn with others.

Everyday uses for orange oil.
Everyday uses for orange oil.

Where Does Orange Oil Come From?

Orange oil is one of the key components extracted from orange peel. The oil is extracted from the small glands found on the skin. When peeling an orange, you may have noticed tiny sprays of scented liquid bursting out. This is caused by the rupturing of the glands underneath the skin of the peel.

Orange oil can either be removed by cold pressing or distilling with steam. Many essential oils are extracted from oranges. Mandarin, sweet orange, petitgrain, neroli, bergamot, and bitter-orange oils are just some of the essential oils extracted from the peels.

Benefits of Orange Oil in Everyday Life

1. Beautiful Skin

Orange oil is a common ingredient of many beauty skin care products because it has many healing properties like curing cracked and dry skin. Neroli is extracted from the bitter orange plant and is thought to slow down the process of aging and strengthen sensitive skin. Even acne can be treated with an application of orange oil. Gently rub your skin with the oil twice daily for glowing radiant skin.

2. Aromatherapy and Headaches

Orange oil is one of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy and massage. It contains an ingredient called linalool that helps relieve tension and stress and creates a peaceful, calm atmosphere. Even merely sniffing the scent can create a peaceful state of mind. For this reason, orange oil can also be used topically to soothe headaches. Simply place a few drops of orange oil on your fingertips, and gently massage onto your temples for soothing relief.

3. Digestive Problems

Orange oil has amazing curative properties for various stomach problems like indigestion and bloating. Mix equal parts of lavender or rosewood oils to the orange oil, and rub carefully on the skin over the stomach area. This will provide quick and soothing relief.

Orange oil is a healthy go-to resource!
Orange oil is a healthy go-to resource! | Source

4. Salmonella

Salmonella is a bacteria that causes food poisoning and is contracted by eating uncooked or undercooked foods. Some of the symptoms include diarrhea, stomach pain, and fever. Some studies have shown that essential orange oils, especially sweet orange oil, have some properties that inhibit a strain of salmonella bacteria from multiplying and affecting other areas.

5. Perfume

Orange oil can be used as a refreshing perfume. Just dab a small amount on your inner wrists and behind your ears for a clean citrus scent. It's alcohol-free and has much fewer additives than many commercial perfumes. You may also combine other essentials oils with orange oil to create a wonderful custom potpourri.

6. Cleaning Agent

Being a good anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent, sweet orange oil can be added to water in measurable drops and used as a household cleaner. You can make a spritzer by combining clean water, orange oil, and Epsom salt. Spritz the mixture over kitchen countertops and tabletops, and wipe dry with a clean cloth. This is not only very eco-friendly, but it's also very cheap.

7. Insect Repellent

Oranges generally contain an ingredient that wards off insects, ticks, flies, and mosquitoes. Dab a piece of cotton wool with orange oil and place it in closets and cupboards to repel moths. You can even rub orange oil on your skin to prevent mosquito bites. If you are suffering from insect bites, orange oil can take away the itching sensation and also cool the area.

Caution When Using Orange Oil

Please ensure that you are not allergic to orange oil before using it on your body. Aside from that, orange oil also contains limonene, which may irritate your skin. For this reason, be sure to dilute the oil in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, rose hip oil, or jojoba oil before application.

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        Lydia Workman 

        8 months ago from Canada

        I have been looking at some essential oils which are considered food grade. We don't always think of adding essential oils to cooking, but I went to a doterra party with appetizers were made with essential oil in the ingredients. The cheaper brands probably aren't good for this. With orange essential oil I have read that you can use it in a gargle instead of using a diffuser. I suppose this would probably be best with the more costly food grade oils.

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        Marian Simone 

        2 years ago from Stoney Creek, Ontario

        Thanks for bringing more awareness to the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy!

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        healthmunsta 

        5 years ago

        Hi Craig, it is generally recommended that you do not ingest essential oils. Ingesting a tablespoon may even cause instant death. To put this in perspective, consider this: it takes 1000 oranges to make just 2 pounds of orange oil.

        However, you many dilute orange oil in water, or milk to ingest it for internal benefits. Just remember, a drop of orange essential oil goes a long way. Start of with small doses. If taken correctly, you can enjoy numerous benefits of this refreshing essential oil.

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        craig 

        5 years ago

        Hey this was an awesome article. I have a question, though: Can orange oil be used as a tonic in warm water? Thanks.

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