Ways to Use Orange Essential Oil

Updated on December 27, 2018
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Lydia Workman has studied herbalism as a student of the occult. She wrote and edited the Wiccan Church of Canada's newsletter in the past.

Oranges For Good Luck

Orange essential oil may bring about a change in your fortune! In Chinese culture, it is believed that this familiar citrus fruit brings good luck. The Chinese discovered oranges centuries ago. They are in abundance in Chinese households and shops around the Chinese New Year. Mandarin oranges are considered especially auspicious because the name for them in Chinese sounds similar to their word for gold. Having Mandarin oranges in the home on Chinese New Year is thought to bring wealth into your life. They were first cultivated in China around 2500 BC.

In the olden days, oranges were a rare treat reserved for the wealthy in Victorian society, but they have become one of the most commonly consumed fruits today. It used to be hard to get these delicious citrus fruits. Thanks to mass transportation we can easily have them imported from places like Florida or South America at virtually any time. In 1520, they were first introduced to Europe by Portuguese explorers.

Oranges are shaped like the sun and remind us of the warm sunny places where they are grown. This uplifting fragrance can be quite inexpensive as it is not very hard to produce. The essential oil is obtained by cold compression of the peels. Orange essential oil should be used up a little faster than some other essential oils. Citrus oils tend to have a shorter shelf life. It lasts for about six months.


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Orange Essential Oil is Mood Lifting

This pleasant scent can create a happy mood. Nothing seems brighter than the scent of orange. In the cold days of winter, this smell may conjure up pictures of warmer climates. It gives us a taste of summer thoughts when we are knee deep in the snow.

This essential oil is good at helping us reduce our pulse rate. This can enhance our ability to relax. As a sedative, it helps alleviate feelings of anger and anxiety. It is also a great essential oil to use in aromatherapy when we are suffering from phobias. It helps us release our fears. What could be more comforting than the familiar scent of a popular fruit? Rubbing your skin with orange essential oil can be an uplifting experience. Just be sure to not wear this oil out in direct sunlight as it may make your skin photosensitive.

Cortisol is a stress hormone. This hormone can adversely affect your health if it's production is not consistent. If you are prone to stress, your body may be producing too much cortisol. Inhaling this oil directly from the bottle can help us cope with frustrating periods of our life. Just carry the bottle around with you to help yourself relax. Orange essential oil has been scientifically proven to lower cortisol levels.

Children can be aided with the oil in a diffuser at night. It helps lull them into a deep sleep. For busy mothers, it can be a nice and relaxing part of a bedtime ritual. The fragrance makes story time peaceful and relaxing. You can also mix orange essential oil with water in a spritzer bottle to spray on your linens. This calming and peaceful scent is most certain to induce the sweetest of dreams.


Aphrodisiac Qualities of Neroli

Everybody loves the idea of having a fulfilling sex life, but many things may cause us to have a lower sex drive. Using essential oils to improve your sex life is something many of us may have never thought of doing. Scent can definitely put people in the mood for love. Orange essential oil is said to have some mild results as an aphrodisiac.

Neroli is a variety of orange essential oil made from the orange blossoms which is particularly thought to get us in an amorous mood. It has long been associated with getting people interested in some romance. It has been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years in numerous cultures. You may wish to try it out to increase your libido. It helps reduce the anxiety which may make some people feel sexually inhibited.

Oil massage is a great way to connect with your partner. Having a body massage with your lover may help you become intimate while the scent works its magic powers. If you desire to become more comfortable with your own body, you may want to try giving yourself a massage. This will help boost sexual self-confidence, and the oil itself will help beautify your skin making you feel attractive enough to be a love magnet.


Health Benefits of Orange

Orange essential oil helps us gain a healthy immune system. The most active ingredients are limonene and myrcene. Limonene is a strong antioxidant. Many citrus oils may help prevent the formation of tumours which makes them valuable in fighting cancer.

Rub orange essential oil on your belly to aid with fixing up stomach complaints. It is also a carminative which means that it can help remove excess gas in the intestines. It relaxes the abdomen and anal muscles.

What else can it be used for?

  • Orange essential oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It can provide relief from inflammation and increase circulation.
  • It helps flush toxins out of the system and promotes urination. Diuretics can contribute to fat loss.
  • The antiseptic qualities can help with disinfecting wounds. Bacteria causes wounds to become septic. Orange essential oil helps eliminate chances of fungal infections and tetanus. It inhibits microbial growth.
  • As a cholagogue, it promotes secretions.


Anti-Aging and Skin Care

Orange essential oil can be used on the skin. It is an essential oil which helps with cellular regeneration and lifts wrinkles. Add a few drops of this essential oil to your regular cream. If you're in need of Vitamin C, orange essential oil is a strong concentration of this important vitamin. It is nourishing to our face and cures acne.

It is an essential oil which we do not want to wear in direct sunlight due to it being something which makes the skin photosensitive. Avoid exposure to sunlight for 12 hours after using. It's best to use at night time or on a part of the skin that won't be exposed to the sun.

What does orange essential oil do for our skin?

  • The healing powers of oranges are potent when it is in an essential oil which makes it great for our skin. Anti-aging is about cellular regeneration which is a healing process.
  • It helps us with collagen production.
  • It improves blood flow which helps skin look healthier.


  • Can cause photo-sensitivity. to sunlight within 12 hours of usage.
  • Keep oil out of your ears, nose, and eyes.
  • Orange is a safe essential oil to use on children.
  • Do not use internally.
  • Usually a gentle oil which is good to use on sensitive skin, but it is good to test it out on a patch of your skin first.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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    • techygran profile image

      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Nicely writen article, Lydia. I love orange essential oil, but keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder and for listing some benefits that I didn't know about!

    • Natalie Frank profile image

      Natalie Frank 

      2 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I have specific scents that signal different seasons for me. Orange essential oil is my go to scent for summertime. It makes me feel upbeat and energetic. It has such a clean scent - I love having it in diffusers and other oil holders around the house when it's hot and sticky out. I add a few drops to my melting wax which smells divine. Thanks for the article.

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      Darla Sue Dollman 

      2 years ago from Greeley, Colorado

      A friend gave me some blood orange essential oil recently. Is this the same?

    • Zola Mars profile imageAUTHOR

      Lydia Workman 

      2 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for the positive comment, Larry Rankin. I appreciate you taking the time to read my article!

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great read!


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