One of the first essential oils you should probably add to your collection is sweet orange. That’s because it’s so versatile. Health wise, it’s believed to be good for your vital organs as well as your immune system. It also has an intoxicating smell.
Orange Essential Oil Properties
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Sweet orange essential oil has strong anti-bacterial properties. So it can help fight skin infections, including acne. Out of all the aromatics, this one is an excellent emotional balm. It has a balancing effect. During the day, it can provide a quick-pick-me. At night, I often use orange oil to help me sleep. I place a drop or two on a tissue and place it by my pillow. Then I inhale the soothing aroma, and let the natural sedative compounds do their magic.
Sweet orange essential oil is also thought to have anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it’s often used for massaging muscle spasms and arthritic joint pain.
Uses for Orange Essential Oil
When you’re fighting a cold or the flu, it can’t hurt to have some sweet orange essential oil in your medicine cabinet. Aromatherapists believe this oil has immune-stimulating compounds, to help kick a nasty virus to the curb.
Orange oil is also rich in d-limonene, which has anti-cancer properties, when observed in the lab. It’s now the object of scientific studies, exploring whether it can someday be used as a non-toxic cancer treatment. (Essential oils have long been used by traditional medical practitioners around the world to treat a wide range of illnesses, including cancer.) But in no way am I suggesting orange oil can now be used as a cancer treatment. On this site, I like to stress that I’m not a medical professional. So I can’t give advice or promise that any natural remedy will solve a particular health problem.
Essential oils have become extremely popular. There are many companies now selling these highly concentrated plant extracts. So where’s the best place to buy this useful aromatic?
Where to Find Orange Essential Oil
Only rarely do I purchase essential oils from multilevel marketing outfits. However, I do believe both doTerra and Young Living produce excellent products.
Plant Therapy Orange Essential Oil
One of the companies I buy from frequently is Plant Therapy. I often recommend its products because I use them myself. They are of the highest quality, and I’ve never been disappointed. I’m so happy this family-run business is now gaining a reputation as an excellent MLM alternative. It’s corporate mission is to make excellent oils everyone can own. Below you can see the company’s organic sweet orange essential oil.
When purchasing sweet orange essential oil, or other citrus oils, only buy what you need. There are varying opinions as to how long essential oils last, but it seems as if orange, lemon, lime and grapefruit have a shorter shelf life than most aromatics. How long this is probably depends upon the process and how it’s stored. But if you’re new to aromatherapy, buy the smaller size, instead of the larger one.
How to Use Orange Essential Oil
The bottle shown above is 10 ml or one-third of an ounce. It will last a long time because it should be diluted before being applied to the skin. The recommended dilution ration is 1 drop of oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil. Olive, grapeseed or fractionated coconut oil make excellent carriers. These oils make direct application safer. And, as their name suggests, they have a very important function of carrying the healing aromatic compounds directly to your cells.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. People with health concerns should discuss them with a doctor. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils, unless under the direction of a health care professional.
I’m not a healthcare professional, so all of the above statements are my personal opinion, and are not intended as medical advice.