The Citrus sinensis (orange) belongs to the Rutaceae family. The oil is extensively utilized in aromatherapy as it helps soothe tensed muscles and aids as a mood lifter, as well as used as a fragrant lotion or cream when blended with carrier oil. Adding as flavoring to beverages, sweet meats, chocolates, biscuits, confectionery and baked goods are ways orange oil is used. You can also industrially use it as a concentrate for room fresheners and deodorants. It has an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antidepressant, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that provide a lot of benefits to your health.
Orange oil can be used as a tonic to help curb inflammation in the body by reducing pain and irritation. There is a carminative property that helps expel intestinal gas that induces chest pains and indigestion, by relaxing the stomach and anal muscles. Orange oil is also believed by organic nutritionists to help treat muscular and nervous spasms. It aids in relieving anxiety, anger and depression in aromatherapy and is beneficial in promoting a healthy wellbeing as it detoxifies your body and boosts your immunity.
Improving digestion and relieving constipation are benefits of the orange oil. It is found to inhibit angiogenesis, metastasis and cell death in human colon cancer cells, according to a study. The oil from blood oranges may offer great potential for prevention of cancer. Try it for nourishing dry, irritated and acne-prone skin when mixed with carrier oil, and a treatment for calluses on your feet when used as a cream or ointment.
Orange oil can be used as massage oil on various areas of the body. Add a few drops of the oil to a warm bath or body wash, but be careful to use it with carrier oil as it can irritate the skin. If you use it topically, be sure to stay out of the sun for at least 12 hours.
It works great as a room freshener when you mix it with water in a spray bottle and squirt it lightly into the air. Use it in vapor therapy as it immensely helps in relieving tension and stress. The fragrant scent will help to induce sleep in children, especially at night.
The orange oil is normally safe but again, you should avoid sunlight after applying as it may cause phototoxicity. If it is consumed in large amounts, the oil may result in vomiting and nausea. Consult with a professional before using the oil if you’re pregnant, epileptic or have other medical problems.
If you are using the orange oil for therapeutic needs, be sure to dilute it with a base oil or lotion and do not use the essential oil in high concentrations as it may cause dermatitis or skin inflammation.
– Dr Fredda Branyon