After a summer break hiatus – the Essential Oil for Real Life Series is back!
September is here… that means the end of summer fun and back to school. In Houston we still have a month or so more of that hot, hot Texas weather… but the cooler mornings are alluding to the nicer weather on the way. I find these transitional September days need a little pep added to them. With everyone’s schedules revved back to full gear go, early mornings and full afternoons leave me needing a little extra zing – and that’s where Sweet Orange Essential Oil comes in.
Sweet Orange essential oil is an affordable and versatile addition to your aromatherapy tool box. It’s uplifting and cheerful scent makes it one of the most popular essential oils within aromatherapy. From household cleaners to body products you’ll find orange scent works in all kinds of applications. It has anti-inflammatory and pain re-leaving properties. In aromatherapy, Sweet Orange Essential Oil creates a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil:
Sweet Orange Essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, antidepressant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and cholagogue substance.
Uses of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Relieve the pain associated with inflammation
- Promote lactation in new mothers
- Mild antiseptic for cuts and scraps
- Lifts mood, aids in depression
- Mild aphrodisiac properties
- Relaxes spastic muscles
- Diuretic properties can help flush toxins
- Boosts immunity
- Relaxes the mind, lifts the spirit
Popular Aromatherapy Application of Sweet Orange:
Massage Sweet Orange essential oil into your abdomen to relieve gas and constipation
- Help heal a mouth ulcer by rubbing on a drop of Sweet Orange essential oil
Rubbing Sweet Orange on your feet can help reduce calluses
- Freshen a room with a mist made of water and Sweet Orange oil
- To relive a sore throat, gargle with 8oz of warm water with a drop of orange essential oil and a spoonful of salt added.
Characteristics of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
- Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
- Common Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed/Expressed
- Part Typically Used: Citrus Rind (Peel)
- Color: Greenish Orange
- Consistency: Thin
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium – Strong
- Aromatic Description: Citrusy, sweet, reminiscent of orange peels, but more concentrated.
DIY Sweet Orange Aromatherapy Bath Salts Recipe
- 1/3 cup of Epson Salt
- 1/3 cup of non-iodine sea salt
- 1/3 cup baking soda
- 5 drops sweet orange essential oil
Instructions: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and add to a hot bath. Sink in and enjoy the relaxing, uplifting scents of sweet orange.
Blends Well With: Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper, Sandal Wood, and Ylang-Ylang.
Precaution: Sweet Orange essential oil can make you more sensitive to the sun, use caution. If ingested in large quantities, it may result in vomiting and nausea.