Sweet orange oil has a sweet, fresh and tangy smell, is yellow to orange in color and watery in viscosity.
This evergreen tree has dark green leaves and white flowers and bright orange round fruit with roughish skin. The trees are native to China, but are now cultivated extensively in America.
Orange oil is used for flavoring of food, drink and confectionery. It is also added to furniture polish, which helps to protect against damage from insects.
Orange oil is extracted from the orange peel by cold-pressing.
The therapeutic properties of orange oil are antiseptic, anti-depressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, diuretic, cholagogue, sedative and tonic.
The main chemical components of orange oil are a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, citronellal, neral and geranial.
It is a safe non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil, yet care should be taken in using. It should not be applied before going out into sunlight for long periods of time.
It is a bright and cheery oil, and brings happiness and warmth to the mind while it helps people relax. It helps children to sleep at night. Orange oil can be used effectively on the immune system, as well as for colds and flu and to eliminate toxins from the body. Makes a comforting chest rub at night.
It is a good diuretic and is most useful in balancing water retention and obesity. Its lymphatic stimulant action further helps to balance water processes, detoxification, aiding the immune system and general well-being.
For the digestive system, orange oil can help with constipation, and dyspepsia. It is also useful in cases of nervous tension and stress.
- Vapor therapy
- In vapor therapy, orange oil can help with colds and flu, nervous tension and stress and helps to create a feeling of happiness and warmth, while helping children fall asleep at night.
- Blended massage oil and in a bath
- As a blended massage oil or added to a bath, it assists with colds and flu, eliminates toxins, boost the lymphatic and immune system and helps ease nervous tension and stress.
- Cream or lotion
- When used in a cream or lotion it also assists the lymphatic system, helping to detoxify a congested skin and although it is a good general skin tonic, it is great for older more mature skin, dealing with dermatitis, as well as acne and soothing a dry irritated skin. The general tonic action seems to stem from the action it has on supporting collagen formation in the skin, which is required for a healthy, young-looking skin.
- Air Freshener
- Spray generously into the air in bath, kitchen, bedroom, etc., for immediate restoration of freshness.