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Essential Oils: 7 Benefits of Orange Oil

Updated on December 6, 2015

Where does Orange Oil come from?

Orange oil is one of the key components extracted from orange peels. Orange oil is extracted from the small glands found on the orange peel. When peeling an orange, you may have noticed tiny sprays of scented liquid bursting out. These are caused by the rupturing of the glands underneath the orange peel.

Orange oil can either be removed by cold pressing or steam distillation. There are many essential oils that are extracted from oranges. Madarin oil, sweet orange oil, petitgrain, neroli, bergamot and bitter orange oil are some of the essential orange oils extorted from the peels.

Did you know that there are many valuable benefits of orange oil? Here are a few of them;

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Benefits of Orange Oil in Everyday Life

1. Beautiful Skin

Being a common constituent of many beauty skin care products, orange oil has many healing properties for example curing cracked and dry skin. Extracted from bitter orange as an essential oil, neroli is known to slow down the process of aging and strengthen sensitive skin. Even acne can be gotten rid of through application of orange oil. Gently rub your skin with orange oil twice a day for glowing radiant skin.

2. Aromatherapy

Orange oil is one of the essential oils used in aromatherapy and massage. It contains a key soothing ingredient linalool that helps relieves tension, stress and creates a peaceful calm atmosphere. Even simply sniffing the scent of orange oil can create a state of peace in your mind. For this reason, orange oil can be used as a tonic to soothe headaches. Simply add a few drops of orange oil to your fingertips and gently massage the temple area for soothing relief.

3. Digestive problems

Orange oil has amazing curative properties for healing various stomach problems, for example; indigestion and bloating. Add a mixture of equal parts essential oils for example lavender or rose wood to orange oil and rub carefully on the skin over the stomach area. This is sure to provide a quick and soothing relief.

Benefits of Orange Oil

Orange oil is beneficial in aromatherapy where it is used to relieve tension from both the mind and the body.
Orange oil is beneficial in aromatherapy where it is used to relieve tension from both the mind and the body.
More Benefits of Orange Oil: Orange oil can be used as a refreshing perfume. Simply dab a small amount to your inner wrists and behind your ears for a clean citrus scent. It's alcohol-free and has much fewer additives than many commercial perfumes.
More Benefits of Orange Oil: Orange oil can be used as a refreshing perfume. Simply dab a small amount to your inner wrists and behind your ears for a clean citrus scent. It's alcohol-free and has much fewer additives than many commercial perfumes.

4. Salmonellosis

Salmonella is a group of bacteria that is contracted by eating foods infected with the bacteria which causes food poisoning. Some of the symptoms include: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, Studies have proven that essential orange oils especially sweet orange oil does have some properties that inhibit the strain of salmonella bacteria from multiplying and affecting other areas.

5. Perfume

You may combine many ingredients of your choice together with orange oil to create a pot pourri. Rubbing orange oil to your skin can give you a scented and refreshing feel. What’s more is that you can apply orange oil onto your skin to keep mosquitoes away when going to a tropical island that’s sure to be infested with flying insects.

6. Cleaning agent

Being a good anti-bacterial and anti-septic agent, sweet orange oil can be added to water in measurable drops and used as a household cleaner. You can make a spritzer by combining clean water, orange oil and Epsom salt. Spritz the mixture over kitchen countertops and table tops and wipe dry with a clean cloth. This is not only very eco-friendly, but also very cheap.

7. Insect repellent

Oranges generally contain an ingredient that wards off insects, ticks, flies and mosquitoes. Dab a piece of cotton wool with orange oil and place it in closets and cupboards to repel moths. You can even rub orange oil to your skin to prevent mosquito bites. If you are suffering from insect bites, using orange oil can take away the itching sensation and cool the area.

Caution when using Orange Oil

Please ensure that you are not allergic to orange oil before rubbing it on your body. Aside from that, orange oil also contains limonene, which may cause irritation to your skin. For this reason, be sure to dilute orange oil in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip oil or jojoba oil before application.

Orange Oil is can be your healthy go-to resource!

Health Benefits of Oranges, Photo by healthmunsta, Image Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.
Health Benefits of Oranges, Photo by healthmunsta, Image Courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net.

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      Lydia Workman 4 months ago from Canada

      I have been looking at some essential oils which are considered food grade. We don't always think of adding essential oils to cooking, but I went to a doterra party with appetizers were made with essential oil in the ingredients. The cheaper brands probably aren't good for this. With orange essential oil I have read that you can use it in a gargle instead of using a diffuser. I suppose this would probably be best with the more costly food grade oils.

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      Marian Simone 2 years ago from Stoney Creek, Ontario

      Thanks for bringing more awareness to the benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy!

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      healthmunsta 4 years ago

      Hi Craig, it is generally recommended that you do not ingest essential oils. Ingesting a tablespoon may even cause instant death. To put this in perspective, consider this: it takes 1000 oranges to make just 2 pounds of orange oil.

      However, you many dilute orange oil in water, or milk to ingest it for internal benefits. Just remember, a drop of orange essential oil goes a long way. Start of with small doses. If taken correctly, you can enjoy numerous benefits of this refreshing essential oil.

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      craig 4 years ago

      Hey this was an awesome article. I have a question, though: Can orange oil be used as a tonic in warm water? Thanks.

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