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History and Origin of Oranges - Orange Oil Benefits

Updated on July 9, 2011

The scientific name of orange tree is citrus sinensis. This is an evergreen tree, which grows 22 to 30 feet in height. Oranges tree is famous all over the world because of medicinal and health benefits of its fruits, oranges, and its flowers, orange blossoms. Also, fresh orange juice extracted out of oranges is the most common juice consumed by millions of people around the world because it contains high levels of vitamins. Orange tree leaf tea is famous for treatment of cold and cough. Moreover, orange oil is famous for its natural indoor pest control properties. Orange essential oil is beneficial in treatment of many types of physical and emotional ailments. The branches of orange tree grow about 3 ft above the ground level. The leaves of orange tree are green in color, sometimes medium, sometimes long with rounded and pointed base. Delicate orange blossom flowers are the famous bridal flowers, which have a special refreshing aroma. These flowers grow in clusters and are also served on top of cupcakes. Fruit of orange tree is a very nutritious containing vitamin A, vitamin B, and high levels of vitamin C.

30 feet in height orange tree
30 feet in height orange tree
Golden Apple or Orange
Golden Apple or Orange

Symbolism and History of Oranges, Scientific Name Citrus Aurantium Dulcis

The word citrus means lemon in Greek while aurantium is the adjective of gold, golden, referring obviously to the color of orange fruit. Orange fruit is probably believed to be the legendary golden apple that Hercules had stolen from the Garden of the Hesperides. Oranges are native to India and China. Since the ancient times, oranges have been used in Chinese medicine to treat colds, coughs, and anorexia. Due to oranges being scarce and expensive until the late 17th century, they were only used for their medical properties in Europe and not for human consumption.

Super fresh oranges
Super fresh oranges
A close up view of mystery orange fruit
A close up view of mystery orange fruit

Distribution and Origin Of Oranges

Orange trees originated from India and China. There are two types of oranges, one is bitter and other is sweet.

The bitter orange tree is used as an ornamental tree and the sweet orange tree containing sweet oranges are used for human consumption.

A rare pic of bitter oranges on tree
A rare pic of bitter oranges on tree
Pure Orange Oil
Pure Orange Oil

Orange Oil Benefits

  • Orange oil for skin: Orange oil restores dry skin. Adding a droplet of orange oil to the cream or carrier oil helps in treatment of acne.
  • Orange oil for termites: Orange oil works against termites but be sure to contact a qualified termite company offering traditional treatment of termites.
  • Orange oil for furniture: Orange oil is used in furniture cleaning due to its anti-grease properties and works better than lemon oil.
  • Orange oil for ants:  Pouring orange oil in ants’ mounds and holes around your home helps in getting rid of ants.
  • Orange oil for scabies: Orange oil contains d-limonene, which helps in killing scabies and works better than lemon juice or lemon oil. Orange oil is used as a home remedy for scabies.
  • Orange oil for cooking: Orange oil is utilized in many homes for cooking and baking providing orange essence.
  • Orange oil for nervous system: Orange oil is beneficial in treatment of depression, irritability, anxiety, sadness, and insomnia with the help of essential orange oil massage, application before bath, and stove aromatherapy.
  • Orange oil for circulatory system: Its helps in treatment of edema and cellulite with help of orange oil massage.
  • Orange oil for digestive system: Treats dyspepsia, indigestion, flatulence, and gastric spasm with the help of massage and warm compresses.
  • Orange oil for excretory system: Relieves constipation, treats diarrhea, and eliminates toxins with orange oil massage and compresses.

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Howard Orange Oil spray is beneficial in breaking down dirt and wax on your wooden furniture. Howard's Orange Oil will not harm the look and appearance of your furniture as it contains natural orange oil and no harmful chemicals. It also cleans wooden cabinets and antique wooden items. After applying Howard's Orange Oil to your furniture, your furniture will smell of fresh oranges and will be much more shining than previously.

Essential aromatherapy orange oil is also used in leave in hair conditioners.
Essential aromatherapy orange oil is also used in leave in hair conditioners.


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    • OregonWino profile image


      6 years ago

      Great hub! Nice work!

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      you suck 

      6 years ago

      need to know how much water is in an orange

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      6 years ago

      Does the usage of orange reduce your weight in human body

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Oranges differ in size because of their natural process. Nature has made them like these and that's why some oranges grow larger than others and some remain small.

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Why the Orange differs in size? We are curious to know. Thanks.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot AARON99.

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      8 years ago

      Another great hub with delicious photographs of oranges. Enjoy.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot FGual for sharing your personal experience with drinking orange juice and information about orange trees in Florida.

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      8 years ago from USA

      Great information here. I enjoy drinking orange juice, and it's good for you. Orange trees grow everywhere in Florida and the caribbean.


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