Organic Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)
Aroma : Sweet orange essential oil has a sweet, zesty and refreshing aroma.
The plant : The orange tree is native to China and India and is now also found throughout the Mediterranean region, Israel and the USA.
The extraction : Sweet orange essential oil is a fruity, tangy oil, extracted from the peel of orange fruits by mechanical cold pressing, to maintain the integrity of the active ingredients and for maximum yield.
Affects : Sweet orange is renowned for uplifting the emotions, calming nervous digestion, and encourages the elimination of toxins by stimulating the lymphatic system. It is used in aromatherapy to promote happiness and warmth and to relieve tiredness and listlessness.
On topical application, sweet orange aids in the absorption of Vitamin C, which is linked to collagen formation and the support of the skin’s natural integrity.
The orange tree was introduced into Europe in the 16 or 17th Century, possibly by the Crusaders.
Historical uses of the orange which are of course maintained today include the food industry, including the making of delicious marmalades, in perfumery and for making Curacao, the popular West Indian liqueur.
Interesting fact : Whilst sweet orange is the oil extracted from the peel, the orange flowers give us neroli and the orange leaves give us petitgrain.
Chemical constituents : Nerol (Alcohol), Citral (Aldehyde), Limonene (Terpene), Methyl anthranilate (Ester).
Blending : Sweet orange essential oil blends well with black pepper, frankincense, geranium, clary sage, coriander, lavender, may chang, rose otto.
Some suggested directions for use
Add 6-10 drops in a bath.
Mix 5 drops with water to use in an oil burner.
Mix 6-10 drops with hot water as an inhalation.
Mix 5 drops per 10ml of carrier oil for massage.
Can be applied direct to skin problem areas (avoid if over-sensitive).
Do not take internally.
Keep away from children and eyes.
It is phototoxic so do not use on skin when going out into the sunlight.
If pregnant or have a medical condition consult your practitioner before use.
If oil gets into eyes splash out with water, seek medical advice if necessary.
If unfamiliar with essential oils seek advice from a practitioner