Orange Oil

Orange oil

What is Orange oil?

Easily among the most cultivated tree in the world (some say it is), the orange tree is an evergreen tree originating from Asia, the orange has become a staple in world cultivation, and nutrition. It has a longstanding place in Chinese medicine. It is also one of the most useful, and affordable of essential oils, covering practically all aspects of home and body sanitation while giving a firm hand in culinary endeavors. So, you definitely want to have this one in the medicine cabinet, and it won't set you back so much (no excuses, it’s a must-have!). The orange oil of this all-purpose plant is extracted through cold pressing of the rinds of the fruit.

Properties

With the color a dark-yellow or orange/yellow hue, this oil has a fresh sweet-fruity fragrance. It is dominantly composed of the monoterpenoid limonene, which is a very powerful antioxidant (among its other properties). Other compounds in the oil are myrcene, linalool, geraniol, citronellal, alpha-pinene, and sabinene, among others. The oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, tonic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti-depressant, sedative, carminative, astringent, and diuretic properties, among others. Let's check out some of the refreshing benefits of this all-purpose oil.

Precaution

  • Keep out of the reach of infants.
  • Recommended to carry out a skin test before use, to avoid irritation and skin sensitivity.

Benefits

Anti-aging

If it was an essential oil flowing out from the fountain of youth, it'll probably be orange oil. This oil has the perfect blend of properties that will leave you cherished skin feeling and looking like you unlocked the secret to eternal youth; with its mix of antibacterial, antioxidant and astringent properties, you get a full body cleanse, tone and rejuvenation that will make your skin look timelessly fresh, spotless, wrinkle-free, smooth, and radiant.

Antioxidative properties

The antioxidative properties of the orange oil are amongst the strongest in the essential oil circle, because of its abundance of limonene. It efficiently and effectively fights oxidative stress and free radicals that cause damage to body cells, skin, and cause cell mutation.

Cures cancer

Orange oil is being studied further as a solution to fighting cancer due to the anti-tumor effects brought about by its anti-oxidant properties.

Cures Headaches

Headaches and other niggles are a common occurrence once we reach the age of shouldering responsibilities and balancing the different facets of adult everyday life. Thankfully we have orange oil to bring us the best of its anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve stress, aches, pains, and headaches, resulting from the wear-and-tear of everyday life. Orange oil is actually the best among essential oils, in anti-inflammatory effectiveness.

Anti-bacterial properties

Orange oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, meaning infections such as acne, eczema, ringworm, cough, psoriasis etc. Are no longer going to be much of a problem.

Oral care

Oral health also gets a mega boost from this oil. Its anti-bacterial and fungicide properties make for an excellent mouth cleansing and protective agent and can be used in homemade mouthwash solutions.

Good vibes

Research reports on orange oil as a therapeutic oil describing it "uplifting" and "calming". The oil is a mood booster, quickly leaving you feeling hopeful, enthusiastic, and energized for each day.

Time for love

Orange oil is also known as an aphrodisiac. As a booster of overall body circulation, the oil has blood-dialing properties that can help increase libido.

Sedative

With strong sedative properties, orange oil will help you unwind after a day's exertions, and will ultimately take you to that peaceful, revitalizing place in your mind with a good sleep.

Digestion

Orange oil is rich in carminative properties which help with your digestion issues caused by the excess gas build up in the intestines.

Side effects

Orange oil is photo-toxic and will go from yin to yang in an instant if you do not take the necessary precautions when exposing yourself to sunlight after topical (skin) application. Usually, a safety minimum of 12 hours needs to pass before exposing yourself to sunlight after application. Excess ingestion of the oil could lead to nausea, vomiting and appetite loss.