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ORANGE ~ Therapeutic Essential Oil Versatile Healing Applications

bottle of therapeutic orange essential oil with fresh oranges

Note: Grapefruit therapeutic grade essential oil contains the highest level of limonene: at 95.12%!

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From the Essential Oils Desk Reference, 3rd Edition:

Orange Oil (Citrus sinensis)

Botanical Family: Rutaceae (citrus)

Plant Origin: USA, South Africa, Italy, China

Extraction Method: Cold pressed from rind.

Key Constituents:

Limonene (85-96%), Myrcene (0.5-3%)

ORAC: 1,890 µTE/100g

Medical Properties: Antitumoral, relaxant, anticoagulant, circulatory stimulant. Rich in limonene, which has been extensively studied for its ability to combat tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies.

USES: Arteriosclerosis, hypertension, cancer, insomnia, and complexion (dull and oily), fluid retention, and wrinkles.

Fragrant Influence: Uplifting and antidepressant. A 1995 Mie University study found that citrus fragrances boosted immunity, induced relaxation, and reduced depression.

Application: Dilute 1 part EO with 1 part VO; (1) apply 2-4 drops on location, (2) chakras/vitaflex points, (3) directly inhale, (4) diffuse, or (5) take as dietary supplement (see Appendices E and T).Cautions: Avoid applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight or UV light within 24 hours.

Found In: Abundance, Christmas Spirit, Citrus Fresh, Envision, Harmony, Inner Child, Into The Future, Peace & Calming, and SARA.

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Possible uses for orange oil:

Orange essential oil for your body:

  • * Aids digestion and detoxifies your system
  • * Eases constipation
  • * Relieves water retention
  • * Stimulates your adrenals
  • * Promotes circulation
  • * Combats cellulite
  • * Increases your absorption of vitamin C
  • * Supports your immunity to fight colds and flu
  • * Strengthens and rejuvenates your skin

Orange essential oil for your mind:

  • * Reduces stress, nervousness and tension
  • * Energizes and fights lethargy and fatigue
  • * Treats depression during menopause
  • * Induces sleep when combined with lavender
  • * Promotes creative thinking
  • * Moves energy out of your head and into your heart
  • * Encourages right brain functioning

Orange essential oil for your home:

  • * Cleans and disinfects
  • * Removes stains, especially from counter tops
  • * Is an effective degreaser


The health benefits of Orange Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like anti inflammatory, anti depressant, anti spasmodic, anti septic, aphrodisiac, carminative, diuretic, tonic, sedative and cholagogue.
This essential oil is obtained from the peels of orange by cold compression.

The main components of this oil are Alpha Pinene, Citronellal, Geranial, Sabinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Neral.

Versatile Medicinal Healing Applications

* Anti Inflammatory: It gives quick and effective relief from inflammations, internal or external and caused by any reason such as over intake of spices, fever, infections, side effects of antibiotics, gas, ingestion of toxic substances, narcotics etc.
* Anti Depressant: The very smell of it reminds you of the happy moments and brings happy thoughts to mind. That is why it is very much used in aromatherapy. This gives a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter.
* Anti Spasmodic: Spasm can give rise to a lot of problems such as continuous coughs, convulsions, cramps in muscles and extreme diarrhea. To avoid them, spasm must be cured early. This can be done with the help of Orange Essential Oil which relaxes the muscular and nervous spasm and gives relief from the problems discussed above.
* Aphrodisiac: It has mild aphrodisiac properties, if not strong. Systematic and regular use can cure problems such as frigidity, erectile problems, impotence, loss of interest in sex etc.
* Anti Septic: Wherever there is a cut or abrasion, there is the fear of the wound getting septic bacterial infection. More so when it is from an iron object. The worry is doubled as there remains a chance of it might getting infected by tetanus germs. Essential Oil of Orange might help us avoid both septic and tetanus as it inhibits microbial growth and disinfects the wounds.
* Carminative: Being a carminative means being an agent that helps removal of gases from the intestines. Gas, forming in intestines and pushing upwards, can be very troublesome. Gas, being lighter, moves upwards and punches the internal organs, gives chest pains, indigestion and uneasiness, raises blood pressure, can risk your heart and gives acute stomach aches. Essential Oil of Orange can help you a lot in this respect. It relaxes the abdominal and anal muscles and let the gases escape. Further, it does not let gases form too. Orange Oil is very good for those who are suffering from chronic gas trouble.
* Diuretic: You got rid of gases. Now it’s your turn to get rid of the toxins. Again, the remedy is the same. The good old Orange Oil can here too. It promotes urination to make the toxins like uric acid, bile, excess salts, pollutants and excess water thrown out of the body with urine. Urination increases appetite and promotes digestion. It contributes towards losing fats and is good for the heart too.
* Tonic: The relation of a tonic to the body is quite similar to overhauling and servicing to vehicle. A tonic tones up every system functioning in the body, keeps the metabolic system in proper shape, gives strength and boosts immunity.
* Sedative: When you need to cool down after a bad day at the office or suffering from inflammation, you need a sedative to let you relax. The artificial sedatives or drugs available in the market are mostly tranquilizers based on narcotics such as opium and synthetic. These, in the long run, do immense damage to heart and internal organs. Better to follow a natural one like this Orange Oil. It gives relief from anxiety, anger, depression and inflammations.
* Cholagogue: It promotes secretions from all glands, exocrine or endocrine. Thus it is seen to promote menstruations, flow of milk from breasts, digestive juices and bile, hormones and enzymes.
* Other Benefits: It serves as a detoxifier, boosts immunity, treats constipation and dyspepsia and is very good for maintaining a healthy, smooth and glamorous skin. It also helps cure acne and dermatitis.

Safety Cautions:
Bitterness and if ingested in ‘excess quantity’, may cause nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite etc.

SOURCE: Health Benefits of Orange Essential Oil by Aparup Mukherjee


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