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Have you ever cut into the skin of a sweet orange and noticed an oil coming from the peel? By cutting or grinding the sweet orange rind, you are unlocking delightful aromas and flavors that will brighten up your spirits and your recipes. It is almost impossible not to smile when you bite into an orange slice or breathe in the uplifting scent. Orange can change your mood instantly; maybe that's why so many people are using orange essential oil in their bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens.
What Is Orange Essential Oil?
Orange essential oil, cold-pressed from the rinds of oranges, has a juicy aroma reminiscent of the fresh fruit. As an all-natural method for improving immune function and fighting various ailments, this oil has been a popular remedy in folk medicine throughout the Mediterranean, India, and China for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
The benefits of orange essential oil are endless. Throughout history, this oil has been used to treat various conditions including depression, skin infections, and digestive upset. Below we talk about some of the best-known benefits that you can take advantage of. We also included easy ways to incorporate this essential oil into your daily life.
Depression can result in many different symptoms. Often times, people feel hopeless and sad. They may refrain from social events or even being around family, creating isolation. Depression can negatively influence the physical body too. Aches and pains may arise, chronic fatigue or even a lack of focus may result from being depressed.
Essential oils from oranges, however, can help put a smile on your face. This oil acts as an excellent antidepressant inducing a sense of happiness and well-being.
Studies show that people exposed to the aromas of orange essential oils have a reduction in pulse rate. The seemingly magical oil will melt away the stress. So although it brings many people joy, it also has a sedative effect. Orange oil takes away the edge that a tough day may bring us and relieves negative emotions such as anger and frustration.
But being relaxed doesn't have to mean being sleepy. The oil from oranges also stimulates the brain. Although a sense of calmness is evoked, an individual may also experience clarity and focus. Since there are no side effects to inhaling or consuming orange oil, it makes a great substitute for caffeine or anti-anxiety medications.
Cuts, scratches, and scrapes are prone to infection. Cleaning a wound is important. Orange essential oil acts as a powerful antiseptic that inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi to disinfect wounds.
Orange is a citrus that grows in warmer temperatures. You think of sunny skies when oranges come to mind. The phytonutrient in the oil is fueled by the sun, making the oil a match for the common cold and flu that often affects people in colder climates.
Orange essential oils contain a large amount of d-limonene. In the laboratory, d- limonene blocks cancer-forming chemicals and has been shown to kill cancer cells. However, more research is needed to fully understand the effects of d-limonene in humans.
In a study published in the International Journal of Food and Science Technology, orange essential oil stopped the growth of the E. coli bacteria. E. coli is a dangerous bacterium found in contaminated foods. In a person with a compromised immune system, E. coli can even cause death.
Studies have also found orange oil to inhibit the spread of salmonella, another bacteria found in contaminated foods. Salmonella has some serious side effects and using this essential oil as a preventative measure is a smart choice.
Oranges are a mild diuretic. A diuretic increases the production of urine. This helps remove toxins, excess salt, uric acids, and even fat cells. Orange essential oil contains diuretic properties that will reduce enema and lower blood pressure. This simple quality makes it an excellent solution to improve heart health.
Orange Essential Oil: Uses
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it is easy to see that orange essential oil can have many uses. Its ability to lift moods, alone, makes it a great air freshener. By adding 10 to 15 drops of orange essential oil in a medium sized diffuser, you can have the home or office smelling like a sunny grove. The aromas of orange essential oil will ease any tensions and create a relaxed and uplifting atmosphere.
Orange oil makes a wonderful all-purpose spray cleaner for general use around your home. It is chemical free and effective in combating germs and even grease. That tough layer of cooking oil that gets on the kitchen counters or stovetop is easy to clean with orange essential oil.
To make the spray cleaner, fill a spray bottle with water and add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 15 drops of orange oil. Place the spray top back on the bottle and shake it well before each use.
You can also add a few drops of orange essential oil straight into the washing machine. This will help give your linens an extra boost of freshness. Or, simply spray your sheets, towels, and clothes with a burst of witch hazel and orange essential oils. Even clothes that were left in the attic or basement will be restored with the aromas of a citrus. To do so, combine 8 to10 drops with distilled water or witch hazel in a small spray bottle and spritz where needed.
There is no need to make a separate spray for the ants. The linen spray will work fine. It is one of the best natural insect repellants. We also love the fact that it is safe for children and pets.
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A pure and organic orange essential oil is safe to ingest. It is crucial that you do not use a product that has synthetics mixed in. Most companies will add synthetics or other ingredients to cheapen the product. However, since oranges are abundant, cold pressing the peels is not an expensive process, making orange essential oil affordable for everyone.
Adding a few drops to your water 2 to 3 times a day is a sure way to boost the immune system. If you like juicing or smoothies, you can also add the orange essential oil to those too. Since it has a pleasant taste, you can't really go overboard. However, if you are new to essential oils, you may be surprised at how potent one drop is, so start off with a few drops and increase it to your liking.
Since orange oil has a diuretic effect, it is an excellent addition to any detox. It may not be your initial plan to use orange essential oil but after a few weeks, you will definitely begin to notice a lighter feeling in the body, mind and even spirits. The diuretic and detox effect just might help you shed off a few pounds too.
Natural Mouth Wash and Gum Protector
Orange essential oil can fight bacterial growth and help to protect your gums from infections. You can easily add a few drops of the oil to your favorite toothpaste. Place a small amount of paste in a bowl, add a drop or two of oil and stir. Dip your toothbrush into the new healing paste and you are ready to go.
You may want to create your own homemade toothpaste recipe. Adding it into baking soda works great for an occasional brushing and gum cleanser. You may not want to use baking soda daily as it can reduce enamel on teeth if used too often.
Adding a few drops of orange essential oil to water and gargling will also reduce germs in the mouth. The citrus flavor is easy to handle as opposed to harsh mouthwash with synthetics.
This water and oil solution also make a great remedy for a sore throat. It will fight the infection plus give your mouth a vibrant healthy feel.
Orange oil has been shown to fight bacteria that cause breakouts. Remember a little oil goes a long way, so use a small amount combined with a carrier oil. We like jojoba, but you may have your own favorites like grapeseed or coconut. Dip a cotton ball in the oil mix and dab it on the affected areas. Blemishes will disappear and you will see a reduction in swelling and redness. Orange essential oil is safe but sensitive to sunlight, We suggest you use this remedy at night before bed.
Making orange essential oil part of your daily routine is easy. Add it to your morning water for a great pick-me-up. After breakfast, wipe down the counters with an orange oil spray to clean, disinfect and get rid of grease. It will even help to keep the ants away. Adding a spritz to your wardrobe before you head out will lift your confidence and mood.
When everyone at the office or daycare is coming down with a winter cold, give yourself an immunity boost with orange oil. Before long, it will be your favorite essential oil and you will want to share it with others. Orange essential oil makes a great gift for the school teacher, co-worker, and your favorite bank teller. It's a great way to keep everyone happy and healthy.