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Orange essential oil

Orange essential oil information

Orange essential oil information

General Information

Common Name: Orange, Sweet

Scientific Name: Citrus sinensis

Family: Rutaceae

Origin: Native of the region between the Himalayas and south-western China. Israel, Brazil, North America and Australia

Synonyms: Orange oil, Citrus aurantium var. dulcis

Essential Oil Properties and Characteristics

Orange essential oil is a rich yellow-orange to dark-orange-coloured mobile liquid with a sweet, fresh citrus odour, distinctly reminiscent of the odour from a scratched orange peel.

Origin and History

There are numerous varieties of sweet orange such as Navel, Jaffa and Valencia. It is a smaller tree than the bitter orange tree, less hardy and with a few or no spines and the fruits are smaller with a sweet pulp and non-bitter membrane.

Sweet orange is extensively used in food flavouring. The d-limonene serves as an important starting material for the synthesis of l-carvone, an important source of synthetic spearmint flavour. The price of l-carvone from sweet orange oil is usually two-thirds the cost of spearmint.

The therapeutic properties of orange were first recognised in ancient China, where the dried peel had been used for centuries to treat coughs, colds and anorexia.

Method of Extraction

Sweet orange essential oil is cold-pressed from the ripe or almost ripe outer peel of the orange fruit.

Precautions During Use (Contraindications)

Sweet orange oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitising. The oil is not considered to be phototoxic. However, bitter orange oil has a distinct phototoxic effect.

Therapeutic properties

Orange essential oil is a strengthening, refreshing, strengthening and stimulating essential oil. It is uplifting for the emotions and helpful in maintaining a healthy circulatory system and encouraging healthy digestion. Orange essential oil promotes relaxation and is a useful deodorant. It has a fresh, sweet, citrus and tangy aroma.

Orange essential oil blends well with  lemon, clary sagelavenderblack peppercinnamonclove bud, gingerfrankincensesandalwood andvetivert.

Source: Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2003, ISBN 0-6464-2896-9