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Orange - Citrus Sinensis- Citrus

Blending Note: Top

Main Benefits: Diffusing, Refreshing Uplifting yet Calming, 

Properties: Solvent, Stimulant, Tonic

Origin: South Africa

Other Producers: East Africa, Middle East.

Short History:

In the early 1900’s the perfumery industry used vast quantities of this oil in fragrance formulations for soaps, detergents, toiletries and perfumes. However, over the years sweet orange has been replaced in these kinds of products by synthetics, as have most other citrus oils. Oranges are among the oldest cultivated fruit and were mentioned in ancient Chinese literature as long ago as 2400 BC. By around 800 AD Arab traders had introduced oranges into eastern Africa and the Middle East where they were distributed via established trade routes. During the 15th century the sweet orange was introduced into the forest regions of West Africa and Europe by Portuguese travelers who brought them back from Macao, China. The fruit proved very popular and orange groves were soon established to meet demand. In 1493, Christopher Columbus set sail on his second expedition to discover the New World carrying sweet orange seeds along with him, eventually reaching Haiti and the Caribbean. The Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon is credited with introducing the fruit to Florida in 1513. By the 16th century the sweet orange had reached England.

About Orange:

Sweet orange oil is a top note that blends nicely with many essential oils including cedarwood atlas & virginian, cardamom, cinnamon, clary sage, clove bud, coriander, clove, frankincense, geranium, ginger, jasmine, lavender, nutmeg, rosemary, sandalwood and all other citrus oils. Orange essential oil is extracted by cold Press or Express. The peel is used for extraction. The colour of the oil is greenish yellow and the consistency thin. The aroma is citrusy, sweet, reminiscent of orange peels, but more concentrated and the strength is medium to strong. With its versatility, affordability and wonderfully uplifting aroma, Orange Oil is one of the most popular of essential oils within aromatherapy. The aroma of Orange Oil is cheerful and helps to improve the aroma of a stale-smelling or smoky room. (Lemon is even better for diffusing in smoky rooms).

Orange Oil has become a popular ingredient within a wide assortment of natural (and some not-so-natural) household cleaning products. I often add a few drops when I clean the floor, but I always recommend being careful when trying essential oils on surfaces for the first time, and only use a few drops. Some people can't tolerate citrus essential oils (or are even allergic), so be prudent when diffusing Orange Oil around others, but overall, Sweet Orange Oil is a winner with children and adults alike. Orange oil is also known to be useful to control, but not exterminate Drywood termites. The solvent properties will generally kill the termites that come into contact with orange oil.

Medicinal Uses:

Colds, constipation, dull skin, flatulence, flatulence, flu, gums, mouth, slow digestion, stress, Oedema, Cellulite, Congestion of the Liver.

Other Uses:

Cleanser, Room Freshener, Pest Control, Insect Repellent, Massage, Tea, Bath Blends