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I make an order for a small group of essential oils each year and with my recent order for ylang ylang, peppermint, sandalwood and cinnamon I received a free 5ml bottle of sweet orange. I had not ever used sweet orange essential oil before so thought it would be interesting to try it out. Essential oils contain concentrated quantities of the properties of the plant, fruit, bark or seed from which the oil is extracted. The properties of the different essential oils vary widely and are valued for actions such as anti-inflammatory, astringent, expectorant or sedative.
It is believed the beneficial properties of essential oils are absorbed through inhalation or the skin and enter the the circulatory system and blood stream. In aromatherapy a few drops of essential oil are added to water and then heated in order to produce a vapour. For massage essential oils are blended with a base (carrier) oil such as sweet almond oil or grape seed oil. The essential oil content in a blend is usually between 1-3%. I like to use essential oils in burners for the aromatherapy effect and love the way you can choose a refreshing, calming or uplifting aroma to fill a room in the home. Certain essential oils, such as ylang ylang, I will add to base lotions along with nourishing oils to create luxurious and wonderfully scented lotions ideally suitable to my skin. I have very sensitive skin and suffer from eczema so have to be extremely careful in terms of skin care products, often finding I have to avoid perfumed creams and lotions.
Apparently it takes 50 oranges to produce 1oz of sweet orange essential oil. In aromatherapy sweet orange is reputed to have uplifting and soothing qualities, it is said to benefit the nervous system and relieve stress bringing a sense of warmth and happiness. In massage and skin creams sweet orange essential is believed to improve the condition of dull and oily skin as well as help ease nervous tension.
Sweet orange oil has yellowy, light orange colour and a gentle rich fruity aroma. The consistency is an oily, slightly syrupy liquid. I felt the scent was uplifting in a comforting kind of way, nothing at all like freshly squeezed oranges, more a mellow and warming orange scent.
I added 5 or 6 drops to approximately 2 tablespoons of water in an oil burner and lit the tea light candle. As the liquid warmed there was a lovely orange, fruity aroma which was yes quite calming and uplifting at the same time, but only in a very mild way. As the heat increased the aroma lessened and unlike the other essential oils I use in the oil burner, the scent of sweet orange did not gradually fill the room. I have blended the sweet orange with sandalwood and found this more successful, the orange gave a light and uplifting element to the sandalwood and I found lasted or carried better in the air. With cinnamon as a blend I could hardly detect the orange and as I only have a little 5ml bottle didn't wish to be too extravagant with it.
My next experiment was to add a few drops to a small amount of base lotion and apply to the skin. The white lotion was tinted by the yellow/orange oil immediately and turned into a rich butter-cream colour. The sweet orange aroma remained in the cream for the few days the mixture lasted and I could detect it on my skin after applying the cream. However as I tend towards dry skin rather than oily skin which sweet orange is reputed to benefit this isn't an essential oil I will regularly use in this way. It was gentle on my very sensitive skin and did not irritate in any way.
In conclusion, I found sweet orange essential oil to be a warming and uplifting oil in aroma but only mildly effective when used independently in an oil burner and possibly best blended with other oils. It was suitable for my sensitive skin and mixed well with a base lotion. This is not an essential oil I would purchase but still give it 4/5 stars.
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© Lunaria 2012
As you might have seen from previous reviews I like to have essential oils around the house, another of my favourites is Health Aid Aromatherapy Essential Oil Pure Sweet Orange, like the grapefruit essential oil (previously reviewed) in this range it has a lovely refreshing fragrance to it. This is one of my favourite oils to use as an air freshener purely because of its refreshing and clean smell it gives the house for several hours after using it.
As with the other Health Aid essential oils the packaging is identical consisting of a dark green box with the brand and type of oil written on the front of the box in gold and white writing, there is also the small leaf symbol towards the bottom of the box in a cream colour. The oil itself comes in a small glass bottle with a screw top lid, under this is a small plastic dropper on the end of the bottle, this helps you to measure out the exact amount of the oil you need as it only releases 1 drop of oil at a time meaning you cannot waste any or end up using too much. The oil itself is of the usual consistency of all essential oils and it is yellowy orange in colour as you would expect, it is described as having a shelf life of 6 months, I have not had mine this long yet but I think I would probably still use it after 6 months providing it smelt and look ok.
Where the Oil Comes From
The orange trees originate from China but now a days they are regularly cultivated in American as well, the trees are evergreen with dark leaves and produce white flowers as well as the oranges. The essential oil itself is actually extracted from the peel of the orange rather than the fruit inside. The oil is extracted by cold pressing.
Uses of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
I have 2 main uses for my orange essential oil and to be honest they' re similar to that of the grapefruit oil. Personally I find the orange oil makes a very good room freshener and I therefore use it regularly in my oil burner, I find that just a few drops is plenty to keep the room smelling fresh for hours. The fragrance is not too overpowering but strong enough to be both noticeable and long lasting. I can light my burner with the orange essential oil in it in the lounge and I find that the smell travels throughout the whole house giving it a fresh summery feel. The second way I use my orange essential oil is in the bath, orange oil is good at helping to relieve the symptoms of colds, helps you to relax and in turn sooths muscle aches and pains, I find that a few drops of the oil in the bath creates a lovely relaxing atmosphere and is excellent after a long day at work, the vapours of the oil that are given off really do help you to relax and unwind. These are just the 2 ways in which I use orange essential oil however it has many more uses and benefits like with most essential oils.
Orange essential oil can be very beneficial to the immune system in that it helps to combat colds and flu as well as helping the digestive system, orange oil is excellent at getting rid of toxins within the body and is even said to help with the balancing of water retention and obesity. As well as medical benefits of using orange oil it is also a good aid to relaxation as previously mentioned and is even said to help children to sleep at night. There are so many different ways in which orange essential oil can be used and each use has a different benefit, the way in which it is used determines how it benefits you. Below are a few ways in which orange essential oil can be used and the different ways in which it helps you, I have read that if you are new to using essential oils orange is an excellent place to start as it is very flexible and has many different uses, it also blends well with most other oils therefore meaning you cannot really make a mess of things, to be honest this is true as when I have used my orange oil and then I use something else with a different fragrance the 2 do tend to blend nicely together.
1) Orange oil can be used to help with acne and other blemishes as it is excellent at helping to remove toxins from the body, in this case the skin, simply apply a could of drops of the oil to a cotton bud and then in turn apply this to the blemish, used regularly it will help to fade the eliminate them.
2) As previously mentioned orange essential oil is good at helping with the symptoms of colds and flu, to help with this there are 2 or 3 ways that it can be used, the first is to apply a few drops to a carrier oil such as a baby lotion and apply this direct to your chest area, the second is to apply a few drops to a bowl of very hot water and inhale the vapours, personally Id rather add a few drops to the bath as you get the benefits of inhaling the vapours as well as the oil relaxing and soothing your muscles, the only thing is the vapours are not as intense compared to breathing in the vapours direct from a bowl of water, but that is my personal preference.
3) I did not know this for a long time and actually read it somewhere but orange essential oil can be very good of eczema, simply apply a few drops of the oil to a carrier oil, again something like a baby oil and rub it into the effected area, used regularly and it is said to reduce the inflammation in th effected area, personally I have not tried this but I imagine the combination of the oil and the orange within the oil would work and help to smooth and sooth the area being treated.
4) Again I have briefly mentioned this earlier but another use of orange essential oil is to help relieve joint and muscle pain, this can be done in 2 ways, the first is as I do and add a few drops to a hot bath, however if you wish to just apply the oil to the effected area only add a few drops of oil to a hot compress, for this you would probably need slightly more oil something like 10 drops, and then apply this to the effect area, this will help to relieve the pain and relax the muscle. Personally I find that adding the oil to a hot bath really does work but I have not tried it direct as a hot compress.
5) Its also said that orange essential oil is good at helping relieve constipation and indigestion, I am curious as to how you used the oil for this so after a bit of research I discovered that as with other uses of the oil a few drops needs to be added to a carrier oil and then rubbed into the lower back area, the proportions are 2 to 3 drops of essential oil to one once of carrier oil. Personally I have not tried this and am not too convinced as to how this would work but maybe one to try should I need to in the future.
6) Cellulite is something most people suffer from and orange essential oil is supposed to be good at getting rid of it, again a carried oil is needed (one ounce as before) add to this about 2 or 3 drops of the essential oil and rub into the effected areas, now where I read about this it said "watch you cellulite disappear" I don't think it quite works like this, it takes regular use and whilst it does help to reduce it I'm not convinced that it would eliminate it totally.
There are probably many more uses for orange essential oil as it is an oil which can easily be blended with other oils successfully. Personally I have not often tried blending my orange oil even though a lot of the ones I have are all from the Health Aid brand, I like to smell the orange fragrance alone rather than a combination of fragrances. Orange essential oil really can help to lift your mood and relax you which is why I love the fragrance of it around my home. For me it is an fragrance for all year round despite the cold weather outside.
As with my other Health Aid essential oils I bought the orange version online and it cost me around £4 for a 10ml bottle, not a huge amount of oil for the money but it is very long lasting as you only need a few drops at a time and the dropper on the end of the bottle helps you to accurately measure out the correct amount you need, therefore making it very economical and for me well worth the money.
Overall I would definitely recommend the Health Aid Essential Oil as it has many uses, is long lasting and mainly because of its lovely fresh fragrance which will brighten up any home, the fragrance will linger for hours helping you to relax at the same time. For me this is a must have oil.
Sweet orange essential oil has a cheering and festive fragrance. It is uplifting and perfect for romm fragrancing. If you mix this with a spicey oil (something like ginger, clove, or cinnamon) it creates what I cal a 'Yule Tide'fragrance. This is a lovely one for Christmas and will give your home a real festive atmosphere. This oil is extracted by expression (pressing) from fruit skins. The main producers are West Indies, Israel and United States. The latin name for this tree is Citrus Sinensis (family: Rutaceae) USES: +++++ Excellent for lifting the spirits during the winter, Soothes the body, Warming, 'cheerful' oil which when blended with spicey oils greates a calm, warm, winter atmosphere, Add to a carrier oil for massage when treating digestive disorders, Brightens dull skin, Aids peaceful sleep, Skin conditioner, Good for dry, ageing or mature skins. How to Use: ++++++++++++ If using as a massage oil mix no more than 4 drops of orange oil to 10 mils of carrier. If you use more skin burns may occur. Use no more that 4 drops in a bath as skin reaction may occur. Mixing a couple of drops with you shampoo helps to rid your hair of excess grease. Use in a lotion or face cream on the face to treat your skin. About three drops to 10 mils of cream or lotion should be enough on the face. Use in a diffuser with other oils if you wish. Warning: +++++++ Never exceed the recommended amount and always dilute with carrier oil, cream or lotion before applying to skin. Don't use too much in the bath. Stick to the directions and use a little milk as a carrier.(This stops the bottom of the bath getting slippery.) Don't use during the first three months of pregnancy without a doctors permission. Do not use in direct sunlight as skin reaction is likel
y. Verdict: +++++++ I like this one as a room fragrancer. It is very cheap at £1.79 for 10 mils from Health Rack. It blends very well with ginger and clove oil. This is a bit sweeter than lemon oil so I tend to blend the two together as a room francer. In the bath it is very good blended with neroli oil. You do need to be in the bath for 20 minutes to get the benefit of any essential oil. A couple of drops of this added to your usual shower gel is refreshing and cheering. This is one of my favourite winter oils, along with lemon and ginger.