Orange essential oil: properties and uses

Orange essential oil: properties and uses

L’essential oil of orange (sweet) is extracted from the rind of the fruit (sweet citrus) and is known and appreciated for his cosmetic and aromatherapy properties and for i benefits that it brings. There are those who use it to lose weightthose to take advantage of the astringent and purifying properties and those to enjoy the sensation of well-being e relax that offers.

What is orange essential oil for?? Great for carrying out massages lymphatic drainage and decontracting, let’s deepen the usi of the natural product.

What is Orange Essential Oil

Essential oils are concentrated oils derived from plants and, in some cases, from fruits, especially citrus fruits. This is the case of orange essential oil. This is extracted from the sweet orange peel through cold pressing, which simply uses pressure on the skins (sometimes even leaves and / or flowers) to obtain the oil.

A mention deserves the citrus sinensis, the orange in fact, tree of Chinese origin belonging to the Rutaceae family. Widely cultivated in Sicily, but also in Campania and Calabria, it reaches 10-12 meters in height, and 4-5 meters in diameter, relative to its foliage.

Its flowers, (known as zagare), are white and characterized by an intoxicating scent: they bloom in early spring. The fruits, on the other hand, ripen from November to May.

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Sweet orange essential oil

The essential oil of orange is distinguished in sweet and bitter. The first comes from the just in-depth citrus sinensis, the common orange tree which is characterized, compared to the next, for its sour taste, but also tending to sweet.

Bitter orange essential oil

It is always a 100% pure and natural essential oil obtained by cold pressing the orange peel. But, in this case, it is derived from the orange citrusfrombitter orange. This is also a fruit tree belonging to the citrus genus, but it is an ancient hybrid, probably between the pomelo and the mandarin.

Homemade orange essential oil

How orange essential oil is made? If you want to try your hand at home, below recipe and the procedure to follow.

  1. Collect the orange peels and dry them in the open air, preferably in a sunny place in the house.
  2. Cut the dried peel into small pieces and dip it in vodka or any alcohol with high alcohol content. Be careful to shake the container several times a day.
  3. After a week, or even more, filter the skins and squeeze the remaining alcohol soaked in them.
  4. Leave to rest for a couple of days so that the alcohol evaporates, then store in a glass bottle in a cool place.
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Orange essential oil: properties and benefits

As well as all citrus fruits, even orange and in particular both bitter and sweet orange oil, boasts numerous property and as many benefits. Its main components are the limonene (powerful antioxidant), the mircenel’alfa pinene.

And again mircenolinalol, citral, farnesol and geraniol. This composition makes orange essential oil an excellent ally for skin care and in the field of cosmetics. It also has an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, sedative effect on the nervous system.

At the level of the stomach it acts as digestive; finally, it is a fungicide and has a hypotensive function.

Antiseptic and antibacterial properties

It has the ability to inhibit bacteria and can also prevent the growth of fungi that can cause food spoilage. Avoid infections as it inhibits microbial growth e disinfects wounds.

Sedative properties

Bitter orange essential oil, as in the case of lavender oil, is known for its sedative and soothing properties of the nervous system. In aromatherapy with essential oil of orange the symptoms of anxiety and depression are treated.

Digestive properties

Ha digestive and spasmolytic properties. It acts beneficially in case of difficult digestion and is useful in the prevention of intestinal bloating and constipation.


Provides quick relief in case of inflammation, both internal and external. It is useful for reducing the inflammation associated with eczema and psoriasis, but not used neat on the skin.

Makes you lose weight

Bitter orange essential oil for weight loss? Of course, its secret lies in synephrinea stimulating and slimming substance that promotes the melting of fats and stimulates the basal metabolic rate.

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Sweet orange essential oil, cosmetic properties

Sweet orange essential oil is also known for its cosmetic properties: acts as a skin tonic and is useful against dull skin, stretch marks and cellulite. But not only: it is appreciated by those who want to fight the first signs of expression on the face and for those who want to keep their hair healthy.


It fights the signs of aging such as wrinkles or dark spots on the skin thanks to the fact that it stimulates the production of collagen. It also boasts power antioxidantthanks to which it is able to protect the skin from sun damage and pollution.


L’sweet orange essential oil on the hair it is a cure-all. One of its main properties is theelimination of toxins not only from the skin, but also from the scalp. You can add a few drops to the shampoo.

To give shine to the hair, however, mix two tablespoons of honey, 10 drops of orange oil and enough water to obtain a hair mask to keep on for at least two minutes before rinsing.

How to use orange essential oil

The essential oil of orange is characterized by a great variety of usi. For example, it has the ability to:

  • Improve the mood: Simply put it in the diffuser both at home and in the workplace to benefit from a mood improvement
  • Reduce Stress: in this case you can pour a few drops in the water before taking a hot bath, or a few drops in the diffuser
  • Treat acne and other skin conditions: fights wrinkles and facilitates cell turnover. Diluted in a carrier oil or in a face or body cream, it should be massaged until absorbed
  • Against gingivitis and / or canker sores: just rinse with 2 drops of bitter orange essential oil poured into a glass of warm water
  • Reduce pain or inflammation: internal use
  • Relieve the stomach ache: it can be swallowed or used locally to massage the painful area
  • Be exploited like natural household cleaner: combined with water before mopping or dipping a cloth or sponge
  • Be used as massage oil: poured on the affected area, it should be massaged for a long time
  • Natural perfumer (also in the cosmetic industry)
  • Food and drink flavoring: just add a few drops to the dishes. It goes well with chocolate, marinated fish, salad dressing and much more.
  • Against cellulite: just dissolve 4 tablespoons of sea salt and 7 drops of bitter orange essential oil in the bath water before going to bed.
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Orange essential oil, uses

The main uses of orange essential oil can be grouped as follows:

  • A few drops of orange essential oil poured into a diffuser, evaporating thanks to the heat, allows its scent to spread throughout the room.
  • Spray: by adding orange essential oil to the water, with or without the addition of a dispersing agent, an excellent spray can be obtained with different uses.
  • Massage Oil: Can be used topically to relieve pain or inflammation. Just dilute it in coconut or jojoba oil and proceed with the massage.


Like all essential oils, this too should not be applied neat directly to the skin as it has the potential to cause one skin reaction. It is advisable to carry out a test, after having diluted it, in an inner area of ​​the arm. It is not recommended to use old or oxidized orange essential oil and to expose yourself to the sun’s rays after using it on the skin.


  • do not let it come into contact with your eyes
  • keep it out of the reach of children
  • keep it away from pets

To be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding: essential oils are all contraindicated during this delicate period of a woman’s life in which there are never too many precautions. Citrus essential oils are more prone tooxidation. To avoid fluctuations in their temperature, leave them in a cool place at a constant temperature between 5 and 10 ° C.

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