Orange essential oil is one of my all time favorite essential oils! I love its sweet citrus smell. Maybe, it is because I was raised in Southern California and we had our very own orange tree in the back yard. I don’t remember the fruit from that tree being particularly sweet but oranges were definitely my snack of choice when I was growing up. My wife thinks I was crazy but I would even eat the white pulp off the orange peel.
Orange Oil Uses
Orange oil is easy to use and doesn’t have to be diluted with a carrier oil like coconut oil before applying it. This particular essential oil has many varied uses for both personal application and for around the house.
I use orange essential oil on a regular basis to help clear up the congestion in my nose and sinuses. I apply it around my nose at night before I go to bed. If I wake up congested I will apply it again before I start my day. I have tried lemon essential oil for the same purpose but it is a stronger oil and feels like it is burning my skin.
I also add a few drops of orange essential oil to a couple cups of water along with a squirt of Dr. Woods Melaleuca Castille Soap. It makes a good cleaner for the bathroom. It is also safe to use this solution on the counter tops in the kitchen.
More Orange Oil Uses
Here is a list of some of the common uses of orange essential oil:
- Improves mood
- Insect repellent – Spray insect prone areas of your kitchen or add a few drops to a cotton ball and place in your pantry or food shelf
- Use on canker sores
- Use orange oil in an aromatherapy diffuser to freshen larger rooms
- Apply to cellulite to improve circulation
Orange Essential Oil Uses
Add a few drops of orange essential oil to your favorite smoothie. I have tried this and it gives your smoothie a decidedly tangy orange taste. Try this smoothie recipe using orange oil.
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe Bartlett pear
- 4-5 chopped and pitted dates
- 6 or 7 ice cubes
- 2-3 drops of orange essential oil
Add all the ingredients together in your blender and mix until smooth. This recipe makes two 8 oz glasses of delicious and creamy smoothie.
Here is a simple but tasty guacamole recipe using orange oil:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise
- Salt (I prefer Himalayan crystal salt)and Pepper
- 3 drops of orange oil.
Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the meat. Add the mayonnaise and mix until smooth. Salt and pepper to taste. Last, add three drops of orange oil and mix again. It gives the guacamole sauce a light citrus taste and yummy smell. It will also help keep your avocado from turning brown.
In addition, I add 7 drops of orange oil, 7 drops of lemon oil and 7 drops of lavender oil to four ounces of distilled water in a cobalt blue spray bottle. Every night before I go to bed I spray this mixture around the room and on my bed sheets and pillow. It cleans and freshens the air. I make sure I spray some right above my head so I receive the full benefit of this all natural mixture. This solution can also be used in the car or any room that you would like to freshen up.
Where to Apply Orange Essential Oil on a Child?
Parents of young children use orange essential oil to help calm their children in times of stress.
It is suggested you use a roller top applicator and teach your children how to use this oil when they feel stressed or out of sorts.
One parent said that after applying citrus oils to his children they will calm down within seconds or at most a minute after application.
If you want to calm down a hyperactive child or help improve the mood of a somber one apply one or two drops of orange oil to your finger. The oil can then be applied to one of the following areas:
- The back of the child’s neck
- Behind each ear
- On the chest
- The inside of each wrist
- On the bottom of your child’s feet
Please avoid contact with the eyes or sensitive areas of the skin. If a small child accidentally gets essential orange oil in the their mouth have them drink milk or eat a cracker to dilute it.
All of the citrus oils are photo sensitive. It is recommended that you do not expose yourself to sunlight for 12 hours after using orange essential oil.
Orange Essential Oil Research
Following are summaries of studies of the benefits of orange essential oil:
- A Northhampton University study in Great Britain concluded that a blend of orange (Citrus sinensis) and bergamot (Citrus bergamia) essential oils was effective in either weakening or killing two of the most commonly found bacteria found in humans.
- A John Hopkins University study of several essential oils reports that this particular blend of oils was effective in reducing the inflammation of the cells in the upper respiratory system.