Invigorate yourself with Orange Essential Oil. It is immensely rich in vitamins and minerals and rejuvenates you by driving out depression and anxiety. It refreshes and gives a sense of calmness to your hectic life.
Orange Essential Oil has anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. Through regular use, it improves your digestion, detoxifies the body and helps in multiple skin ailments. Ongoing research has also shown that Orange Essential Oil even has anti-cancer properties which help the body combat tumor growth.
Orange oil is extracted from Citrus sinensis (also known as Citrus aurantium var. dulcis and C. aurantium var. sinensis) of the Rutaceae family commonly known as Portugal or China orange. It is rich in powerful antioxidant d-limonene which helps in maintaining normal cellular growth.
Primary Benefits of Orange Essential Oil*
- Improves Digestion
- Encourages Detoxification
- Skin Treatment
- Adds flavor to food and drinks
- Effective insect repellent
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
History of Orange Plant
The name of the fruit is presumably derived from the Sanskrit Nāraṅgaḥ and Telugu Naringa, which after moving through different languages finally became orange in English. Orange plant is believed to be a native of Southeast Asia. Different varieties were grown in both the regions of India, which dates back almost 7000 years. Many historians are of the opinion that it was grown in the orchards of China by the beginning of the 1st century. Soon, the nobility grew fond of this delightful fruit, which gave rise to a growing competition among cultivators to produce larger and tastier oranges in order to please them.
Among the Europeans, Romans were the first to taste this juicy fruit. It reached the Roman Empire around the 1st century BC. Persian traders introduced this fruit to the Roman Empire. The Romans developed the first orchard of oranges in North Africa, in around the 1st century AD.
Oranges reached Europe in the 16th century BC, by Portuguese traders, therefore, the name Portugal orange, is used in many Mediterranean languages, probably as a sign of acknowledgment. It was then introduced to America, by Spanish conquistadors’. Today, Brazil is the leading producer of oranges and accounts for almost half of the world’s total production.
Now most of the orange essential oil is produced in France, Italy, Israel, Cyprus and the United States.
Chemistry of Orange
Orange is a rich source of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, folic acid, vitamin B6, flavonoids, pectin and dietary fiber. Besides, it also contains a significant amount of minerals like potassium salt, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, etc. It does not contain harmful cholesterol and fats. It can be of immense help in many ailments like high blood pressure, hardening of arteries, constipation, heart disease and stomach ulcer. Besides, it contains antioxidants, which are effective in protecting the body from harmful free radicals. So, the regular consumption of this nutritious fruit will definitely help you to remain healthy and fit.
The main chemical components of orange oil are a-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, citronellal, neral and geranial.
Orange contains 96% monoterpene which is characteristic of all citrus rind oils. Limonene, a monoterpene comprises 90% of this essential oil. Limonene is reported to have anti-carcinogenic activity (Opkyke 1974c p. 733). Orange essential oil is reported to retard tumor formation when a mouse was treated with a primary carcinogen (Nacino et al 1975). Monoterpenes stimulate the immune system. The character, fragrance and healing properties are determined by the over 140 minor chemical trace compounds. The numerous trace chemical compounds in orange essential oil provide synergistic and dramatic results. Other components include: Esters which provide anti-inflammatory properties. Aldehydes are very fragrant and have a powerful effect on the endocrine system. Alcohols are supportive to the immune system. Ketones are anti-microbial and liquefy mucus in the body. Orange stimulates the lymphatic system to facilitate the elimination of toxins.
Uses for Orange Essential Oil
Clinical trials using d-limonene as a cancer inhibitor have been conducted for well over a decade. D-Limonene and its digestion by-product Perillyl alcohol have been studied at the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University-Purdue University, University of Arizona as well as various other medical center trials.
Orange Essential Oil has remarkable anti-carcinogenic and anti-tumoral properties based on it’s high 85%-96% limonene chemistry. Studies show that Orange Essential Oil has combated tumor growth in over 50 clinical studies.
- Put two drops of Orange Essential Oil in a capsule; take three times daily or as needed as dietary supplement.
- Dilute one drop of oil with one drop of olive oil and apply to desired area as needed as tropical treatment.
- Put a few drops of oil with water in a spray bottle. Diffuse up to one hour three times daily for aromatic treatment.
- Take few drops of oil and use as a massage oil on affected areas of the body.
- Add a few drops of essential oil to a warm bath for a revitalizing bath.
- Add a drop of bitter orange essential oil to warm salt water and gargle, to relive a sore throat.
Get Started Using Orange Essential Oil
The best way to harness the benefits of orange is to use a pure therapeutic grade orange essential oil. When sourcing orange essential oil, be careful to avoid adulterated, diluted or synthetic oils. The majority of commercially available “essential oils” are either partial synthetic reproductions or true essential oils cut with solvents and extenders. You can safeguard against these adulterated oils by seeking out oils that adhere to ANFOR/ISO therapeutic grade essential oil standards. These standards call out specific ratios and concentrations of active ingredients required, which guarantees the purity and potency of your oils.
At School of Essential Oils we only use and recommend Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils which are farmed organically and carefully produced to the strictest quality standards. Click here to find out how to order top-quality therapeutic grade essential oils directly from Young Living at either the wholesale or retail price.
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Notes and Sources:
*Read more about Orange Oil’s Link to Cancer Recovery.
- Young, D. Gary. Essential Oils Integrative Medical Guide. Essential Science Publishing. November 2006.
- Bora, Chandramita. History of Orange Fruit Buzzle.com (http://www.buzzle.com/articles/history-of-orange-fruit.html). Accessed June 2012.
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil. AromaWeb (http://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/sweet-orange-oil.asp). Accessed June 2012.
- “Young Living Product Information Sheet.” Young Living Essential Oils. 2008.