With its fresh tangy aroma and healthful properties, orange essential oil has been popular for thousands of years. In “13 Outstanding Benefits of Orange Essential Oil,” Marnie Clark, writes that “The people of China, India, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean have used orange for easing coughs and colds and for cleansing and purification rituals. They have also used it for improved digestion, skin problems, cleaning, lifting depression, and even for its aphrodisiac qualities!”
Essential orange oil, which is mechanically cold pressed from the rind of the orange, is considered a natural sedative since it helps to relieve anxiety, anger and depression. Unlike other sedative substances, it keeps the senses alert while providing a relaxed feeling. It also acts as an antidepressant. Its delightful aroma generates a relaxed and happy feeling to lift the mood.
The essential oil also helps to ease inflammation. The key medicinal ingredient in orange essential oil is d-limonene, which is considered a powerful antioxidant that fights radical damage and inflammation. Orange essential oil has antiseptic properties, as well. It helps prevents microbial growth and disinfects wounds. As such, orange essential oil an excellent antiseptic for disinfecting cuts and scrapes, insect bites, open boils and other skin eruptions.,
The School of Essential Oils also notes that orange also is a rich source of vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, folic acid, vitamin B6, flavonoids, pectin and dietary fiber. It also contains a significant amount of minerals like potassium salt, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, etc.
Organic Factsnotes that today domestically, orange essential oil is used in a range of products from beverages and deserts, to soaps, body lotions, creams, and in room fresheners, sprays and grease-cutting and cleaning agents.
Since essential orange oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, it is good for skin. It is considered helping in increase the ability to absorb vitamin C and boost collagen production, and blood flow, all of which are essential for anti-aging, writesBustle. The oil also acts as an antibacterial agent that helps heal skin problems.
Orange essential oil is used frequently in aromatherapy. It blends well with essential oils of cinnamon, cloves, frankincense, ginger, black pepper, sandalwood, and vetiver, says Organic Facts.