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15 December 2021 / Caitlin Devlin

Orange Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Whether sweet or bitter, orange essential oil has tons of benefits for the body and mind.

Orange Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

A symbol of good fortune, the orange has been used for centuries throughout India, China and the Mediterranean to treat a wide range of conditions.

Oranges were once considered food of the gods due to their vibrant flavour and brightening qualities, and throughout history have been prized not just as a fruit but as a medicinal extract. Like other citrus oils, they show strong antibacterial behaviours and are often used in cleaning.

There are two main types of orange essential oil commonly sold. These are: sweet orange oil and bitter orange oil. The two oils are extracted from slightly different species of the fruit but have highly similar uses and benefits. The main difference between the two is that bitter orange is considered more phototoxic and is therefore not recommended for skin.

Orange essential oil is a useful cleaning agent.

The cleaning power of citrus oils extends to orange; the oil is highly antibacterial and can attack a number of dangerous microorganisms. Evidence suggests that orange oil is particularly useful for cleaning kitchens or pantries. A study in 2012 found that orange oil was able to successfully prevent E.coli contamination in foods, and a further study in 2008 found that it was able to inhibit the spread of salmonella.

Orange essential oil is also said to naturally repel ants, a common pest to find around food. A few drops of orange essential oil in a spray bottle of water makes for an effective cleaning spray that you can use on surfaces, shelves and other places in which food needs to be protected.

It reduces inflammation and blood pressure.

Orange oil is also a soothing oil, able to calm the body in a number of ways. A study in 2014 found that orange oil was able to reduce systolic and diastolic blood pressure more effectively than fresh air when inhaled, helping to protect against the damage caused by a spike in blood pressure, and guard heart health in particular.

The anti-inflammatory abilities of the oil also help it to turn off inflammatory responses in the body that cause swelling in tissue. This helps it to prevent an inflammatory reaction around injured muscles and joints and soothe the accompanying pain. These effects are so powerful that a study in 2017 found that sweet orange essential oil was even able to reduce the pain levels of patients with fractured limbs.

When applying sweet orange essential oil topically, it is important to remember that the oil may be mildly phototoxic, and so it is always safer to use it in the evening and stay out of direct sunlight until the morning. You should not apply bitter orange essential oil to the skin.

It calms anxiety.

Orange oil has anxiolytic properties, which means that it is a natural remedy for anxiety. A study in 2014 showed this when it found that orange essential oil was able to boost feelings of relaxation and comfort in subjects. Another study in the same year found that the anxiety-reducing effects of orange oil were so powerful that the oil could even reduce anxiety surrounding labour.

It’s good for the skin.

As stated previously, only sweet orange essential oil should be used on skin, and it should only be applied in the evenings to be safe. That said, orange oil can be beneficial for the skin in many ways. It is deeply cleansing thanks to its antimicrobial properties, and can help to reduce signs of aging and increase elasticity by boosting collagen production. A study in 2012 also found that the oil’s anti-inflammatory properties make a great natural treatment for acne.

    The bright, joyful scent of orange gives a lift to any space and is unfailingly refreshing. With the added benefits of its cleansing, calming and soothing properties, there’s really no reason not to incorporate it into your routine.

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