Orange Essential Oil-Everything You Need To Know

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Orange essential oil blends well with just about any other oil, making it a popular choice for anyone with an essential oil collection.

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I’m not a medical professional. I’m sharing what I’ve learned about orange essential oil from personal experience. As always, If you’re new to essential oils I encourage you to do your own research before incorporating them into your natural wellness routine.

What is Orange Essential Oil

Orange essential oil (citrus sinensis or also known as “sweet orange oil”) is acquired by expressing, or pressure squeezing the oil from the rinds of oranges.

The process is most commonly known as cold pressing fresh orange peel to produce pure essential oils.

Orange essential oil has the sweet, fresh, citrus scent like that of a grove of orange trees.

Orange Essential Oil Uses And Benefits

Use it internally, topically, or by diffusing.

Orange essential oil purifies and cleans with its antimicrobial properties, and it is well known for its anti-inflammatory effects and therapeutic benefits.

  1. Diffuse to purify the air.
  2. Use it internally for immune support.
  3. Add it when making your own household cleaners.
  4. Apply topically on both wrists to boost your mood.
  5. Add a few drops to a fruit smoothie in the morning.
  6. Dilute in fractionated coconut oil for help with trouble acne spots.
  7. Add a couple of drops to a glass of water for a gentle detox.
  8. Place a few drops on your air filter to help cleanse the air in your home.
  9. Polish wood furniture. See diy wood polish blend below.
  10. Use it in your cooking. Try these wild orange power bites!
  11. Add 3 drops of oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil when oil pulling for good oral health.
  12. Cleanse and purify surfaces. See DIY spray bottle clean surfaces recipe below.
  13. Mix with equal parts lavender and tea tree oils for mastitis relief.

What Orange Essential Oil Blends Well With

The real question is, what doesn’t blend well with orange essential oil?

It is so versatile in its uses and gets along great with most other essential oils.

Warm spicy oils like clove, frankincense, cedar wood, sandalwood, and copaiba compliment orange wonderfully.

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Orange Essential Oil Recipes

Diffuser Blends

Choose an oil blend from the recipes below and add to your diffuser, fill the rest of the way with distilled water. Follow your diffuser’s instructions for water capacity.

Walk Through an Orange Grove

  • 3 drops orange oil
  • 3 drops cedar wood oil

Positive Energy

  • 3 drops orange oil
  • 2 drops marjoram oil
  • 2 drops copaiba oil

Immune Support

Roller Bottle Blends For Topical Use

When making roller bottle blends add each essential oil to a 10mL amber glass bottle, then top off with a carrier oil. I personally use fractionated coconut oil. Secure the rollerball, tighten lid and shake well. Use multiple times a day as needed.

Calm Anxiety

  • 7 drops orange oil
  • 7 drops lavender oil
  • 7 drops copaiba oil

Focus Blend

  • 7 drops orange oil
  • 7 drops frankincense oil
  • 6 drops peppermint oil

Collagen Boost

  • 6 drops orange oil
  • 7 drops geranium oil
  • 7 drops frankincense oil

DIY Cleaners

To make these DIY cleaners you will need: 16oz amber glass spray bottles and your choice of rubbing alcohol or witch hazel.

Instructions for clean surfaces and linen sprays:

Simply add essential oils, and fill the rest of the bottle with alcohol, witch hazel, or distilled water. Tighten the spray nozzle and shake well. For best results, let the blend sit for about 10 minutes before first use.

Instructions for wood polish spray:

Add 10 drops of orange essential oil, 1/4 cup of olive oil, and 1/4 cup white vinegar, tighten lid and shake well.

Shake all 3 diy spray blends well before each use.

Clean Surfaces

Linen Spray

  • 15 drops orange oil
  • 15 drops lavender oil
  • 15 drops siberian fir oil

Wood Polish

  • 10 drops orange oil or lemon oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Common Orange Essential Oil Blends Q’s and A’s

Can you mix lavender and orange essential oils?

Yes! Lavender essential oil pairs very well with citrus oils, especially orange. The two are a perfect match!

They make a wonderful blend for when you need to decompress after a long day.

Is orange essential oil vitamin C?

We know oranges and citrus fruits in general provide high levels of vitamin C.

Orange essential oil is taken from the peel of an orange. The peel is the part of the fruit that has the most concentrated amount of vitamin C, but not enough to use the essential oil as a stand-alone supplement.

Research Reference For Vitamin C Levels In Orange Essential Oil

Sir Elkhatim KA, Elagib RAA, Hassan AB. Content of phenolic compounds and vitamin C and antioxidant activity in wasted parts of Sudanese citrus fruits. Food Sci Nutr. 2018;6:1214–1219. fsn3.660

Choosing An Essential Oil Brand

It’s especially important if you are taking essential oils internally to choose a pure high quality oil with zero fillers and contaminants. Visit each brand’s website to find whether or not they recommend their oils for internal use.

There are many reputable essential oil companies. When choosing a brand make sure they disclose the botanical name, country of origin, how the oil is sourced, and complete transparency of testing results.

You should also look for quality ID number ( or batch ID number), and the expiration date printed on each bottle.

Possible Side Effects When Using Orange Essential Oil Blends

Like most citrus oils, orange essential oil is a photosensitive oil. With that in mind, if you are using it topically as part of your skincare, avoid direct sunlight or UV rays for 12 hours after application.

Skin irritation is the most common side effect. Be sure to always do a skin patch test before using topically.

Make sure to consult with your doctor before use if you have an ongoing medical condition, or if you are pregnant or nursing.

Always keep essential oils away from the reach of children and pets.

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