Who doesn’t love the smell of a freshly peeled orange? Sweet orange oil benefits range from cleaning to skincare and just plain helping your mood.
Sweet orange oil comes from the peel of the fruit of the orange tree (Citrus sinensis). The oil is cold-pressed from the peel as the method of extraction. Pressing the peel from the orange releases the sweet-smelling oil for collection. You have probably been exposed to the orange oil when you were peeling an orange.
Sweet orange essential oil is used in many, many consumer products. You probably use products containing some amount of sweet orange oil on any given day. Let’s look at some sweet orange oil benefits you may not be aware of.
As with many essential oils, sweet orange oil has antibacterial properties. That means you can use it in many DIY cleaning products. Not only will it help to kill germs on surfaces and in the air, but it also leaves a clean, fresh scent.
I use it for cleaning all the time. Some of my favorite uses include my DIY Wood Cleaner and Polish and my DIY Carpet Fresh. I also use it and substitute it for lemon essential oil when I make my DIY cutting board cleaner and other kitchen cleaning recipes.
Another of the many sweet orange essential oil benefits is that it can enhance your mood. You can use it in the morning to wake you up and lift your spirits. After a tough day, you can use it to calm and relax you. This is because it has both uplifting and calming effects. It has been used as a natural antidepressant for centuries. It has also been used to relieve anxiety and help with productivity and focus.
One way to use it to wake up in the morning is to make some super-easy DIY shower steamers with orange oil. You can enjoy the power of sweet orange essential oil while in the shower to help you wake up and focus for the day ahead. I’ll be posting how to make those in the DIY section of the site.
I use it all the time in a diffuser when I am working. I love the scent of fresh oranges and while I am writing it helps me to focus and concentrate.
It has been written that you shouldn’t diffuse essential oils around cats. While this may be true I can tell you that my cats spend time lying around in the same room where I am diffusing sweet orange oil all the time and have had no ill effects. Just to be on the safe side I recommend not letting the cat lie directly under the diffuser where oil particles could settle on her fur and be licked off later when they are grooming. I also recommend leaving an open door for the cat to leave should they be bothered by the scent.
A study published in 2015 in the Asia Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine included sweet orange essential oil as one of the oils effective when used for insomnia. It was include alongside oils we have already discussed in other posts that can help you sleep better such as lavender and roman chamomile.
If you are having trouble sleeping it may be worth trying a few drops of sweet orange essential oil in a diffuser at the bedside to see if it works for you.
Prevents Oxidative Stress
The monoterpene Limonene that is present in sweet orange essential oil can help prevent oxidative stress to your body. Oxidative stress can affect your immune system and lead to a reduced ability to fight off infections.
Using sweet orange oil may be able to help boost your immune system and also prevent damage to vital organs from oxidative stress.
Kills And Repels Pests
Another well-known use of orange essential oil is to repel and kill ants and other pests. It can kill ants when sprayed directly on them. Not only that, but it can also help cover the pheromone trails that ants lay down to lead other ants to food sources. This makes it highly effective in removing or preventing an ant infestation in your home.
May Lower Your Blood Pressure
A study published in 2014 concluded that “the inhalation of orange essential oil effectively induces relaxation in humans”. The study compared inhaling fresh air to inhaling air infused with orange essential oil. Study participants inhaling the orange essential oil had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures. They also reported a “significantly greater feeling of comfort” when compared to the fresh air group.
Orange oil has strong anti-inflammatory effects also. It has been researched and found to be effective against pain, inflammation, and even may help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Since inflammation is also a hallmark of asthma more research needs to be done to see if these anti-inflammatory properties might be helpful in the control of asthma as well.
You can dilute orange oil with a carrier oil to help reduce the pain from sore muscles and joints. The anti-inflammatory properties mentioned above can help reduce swelling and pain. A study published in 2017 looked at the use of orange essential oil to reduce the sensation of pain in patients admitted to the emergency room with bone fractures. Since the use of opioid pain medications has side effects and potential problems with addiction the researchers were looking for other alternatives to compliment pain control.
They concluded that “Aromatherapy with the essential oil of orange as a complementary medicine could relieve pain in patients with fractured limbs before surgery. It can lead to faster recovery and discharging of patients as well as reduce the costs of hospitalization. In this context, aromatherapy with the orange oil in patients with fractured limbs is recommended”.
Natural Acne Treatment
The antibacterial properties of orange oil make it good for use as a natural acne fighter. It can be used in your natural acne control plan to help kill the bacteria that causes acne. You can use it along with the other antibacterial oils such as tea tree or lavender.
The only caution is to use orange oil at night. Since it can cause your skin to have an increased sensitivity to UV rays it is recommended to use it at least 12 hours before you are exposed to the sun. Failure to do so could potentially result in painful burns. Just keep that in mind if you decide to use it to help fight acne.
So there you have 9 amazing sweet orange oil benefits. Let me know in the comments if you have other uses for sweet orange essential oil.