Sweet Orange Essential Oil (Citrus Sinensis)
Sweet Orange may also be referred to as orange, sweet orange, navel orange. It is typically processed using cold pressed/expressed as a method for extracting oil from the citrus rind (peel).
Sweet Orange Essential Oil is most often referred to simply asOrange Oil.
With its versatility, affordability and wonderfully uplifting aroma, Orange Essential Oil is one of the most popular of essential oils within aromatherapy. The aroma of Orange Oil is cheerful and helps to improve the aroma of a stale-smelling or smoky room. (Lemon is even better for diffusing in smoky rooms). Orange Essential Oil has become a popular ingredient within a wide assortment of natural (and some not-so-natural) household cleaning products. I often add a few drops when I clean the floor, but I always recommend being careful when trying essential oils on surfaces for the first time, and only use a few drops.
Some people can't tolerate citrus essential oils (or are even allergic), so be prudent when diffusing Orange Essential Oil around others, but overall, Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a winner with children and adults alike.
Unlike most essential oils that are extracted using steam distillation, most citrus oils including Orange Oil are extracted by cold pressing the rinds of the orange. You will sometimes find a steam distilled variety on the market, but it is fairly uncommon. When you have peeled an orange, have you ever noticed tiny droplets spray from the peel (not the fruit segments) and noticed a burst of orange aroma at the same time? What you noticing is the essential oil that lives in the rind escaping as you peel the fruit. The next time that you peel an orange (or other citrus fruit), try pressing a portion of the rind between your fingers, and you should be able to smell the intense aroma of the essential oil escaping the rind.
- Aroma Description:
- Common Name(s): orange, sweet orange, navel orange
- Botanical Family: Rutaceae
- Chemical Family: Monoterpenes
- Major Compounds: (+)-Limonine, B-Myrcene, a-Pinene
- Perfumery Note: Top
- Consistency: Thin
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium - Strong
- Color: Pale Yellow to Orange
- Indigenous Country: South Africa
- Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
- Processing Methods: Cold Pressed/Expressed
- Part Typically Used: Citrus Rind (Peel)
- Shelf Life: 3 years
- Ethically and sustainably sourced
Benefits & Uses
May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:
Colds Flatulence Flu Influenza Scabies Stress
Therapeutic Benefits of Sweet Orange:
Other Uses for Sweet Orange:
Cautions & Safety
Cautions when using Sweet Orange:
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Sweet Orange Essential Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young,Essential Oil Safety(Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 372.]
I have read conflicting reports as to whether Sweet Orange Essential Oil isphototoxic. However, essential oil safety experts Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young do not indicate that it's phototoxic. Do pay close attention to the type of orange oil you are using asBitter Orange Essential Oil is phototoxic.
Safety Precautions for Sweet Orange:
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities
Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Sweet Orange:
2nd Chakra - Relationships 4th Chakra - Unconditional Love 5th Chakra - Speaking Truth 6th Chakra - Perspective Clarity Creation Energy Expansive Uplifting
Sweet Orange Articles or Publications:
- PubMed: Effects of foliar application with compost tea and filtrate biogas slurry liquid on yield and fruit quality of washington navel orange (Citrus sinenesis Osbeck) trees.
- PubMed: An attempt of postharvest orange fruit rot control using essential oils from Mediterranean plants.
- PubMed: Free and bound cinnamic acid derivatives in corsica sweet blond oranges.
- PubMed: Antiproliferative activity of Citrus juices and HPLC evaluation of their flavonoid composition.
- PubMed: Effect of temperature on development and survival of the parasitoid Pnigalio pectinicornis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) reared on Phyllocnistis citrella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae).
- PubMed: Expression of phytoene synthase gene (Psy) is enhanced during fruit ripening of Cara Cara navel orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck).
- PubMed: Lycopene-epsilon-cyclase pre-mRNA is alternatively spliced in Cara Cara navel orange (Citrus sinensis Osbeck).
- PubMed: Isolation and characterization of a TERMINAL FLOWER homolog and its correlation with juvenility in citrus.
- PubMed: Structural basis of the rind disorder oleocellosis in Washington navel orange (Citrus sinensis L. Osbeck).
- PubMed: Antioxidant effectiveness as influenced by phenolic content of fresh orange juices.
- PubMed: Citrus and Prunuscopia-like retrotransposons.
- PubMed: Relationship between volatile components of citrus fruit essential oils and antimicrobial action on Penicillium digitatum and penicillium italicum.
- PubMed: A putative vacuolar processing protease is regulated by ethylene and also during fruit ripening in Citrus fruit.
- PubMed: The Occurrence of Abscisic Acid and Abscisyl-beta-d-Glucopyranoside in Developing and Mature Citrus Fruit as Determined by Enzyme Immunoassay.
- PubMed: Stimulation of ethylene production in citrus leaf discs by mannitol.
- PubMed: Effects of exogenous ethylene on ethylene production in citrus leaf tissue.
- PubMed: Diurnal variations in photosynthetic products and nitrogen metabolism in expanding leaves.