Other common name: often simply referred to as ‘orange’ but it must not be mistaken for ‘bitter orange’.
Botanical name: Citrus x sinensis
Botanical family: Rutaceae
Method of extraction: Expression
Plant part used to extract the oil: fruit peel
Cultivation method: Organic
Area of origin: Greece
Did you know that oranges may have been the famous ‘golden apples’ in Greek mythology? It is said that citrus fruits were the dowry of Zeus’s bride, Hera, who kept them hidden in the gardens at the ‘western end of earth’ (possibly Atlas Mountains in Morocco). They were guarded by three nymphs - Hesperides (‘Daughters of Evening’). Each nymph safeguarded her own fruit: Aigle tended the citron, Arethusa the lemon and Hesperethusa the orange. In his eleventh labour Heracles stole the fruits – referred to as the ‘golden apples’ – from the garden and gave them to mankind.
Biochemical group: Monoterpene
Main chemical compounds: limonene, β-myrcene, α-pinene, limonene, others
Aroma strength: medium
Perfumery note: middle
Aroma: unmistakably orangey, citrusy, zesty, fruity, fresh and sweet, uplifting and refreshing
Traditional aromatherapy uses:
Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments sweet orange essential oil is associated with the following therapeutic properties: antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, choleretic, digestive, fungicidal, hypotensive, sedative to nervous system, stimulant to digestive and lymphatic systems, stomachic, tonic.
Qualified aromatherapists may use sweet orange essential oil for common complaints such as:
skin conditions: suits all skin types, dry and prone to acne
lymphatic system: stimulates healthy fluid circulation and reducing water retention
digestive issues: constipation, chronic diarrhoea, stimulation of bile production, nausea
emotional support – great for relaxation, uplifting, can be used to help children sleep
For a face cream - add together with our Organic lavender essential oil to an unscented face cream
To support digestion or ease constipation/chronic diarrhoea – dilute in a fixed oil (carrier oil) and massage the lower abdomen clockwise. Try with a drop of Peppermint essential oil or blend with our Mandarin essential oil
To help children sleep – vapourise a couple of drops in the room
Vapourise for a relaxing, cheerful, happy ambience. Experiment by adding a drop or two of lavender or mandarin essential oils to wind down or with some lemon essential oil for a more refreshing Orange essential oil is also a great house fly repellent!
Tisserand and Young do not list any special precautions when using Sweet Orange Essential Oil and it is not phototoxic. It should be stored appropriately – refrigeration is recommended – and old/oxidised oil should be avoided as it might cause skin sensitisation. 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.]