Greek Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil
Greek Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil
Greek Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil
Greek Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil

Greek Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil

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Greek Sweet Orange Organic Essential Oil

Batch: E1001297

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Sweet Orange

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

Historical notes:

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

Colour: yellow

Consistency: thin

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

  • How we use it:

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

  • 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!

Safety considerations:

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.]

Please, also see our How to Use Essential Oils Safely page for more information.

Research and studies:

  • Effect of sweet orange aroma on experimental anxiety in humans.

  • Antimicrobial activity of orange oil on selected pathogens (antibacterial and antifungal),%20113-122.pdf


  • Efficacy of Essential Oils from Edible Plants as Insecticides Against the House Fly, Musca Domestica L.


 Margaret Pawlaczyk-Karlinski MSc. (Hons.), Cert. Ed., M.I.F.A., NHS reg.


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