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Benefits of Orange (sweet) Essential Oil

Kalpana Kumari
Orange essential oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, aphrodisiac, and antiseptic properties. All these properties make it beneficial for numerous purposes.
Orange oil is an essential oil that is extracted from the peel of the orange fruit by a cold-pressing technique. It is also obtained as a byproduct of orange juice production. Its botanical name is Citrus sinensis.
Orange essential oil has been used extensively as an aromatic component in soaps, detergents, perfumes, and a wide range of cosmetics. The color of orange (sweet) essential oil ranges from yellow to orange, and it has water-like texture. Its smell is pleasant, fresh, and citrus-like.
Once extracted from the orange fruit, the oil is safe to be used for about 6 months. In addition to this, the antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, carminative, sedative, and antidepressant properties of this essential oil makes it suitable to be used for numerous purposes.

The Benefits

It provides relief from both internal and external inflammation caused by any factors, like, infection, spices, toxin ingestion, and the negative effects of antibiotics and other drugs.
It is known to have aphrodisiacal properties and is also used on a regular basis to treat maladies such as inability to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse, lack of sex drive, impotence, and erectile dysfunction.
It has a number of beauty benefits. It increases the production of collagen, which is necessary for the health of the skin. It reduces puffiness and removes fine lines from the skin. This oil discourages the formation of wrinkles, and hence delays aging. It promotes blood flow towards the skin and brings a natural radiance to it.
It is antispasmodic in nature and hence widely used in treating spasms that cause a lot of discomfort, such as convulsions, continuous coughing, muscle cramps, and diarrhea.
The benefits also include, promotion of proper digestion, relief from constipation, and increased absorption of vitamin C.
It inhibits microbial growth, and thus sterilizes cuts and wounds. The application of this oil on an injury, protects it from getting infected with pathogenic bacteria and fungus.
This oil has a soothing and refreshing effect on your mind and soul, and reduces restlessness and tension. It relieves fatigue and revitalizes you. It acts as an anti-depressant, especially for women, during menstruation and menopause.
Other benefits include, the promotion of creative and positive thinking and supporting right brain functioning. In combination with lavender, this oil treats sleeping disorders.
One of the benefits of this oil is that it promotes detoxification in the body. As it promotes urination, your body gets rid of excess uric acid, salts, chemical pollutants, and water.
It promotes the secretion of both, the endocrine and exocrine glands in the body. Its consumption has been observed to improve the secretion of milk, production of digestive juices and bile, and restore the periodicity of menstruation.
The benefits of orange oil are not restricted only to maintaining your overall wellness. You can use it for house cleaning purposes as well. These include, removal of grease and stains from floor, furniture, and counter tops.
You may use it as a room freshener. Add 3-4 drops of the oil to a cup of water and spritz it in the air, with the help of a spray, to keep any foul smell away from the room.
The oil, when combined with other essential oils, like rosemary and cypress, removes cellulite. Mix 4 drops of each of these oils with a carrier oil, like organic, unrefined, sweet almond oil. Massage the affected body part with this, in circular motions for 5 minutes daily.
Regular usage of this oil, both internally and externally, works as a tonic for your body. It promotes the functioning of all the organ systems of the body. It maintains the optimum rate of metabolism, boosts the immune system and provides strength to your body. You will derive all its benefits only on using it in optimum amounts. Therefore, never use it without proper guidance and recommendation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.