How to use Sweet Orange essential oil
Would you like to raise your mood a little? Maybe you’d like to add the refreshing scent of orange to a room? Diffusing an essential oil can help you do that.
A diffuser allows an essential oil to evaporate, generally using heat. As the essential oil evaporates the scent spreads throughout the room.
There are many types of diffusers. Each type of diffuser will have its own specific set of instructions. Ensure you follow all product instructions carefully when using your diffuser.
Do you want another way to add an orange scent to your room? Have you ever thought of using orange essential oil as a natural cleaner? Here is how you can make an orange oil spray:
- Add orange essential oil to water, preferably in a glass bottle. Usually around 10 to 15 drops per 30ml of water is best.
- Although not necessary, adding a dispersing agent to the solution can help the oil to better disperse through the water.
- Shake the bottle well to mix the contents.
- Spray as desired.
Are you looking to relieve pain or inflammation? Have you ever considered making your own massage oil infused with orange essential oil?
To start you’ll need to dilute orange essential oil in a carrier oil, like coconut oil or jojoba oil. Using 20 drops of essential oil per 30ml of carrier oil will make a massage oil with a 3 percent solution.
Safety and side effects
Any essential oil has the potential to cause a skin reaction when applied topically. If you are concerned about a possible reaction, test a little bit of diluted orange essential oil on the inside of your elbow before using it on larger areas.
Do not using old or oxidized orange essential oil which can irritate sensitive skin.
Be aware, some citrus essential oils are phototoxic. This means they can cause a painful skin reaction if you use them on your skin and then go out in the sun.
Orange essential oil has a low risk of phototoxicity, but you should still exercise caution if you plan on going outside after using it on your skin.
As with other essential oils, follow these safety precautions when using orange oil:
- Don’t apply undiluted essential oil to your skin.
- Keep the oil away from your eyes.
- Store the oil out of reach of children and pets.
- If you use the oil for aromatherapy, make sure that the space you are in is well ventilated.
- If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking prescription medications, speak to your doctor before using orange essential oil.
What to look for
Orange essential oil can be purchased either online or at a store that sells natural products. Ensure you purchase a good quality orange essential oil.
Here’s some things to consider:
- Check the label for the scientific name: Citrus sinensis. Bitter orange essential oil is another oil with a very similar name: Citrus aurantium. Don’t confuse the two.
- Verify product purity. You should be buying 100 percent orange essential oil. If this isn’t the case, it should be indicated on the label.
- Choose dark bottles. Essential oil can be damaged by sunlight and dark bottles help prevent this.
- Smell the oil before you buy, if possible. If it doesn’t smell like orange, don’t buy it.
- Stay away from any product that claims on its label or through advertising that it can treat a specific health conditions.
Orange essential oil can be used for a variety of applications including lifting mood and reducing stress to adding a fresh, citrusy aroma to a room.
Research has shown that orange essential oil may have several benefits. Some examples include antimicrobial activity, pain relief, and anticancer properties.
Always be sure to use essential oils safely. If you’d like to use orange essential oil but have health-related questions or concerns, speak with your doctor before using the oil.