SWEET ORANGE

(Citrus sinensis)

Coming from the same family as the bitter orange, sweet orange is a fantastic oil for aromatherapy beginners because of its accessibility and ease of use. It’s an energising, mood boosting oil that is rich in antioxidants and antibacterial properties which offer a lot of benefits.


Aromatic Profile
Sweet orange smells just like it sounds – sweet. It’s fruity and has a refreshing scent that you could probably easily identify. Sweet orange can be blended nicely with clary sage, lavender, rosemary, jasmine, lemon, bergamot, geranium, frankincense and lemongrass.

Uses
Sweet orange is an uplifting oil that brings feelings of optimism and calmness, it can help treat stress related conditions and nervous tension headaches. With proven antibacterial activities, it’s a great oil to diffuse to freshen up a room and it can also be used with other household items to make a surface cleaner. Sweet orange oil has been used in conjunction with other methods to assist with reducing water retention.

Safety

  • Generally non-toxic
  • Non-irritant
  • Non-sensitising
  • Safe to use with children


References

Lawless, J 2013, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Conari Press, San Francisco.

Olaiya, C, Ojebode, M & Karigidi, K 2016, ‘Antioxidant and Antibacterial Activities of the Essential Oils of Cymbopogon citratus and Citrus sinensis’, European Journal of Medicinal Plants, 16(1), pp.1-10,

http://www.journalrepository.org/media/journals/EJMP_13/2016/Aug/Ojebode1612016EJMP28176.pdf

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