Some of the more common plants in our lives can also be the most potent when turned into an essential oil. Lavender, rosemary and peppermint immediately come to mind, but one of the most overlooked, in my opinion, might be the lowly orange. Yes, you may turn to this fruit when you need a natural dose of vitamin C, but the essential oil – derived from the peel – has many useful benefits around the home. First, the smell of orange is energizing and invigorating, and you may think that’s why it’s typically found in many household cleaners and cosmetic products. However, orange oil is a strong antiseptic and can fight off bacteria when applied to cuts or abrasions. Orange oil was found to prevent the proliferation of E. coli bacteria in one 2009 study published in the International Journal of Food and Science Technology, according to this site. And when it comes to anti-inflammatory properties, orange oil beat other popular options like lemon, pine and eucalyptus.
The aroma can also act as an antidepressant, lifting your mood and relaxing your body. Research has shown the scent of orange oil can lower your pulse rate and cortisol levels. Orange oil can also reduce gas and relieve painful pressure in the stomach by helping to relax abdominal muscles. It’s even been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the signs of hypertension.
5 Uses for Orange Oil:
- Blend with cinnamon and clove for a warm smell during the holidays.
- Add to a spray bottle of water and use to refresh towels and sheets. Or spray in the closet to add an energizing smell during the winter months.
- Use alone in a spray bottle or combine with lemon and rosemary to cleanse and disinfect household surfaces.
- Add a drop to water once a day for flavor and to enhance digestion. (Recommended: 1 drop per 4 ounces of water)
- Some say orange oil is an aphrodisiac and an antidepressant so try it during the winter months when your energy levels are low. It might be the boost you need!