What Is Orange Oil?
Orange is a citrus fruit that is well known for its health benefits. Oranges are widely used for purification rituals and treating infections in India, China and the Middle East.
The essential oil obtained from oranges is also popular for its cleansing, antibacterial and mood-lifting properties.
The chief constituents of orange essential oil include geraniol, nerol, linalool, sabinene, limonene, myrcene, citronellol and alpha-pinene. Orange essential oil is extracted from orange peels by the cold compression technique.
Uses of Orange Oil
Orange oil blends well with lemon, citronella, linalool, lime, grapefruit, lavender, rosemary and sandalwood oil. Orange oil is rich in antioxidants that make it an excellent health tonic for the human body and mind.
Orange oil is used in the following ways:
- In aromatherapy
- In beverages
- In deodorants
- In biscuits and chocolates
- In room fresheners
- In bakery and confectionary
- In desserts and sweetmeats
- As an insect repellent
Benefits of Orange Oil
The beneficial properties of orange oil can be attributed to its antidepressant, carminative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, antimicrobial, sedative and aphrodisiac properties.
Some of the popular benefits of orange essential oil include:
1. Relieves inflammation
Orange essential oil is an effective remedy for internal and external inflammation. Orange oil helps soothe inflammation in the joints and muscles thereby providing quick relief from pain.
Orange oil also reduces the side effects of antibiotics, fever, infections, gastritis and indigestion.
2. Stimulates urination
Orange oil has diuretic properties that stimulate urination and increase urine frequency and volume.
By increasing urination, orange oil helps eliminate excess water, salts, fats, pollutants, bile, uric acid and other harmful toxins from the body. Urination also increases the appetite and boosts digestion.
3. Carminative properties
A carminative is an agent that removes excess gas accumulated in the stomach and intestines. Gas accumulated in the stomach and intestines can cause discomfort, indigestion and cramps.
Orange oil contains carminative properties that eliminate gas from the body and relax the abdominal muscles.
4. Relieves depression
Orange oil has a pleasant aroma that removes negative feelings and brings positive thoughts to the mind. It acts as a mood lifter and makes you feel relaxed.
Orange oil is a perfect remedy for those who suffer from anxiety and depression. It helps reduce the pulse rate and salivary cortisol released in the state of anxiety.
5. Prevents infections
Orange oil possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that inhibit microbial growth and protect the body from infections. Orange essential oil also speeds up wound healing and prevents it from getting septic.
6. Aphrodisiac properties
Orange oil contains mild aphrodisiac properties that make it effective to cure problems like decreased libido, lack of interest in sex, impotence, erectile dysfunction and frigidity. Orange essential oil increases libido, enhances sexual performance and improves fertility.
7. Acts as a cholagogue agent
Orange essential oil is a natural cholagogue, which helps promote secretions from exocrine and endocrine glands, regulating the secretion of enzymes, hormones, digestive juices and bile. It also regularizes menstruation and lactation in women.
8. Acts as a tonic
Orange oil is a natural tonic for the organs and muscles in the body. It ensures that the body performs its metabolic functions correctly and boosts immunity.
Side Effects of Orange Oil
- When consumed in large quantities, orange oil can hamper appetite and cause vomiting.
- Those having sensitive skin are prone to skin allergies.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women must avoid using orange oil.
- A patch test is advised to check sensitivity for orange oil.
Note: Orange oil is phototoxic in nature and must be stored in dark places.