In the past, I’ve dabbled with Orange Essential Oil. I love the invigorating and refreshing fragrance so I’ve put it in soaps and infused it with reeds. I’ve used in it cleaning products and I’ve even added it to baked goods (SO delicious!). But to be honest- I really wasn’t familiar with all of the benefits or uses orange essential oil had to offer. On a mission to further my knowledge and understanding of this particular oil, I came across an article on Denise in Bloom that completely satisfied my curiosity. The article listed several ways to use orange oil and I thought I’d share my new knowledge with you!
Here’s what I learned:
How To Use Orange Essential Oil
Air freshener ? add a few drops of the oil to water and place in a spray top bottle. Spray around for instant natural air freshener. I?ve done this- and I LOVE it.
Anti-Depressant ? if you suffer from mild depression the scent of orange essential oil will help to alleviate it. Apply topically near the nose for best results. It energizes and improves mood.
Anti-inflammatory ? If you suffer from digestive issues such as gastric upset, heartburn or nausea, orange essential oil helps. Add 2-3 drops to water and drink.
Anti-Septic ? if you have minor abrasion or cut on the skin, the orange oil will work as an anti-septic killing the bacteria to prevent infection. Apply to clean skin.
Anti-spasmodic – Rubbed into the skin, orange essential oil can help to alleviate muscle spasms. Add a few drops of oil to a carrier oil and massage into skin.
Bath Oil & Bath Wash – use a 3-5 drops of orange essential oil in a nice warm bath to release the aromatherapy and enjoy a relaxing soak. Or for a bath wash, add a few drops of the oil to your favorite liquid bath soap to enjoy the properties of the oil while you bathe or shower. This is another way I’ve tried orange essential oil and love it.
Digestive Aid– running a few drops of orange essential oil on the abdomen. Massage in a clockwise motion on the abdomen to help?relieve constipation and water retention.
Brings relaxation ? if used as aromatherapy the oil brings about a sense of relaxation. You can use drops of orange essential oil in a diffuser or breathe directly from the bottle. You can place a small amount on hands and cup the hands and breathe in.
Calms skin irritations ? if you have bug bites, poison ivy or oak. Just be careful – Orange essential oil makes the skin photosensitive so use caution when being in the sun.
Collagen booster ? orange essential oil acts as a collagen booster when applied to skin, helping to give skin anti-aging properties. Do not apply the oil directly to the skin, but mix within a cream or oil and then apply to the skin. Follow with a SPF makeup as to avoid having skin sensitivity from the sun.
De-greaser ? add a few drops to your favorite surface cleaner to help cut the grease and leave surfaces clean and sparkling. This also leaves your kitchen smelling divine!
Detoxifier / Diuretic ? orange oil helps to bring about a detoxification of the bladder, kidneys, and the lymphatic system. It helps to alleviate fluid retention and eliminates bile, salts, and uric acid. Add 2-3 drops of orange essential oil to a glass of cold water to cleanse the body and detoxify.
Flavoring ? use a few drops in foods for a light orange flavoring. Ways to use orange essential oil could be things like smoothies, homemade ice cream recipes, and even in homemade brownies. Use sparingly until you get the taste you want. I use the toothpick method when adding essential oils to food. Dip a toothpick into the oil and then run the dipped toothpick through the batter. Add this oil to Angelfood cake- you won?t be disappointed!
Floor cleaner ? add a few drops to a damp cloth to clean the floor. Add to wood soap for a wood floor cleaner.
Glass cleaner ? add a few drops to a vinegar glass cleaner to create extra streak fighting power and wonderful fragrance.
Insect repellent ? using a spray top bottle, add orange oil to water and mix, then spray areas where insects crawl or fly. Or add a few drops of oil to a damp cloth and wipe the area. It repels insects, moths, worms, and even ants. Spray on skin for outdoor insect repellent (just remember- don?t use this in the sun!).
Massage oil ? blend your own massage oil, add 3-5 drops of your favorite essential oil to 1 oz. Coconut oil, almond oil, or grapeseed oil. Massage areas of the body with irritated skin, fatigued muscles, etc.
Mouth wash ? add a few drops of orange essential to water and gargle for a refreshing mouth wash. Peppermint oil and orange oil are great together for cleaning the mouth. Mmmmm!!
Sleep aid ? if you have trouble falling asleep this oil brings on a feeling of relaxation. You can combine orange essential oil to a carrier oil such as coconut oil, and rub on the bottoms of feet, and back of the neck for relaxation.
Sore throat gargle ? mix a 2-3 of drops of the oil in a glass of warm salt water and gargle to help soothe a sore throat.
Vapor therapy ? add a few drops to a vaporizer to help in the treatment of respiratory conditions like colds and flu. You can combine orange essential oil with a carrier oil, and rub across the sinuses and on the chest to help with breathing.
Did you have any idea that Orange Essential Oil could do so much?! I didn’t! I definitely learned a lot when I researched this amazing oil.
What do you use Orange Essential Oil for? Wedd love to know!