Orange essential oils, benefits and uses

   

Originally published on Guide to Aromatherapy

There are several different orange essential oils

There are several different orange essential oils

You might think that orange essential oil is just one oil, but in fact there are several different oils that could be called orange essential oil. These are: bitter orange oil, sweet orange oil, neroli (sometimes called orange blossom) essential oil, petitgrain essential oil and bergamot essential oil. Each of these has a different set of properties.

As with all essential oils, none of the orange oils should be taken internally, even though you may see this recommended elsewhere. Essential oils are highly concentrated and can cause permanent damage if used in this way, even if you think you have diluted them. Be safe and use them as intended, in massage blends and diffusers, and keep them out of the reach of children at all times.

Bitter Orange essential oil
This is extracted from the outer peel of Citrus aurantium var. amara, sometimes called the Seville orange or sour orange, when they are almost ripe. You might know this as the orange used for making marmalade, and you may have seen them offered in the market under the name marmalade orange.

Bitter orange oil is an astringent, a natural antiseptic, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It’s also useful for digestive disorders and as a tonic.

Bitter orange essential oil is not suitable for use with babies under one year old.

Phototoxic: don’t use on skin that will be exposed to the sun or tanning beds in the following 48 hours.


Sweet Orange essential oil

This is extracted from the outer peel of Citrus sinensis (syn. C. aurantium dulcis), what we might call the eating orange. The blood orange is a variety of sweet orange with red staining to the flesh and skin.

Like bitter orange, sweet orange oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and is useful for digestive disorders and as a tonic. It’s also used as an antidepressant.

Phototoxic: don’t use on skin that will be exposed to the sun or tanning beds in the following 48 hours.

I offer sweet orange essential oil and organic sweet orange essential oil in my online shop.

Neroli essential oil
Also called orange blossom essential oil, this is extracted from the flowers of Citrus aurantium var. amara, the bitter orange (see above for more on the tree).

Neroli oil is extremely useful and would be a good addition to a home aromatherapy and/or beauty kit. On the skin care side, it’s used to treat mature and sensitive skin, wrinkles, stretch marks, minor scars, thread veins and as a toner. It’s also used to treat digestive disorders such as colic, flatulence (gas, wind), chronic diarrhea, and intestinal cramping; poor circulation; palpitations; pre-menstrual syndrome; anxiety/depression, nervous tension, shock and stress.

Neroli essential oil is not phototoxic, and is generally considered safe for all.

I offer 10% neroli essential oilpure neroli absolute essential oil and neroli hydrating gel in my online shop.

Petitgrain essential oil
This is extracted from the leaves and twigs of Citrus aurantium var. amara, the bitter orange (see above for more on the tree). You may also find petitgrain sur fleurs essential oil, which contains neroli. There are also similar oils extracted from leaves and twigs of lemon, mandarin, sweet orange and bergamot orange trees.

Petitgrain is a natural antiseptic and deodorant and is useful for acne, greasy hair and skin, to reduce perspiration, and as a toner for skin. It’s also used to treat indigestion and flatulence (gas, wind), insomnia, exhaustion and stress.

Petitgrain essential oil is not phototoxic, and is generally considered safe for all.

I offer petitgrain essential oil and organic petitgrain essential oil in my online shop.

Bergamot essential oil
Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the outer peel of Citrus bergamia. It is not related in any way to the herb bergamot used in herbal medicine, though the fragrance is similar.

Bergamot essential oil is a natural antiseptic and deodorant and is used for oily skin, acne, eczema, boils and similar eruptions; psoriasis; scabies; varicose veins; anxiety/depression and stress.

Always use rectified or bergapten-free oil for direct application to skin.
Bergamot essential oil is not suitable for use with children under 12 years old. Phototoxic: don’t use on skin that will be exposed to the sun or tanning beds in the following 48 hours.

I offer bergamot essential oil, rectified (FCF) bergamot essential oil and organic bergamot essential oil in my online shop.

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