What are uses and benefits of orange essential oil?
Orange essential oil is often recommended as a good oil for people who are new to essential oils, because it is so easy to use and has so many different benefits. The oil, which is obtained through a cold pressing process of orange peel, is relatively inexpensive and it can be mixed with many other types of essential oils. The list of the benefits and uses of orange essential oil is long and it includes properties such as anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antiseptic and it’s classed as an aphrodisiac too. So, whether you are a beginner with essential oils, or not, here are ten of the amazing benefits and uses of orange essential oil.
1. Reduces anxiety and depression
Although you should never use any essential oil as a replacement for medication that you may have been prescribed, orange essential oil does have a very good reputation for reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Research has suggested that the vapours of orange essential oil can calm the mind and reduce the pulse rate. The smell of oranges also often brings back happy memories to many people that will cheer them up.
2. It acts as diuretic
Orange essential is a diuretic, which means that it can speed up the processing of fluids through the body and increase the frequency of urination. This has a number of benefits including a reduction of gas, the faster detoxing of the body, an improved digestive system and a reduction in bloating. Orange essential oil should not be taken internally, though, without consulting a doctor first.
3. Treats acne
Since it has both anti-bacterial and inflammatory properties, orange essential oil can also be a very good remedy for acne. Like most essential oils, it is too strong to be used undiluted on the skin, so it should be mixed with carrier oil before use. Once diluted, though, you can apply it to your face and it will fight infections and soothe any swelling and redness.
4. Eases cramps
Massaged into the muscles with carrier oil, orange essential oil will ease cramps and reduce muscle spasms, so it can be an effective way to ease menstrual cramps. The antispasmodic properties of orange essential oil can also be very useful for easing a very persistent and heavy cough.
5. Use it as an antiseptic mouthwash
Because of its antiseptic properties, orange essential oil can be used as a mouthwash to treat mouth ulcers and the gum disease gingivitis. Its anti-inflammatory properties will also reduce swelling of the gums and ease the pain of ulcers. To use it as a mouthwash, just add a few drops of orange essential oil to a glass of water and swish it around your mouth.
6. It will act as a mild sedative
If you come home stressed out from a hard day at work, then put some orange essential oil in a diffuser and it will relax you and calm you down. Alternatively, you could add a few drops to your bath water and it will have the same effect. It does act as a mild sedative, so it will relax your mind and your muscles and help you get a better night’s sleep.
7. Eases a sore throat
As well its ant-microbial properties, orange essential oil also has pain killing analgesic properties. If you gargle with a mixture of water and a few drops of orange essential oil, it will help to fight the infection that causes a sore throat, reduce the inflammation and soothe the pain. We prefer to repeat that it’s best to consult a doctor before taking orange essential oil internally.
8. It is great for the skin
We have already mentioned that orange essential oil can be used to treat acne and it has other skin care benefits too. When applied on the skin mixed with carrier oil, orange essential oil will moisturise the skin, improve the blood flow and help to keep the pores of the skin clean. It is also very high in antioxidants that will help to stop lines and wrinkles appearing on the skin.
9. Freshens up the home
The beautiful citrusy scent of orange essential oil is a great way to freshen up your home. You can use the oil in a diffuser and it will work great as a long lasting air freshener and it won’t leave you with that faintly disinfectant like smell that some commercial air fresheners do.
10. Reduces the appearance of cellulite
Orange essential oil is also said to be very good for reducing the appearance of cellulite. If you massage a mixture of orange essential oil and carrier oil into the affected area, it will soften the epidermis, stimulate the flow of blood, and help to smooth out the unsightly lumps and bumps of cellulite.
Do you know other uses and benefits of orange essential oil?