Essential Oil – Orange
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Orange Essential Oil
Latin Name Citrus Sinensis
A zesty and refreshing fragrance.
Three different essential oils are obtained from the orange tree, Neroli from the lovely white flowers, Petitgrain from the leaves and Orange from the peel. The orange tree is native to China and India and was brought to Europe around the 17th century. These days it is abundant in the Mediterranean region of Israel and the Americas.
Long held as the symbol of innocence. Known in England around the 16th century. See Neroli for further history on the orange tree.
Helps relieve depression. Dispels tension and stress encouraging a positive outlook. Reviving when feeling bored and lacking in energy.
Seems to have a calming action on the stomach, especially on nervous states. Balancing on gastric complaints, diarrhoea and constipation. Stimulates bile and helps digest fats. Aids absorption of vitamin C which in turn wards off viral infection. Can help in reducing temperature. Helps with the formation of collagen, vital for growth and repair of body tissues. Use when suffering from lack of energy and to detoxify the system after overindulgence.
Effect on skin
Use to banish after sun wrinkles, dry skin and dermatitis. All in all a good skin tonic.
Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniperberry, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Neroli, Niaouli, Palmarosa, Petitgrain, Rose, Ylang Ylang.
Essential Oils to Avoid
Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon
Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage
High Blood Pressure – Rosemary
Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric
Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.
Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric
Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine
They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive.
Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.