Benefits of Using Orange Oil
Essential orange oil for medicinal or therapeutic purposes is usually extracted from the rind using a cold compress process to preserve its important chemical components:
- Alpha Pinene has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties.
- Citronellal is a natural insect repellent.
- Geranial is another natural insect repellent.
- Myrcene is a decongestant.
- Limonene is the main fragrant component of orange oil. It is used in natural therapy to help ease heartburn and other digestive disorders, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
- Linalool contains vitamin E and is the primary reason why orange oil is used in cosmetics. Linalool moisturises skin cells and helps reduce the damaging effects of free radicals.
Limonend and linalool are the 2 ingredients in orange oil most responsible for its inclusion in many commercial household cleaning agents. In concentrated form, they can cause minor skin irritation, so applying orange oil directly to the skin is not advised. Instead, look for natural beauty products that contain orange oil. These will have been formulated to give you all the benefits of orange oil and the other natural ingredients in the products. You can also use diluted orange oil for relaxation or as an insect repellent:
- Just 4 or 5 drops in a warm bath will release its soothing and relaxing aromatic ingredients as well as have benefits for your skin.
- Make a safe and natural insect repellent by blending about 20 drops of orange essential oil with a couple of teaspoons of a good quality career oil such as sunflower oil or grapeseed oil.