Have you ever noticed the slight amount of oil that leaches out when cut into an orange or “zested” its skin to use the outer peel in recipes? The strong taste and aroma that come from the oils are exactly what’s concentrated in orange essential oil. A potent formula of orange’s active ingredients is responsible for its healing abilities.
The most prominent active ingredients in orange oil are limonene (which is about 85–96 percent of the extract) and myrcene (0.5–3 percent). Limonene is especially considered a powerful antioxidant that fights free radical damage and inflammation that can lead to various diseases. These compounds are considered types of monoterpenes that are a dietary component in many citrus oils that have demonstrated anti-tumor activities.
According to research, the benefits of orange oil include:
- Fighting cancerous tumors
- Increasing circulation
- Killing bacteria and pathogens
- Decreasing wrinkles
- Improving complexion
- Easing anxiety
- Decreasing hypertension
- Household Cleaning
As an all-natural method for improving immune function and fighting various ailments, orange oil has been a popular remedy in folk medicine throughout the Mediterranean, India and China for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Throughout history, orange oil has been used to treat widespread conditions, including: poor digestion, chronic fatigue, depression, oral and skin infections, colds, flu, and low libido. It’s considered an effective antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, deodorant, digestive stimulant and circulation-booster!
D-limonene, which comprises over 90 percent of orange peel oil, is a monoterpene that has strong chemo-preventive activity since it’s been shown to reduce tumor growth in many animal studies. Research suggests that monoterpenes block mammary, skin, liver, lung, pancreas and stomach cancers. The ability to fight carcinogenesis is likely due to the induction of Phase II carcinogen-metabolizing enzymes, resulting in carcinogen detoxification. Monoterpenes also help induce apoptosis and growth-regulating proteins.
Blends Well With: Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Coriander Seed, Eucalyptus-Lemon (Citriodora), Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, May Chang (Litsea cubeba), Sweet Marjoram, Myrrh, Neroli (Orange Blossom), Nutmeg, Patchouli, Petitgrain, Rose, Sandalwood, Vetivert, and Ylang Ylang.
Scent: citrus, sugary sweet with floral backnote
Contraindications: Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing. Do not use undiluted before sun exposure.