Sweet, Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Sweet Orange essential oil is appealing to most people, especially children who love the sweet and sunny scent.

Uplifting Sweet Orange essential oil, Latin name Citrus sinensis, is cold-pressed from the ripe skins of the fruit. These citrus trees were introduced to europe in th 16th century by portugese explorers. It is thought to be native to the south west area of China, close to the Himilayas and India.

It is believed that Columbus brought oranges with him to the new world, where oranges grow in the West Indies, South America and the US (California & Florida)

Sweet Orange essential oil is helpful for:

  • feeling anxious or stressed

  • sleeplessness

  • digestion issues

  • oily skin


Sweet Orange essential oil is said to be non-toxic, non-irritant & non-sensitizing, although it may irritate sensitive skin. Cold-pressed Sweet Orange essential oil is considered a very low risk for photosensitivity.  It's always best to check your product information before buying your essential oils.

If you are using citrus essential oils in body products:

  • Use citrus oils in body products that are washed off of your body like bodywash and shampoo.

  • Don't apply photosensitive essential oils to areas of your body that are exposed to the sun; also don't use these oils if you are using a tanning bed. You may have a reaction up to 24 - 72 hours after using a photosensitive essential oil on your skin, and the signs may be visible for up to a few weeks afterward. 

  • Photosensitive essential oils are Bergamot, cold-pressed Lemon and  Lime,  Mandarin Leaf, Bitter Orange. (Other photosensitive essential oils are Angelica, Cumin, Cinnamon Bark & Rue.) You also have to be very careful of your dilutions (.04% - 1%, depending on the oil).

My Blog is for information only & is not meant to replace medical advice.

Essential oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.


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