Light, sweet and sour and such a sunny scent with delicious summer notes will not confuse orange essential oil with anything else. A bright, rich fruity scent that instantly lifts your mood is not the only advantage of this product. Due to the simple process of obtaining and the affordability of raw materials, it belongs to the category of the most affordable.
Orange essential oil: properties, production methods
Outwardly, it is an orange-yellow fluid liquid. In a rather complex composition, pigments and dyes are present, therefore, orange essential oil leaves characteristic marks on a napkin or clothes.
The product is obtained by cold pressing or hydrodistillation from the zest of the fruit (flowers and leaves are not used). The best and highest quality oils are considered to be of Spanish or Guinean origin. Products from America and Brazil are also appreciated.
Orange oil is best mixed and combined with other citrus and pine oils. Also considered complementary aromas: geranium, rose, ylang-ylang, juniper, cinnamon, jasmine, nioli, incense, chamomile, nutmeg, oregano, sage, cloves and coriander.
Orange essential oil: uses in aromatherapy
The mild and warm scent of this oil belongs to the group of soothing and psychologically warming agents. Citrus notes:
- improve mood and normalize the emotional state;
- cope with fatigue;
- relieve anxiety, feelings of internal discomfort and anxiety;
- eliminate insomnia and sleep disturbances.
As a medicine, orange essential oil is used:
- for the prevention and treatment of gum disease;
- with fluid retention and edema;
- with violations of blood circulation;
- in the fight against cellulite and in the treatment of obesity;
- for the relief of joint, muscle, headache or menstrual pain.
Orange essential oil: application in cosmetology
The product has become widespread in the field of cosmetology, showing itself as an effective regenerating agent for the skin. Emulsions and creams enriched with aromatic oil help to increase elasticity and reduce wrinkles, have a vitaminizing, whitening and protective effect.
Orange oil is great for the face: it tightens pores, removes acne scars, evens out skin texture and tone, and normalizes oiliness.
As part of hair cosmetics, this product helps to combat excessive dry scalp and dandruff.
Dosages and contraindications
Before using orange essential oil, do a sensitivity test without fail! To do this, apply the drop to the crook of your elbow or to the skin behind your ear. If there are no discomfort or itching for several hours, you can start using.
Orange oil is a phototoxic, so limit application to your skin on clear, sunny days. It should also be used with care by pregnant women suffering from citrus allergies, gallstone disease and hypotension.
- A standard recipe to improve the properties of cosmetics (cream, tonic, lotion or milk) - 5 drops of aromatic oil per 15 grams of base. These formulations are optimal for dry, normal and sensitive skin.
- By pre-dissolving 5 drops of the product in milk or honey, orange essential oil can be used for deliciously aromatic, revitalizing aroma baths.
- For massage, you can mix 2 drops of aroma oil with base oil or special cream.