First a disclaimer – I am not a doctor or aromatherapist and all information here regarding essential oils is from my personal research. If you have some serious medical condition, it is best to consult your doctor or other health professional before using some essential oils.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil as One Of the Essential Oils Recommended to Be Used in April.
It is almost spring here in our pretty cold, Canadian climate and after this long winter, we very much look forward to spring, when it will finally arrive with full force. For now we have just seen the first signs of spring in the form of crocuses coming out from the ground in a few places in our area. I have also found a couple of first crocuses beside our house yesterday. I hope there will be some more, but I am afraid, most of them were already eaten by squirrels, who like to dig them up.
I am just reading the book “Daily Aromatherapy – Transforming the Seasons of Your Life with Essential Oils” by Joni Keim and Ruah Bull. It is a very well written book about everyday use of essential oils having in mind their more spiritual aspect.
They recommend specific four or five essential oils for each month of the year and alternative oils to use in case you don’t have the one they recommend. For example for the month of April, they have chosen the following essential oils: Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) for joy, Mandarin for optimism, Petigrain for good relationships and Bergamot for hope. They say April is the second month of spring and a good time to open your heart to more joy and optimism for current life and the future. I think even without using these oils in spring we usually feel more optimistic, but certainly it is good idea to try using these oils to feel even better, particularly if you are feeling somehow low in energy or even depressed after the winter.
For energy balancing, Orange essential oil is associated with Sacral chakra.
Why I Like Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
For me it is quite easy to follow authors’ recommendation to use more of the Sweet Orange essential oil since it is one of my favorite essential oils. I use it quite often year round and love how it smells. It reminds me of summer, Mediterranean countries, vacation, holidays and just about oranges, which I also love to eat. I think its smell really helps me to relax and feel more optimistic, so give it a try if you need some energy boost.
My favorite Sweet Orange essential oils is therapeutic grade from Young Living. It is really of the highest quality without the addition of synthetic chemicals, unlike some other essential oils available in many stores. Such commercially available oils, are sometimes adulterated with synthetic chemicals, which could be harmful. Instead Young Living has very strict procedures when obtaining and packaging essential oils. Each of their essential oils is carefully checked by a laboratory to make sure it is very pure and has the optimal levels of components natural for each oil. You can read about their so called Seed to Seal process here.
The good thing about sweet orange essential oils is that even the best quality, like the one from Young Living, has very affordable price. It is one of the cheapest essential oils you can buy, so it is quite easy to try it out even when you are on a budget.
Interesting Fact – Three Different Kinds of Essential Oils Can be Obtained from Orange Tree.
An interesting thing to know is that orange trees are a source of not only so called Sweet Orange essential oil made from cold pressed skins of fresh oranges, but also 2 other valuable essential oil – Neroli and Petitgrain. Neroli essential oils is made from flowers and Petitgrain essential oil is obtained from orange leaves. Each of these essential oils has different aroma and properties.
Sweet Orange Essential Oil blends well with some other citrus oils like Lemon, Lime, Mandarin and Grapefruit, but also with many other essential oils like for example Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood and Lavender.
Other Benefits of Sweet Orange Essential Oil and How to Use It.
Besides using it in a diffuser to make your place small like oranges and to enhance a happy mood, this essential oils is considered as very beneficial to the normal and dry skin, but can also stimulate and brightens oily skin. I think like with most citrus cold pressed essential oils, it is best to avoid applying orange and some other essential oils from citrus family, when exposing the skin to the direct sun since these oils can make the skin more sensitive to light. However some sources say, this particular oil is is not phototoxic (so it should not make the skin more sensitive to light).
Generally, after using most of the citrus essential oils on the skin, it is best to avoid direct exposure to the sun for about 24 hours. Also, like with almost all essential oils, you should dilute orange essential oil with good quality carrier oil (like jojoba, almond, grape seed oil) before applying it to the skin and test it on the small part of skin first. As with all essential oils, avoid contact with the eyes.
Orange essential oils is also considered beneficial for the immune system. If you don’t have a diffuser yet, you can just place a few drops of the essential oil on a tissue and leave it where you can feel its smell. Also a good and easy way to smell this oil whenever you need it, even in public places like for example at work, is to use a small personal essential oils inhaler. It is a size of a lipstick and consists of a small plastic tube with a tight cap. You can place there a special cotton insert or just a little bit of clean cotton and then add one or more drops of essential oils (some essential oils are very strong and even a drop is enough). You can just open the inhaler to smell the oil. It is best to buy such inhalers with ready to use cotton inserts. You can buy them for example on Amazon here .
When you make such inhaler, or when you use orange essential oil in a diffuser, you can just use this oil by itself or try to mix it with some other essential oils from citrus family – for example with Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) or Lemon (Citrus limon). It will also combine nicely with Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia).
Children usually like the smell of orange essential oils so you can diffuse a little bit of it in the house if they like it. Its fresh, familiar and calming aroma is considered helpful for them for overcoming fear and anxiety. Just don’t overdue it. Diffuse for a few minutes and then turn it off. Then you can do it again a few times during the day when needed.
When buying orange or other citrus oils make sure they are fresh since their shelf life is pretty short compering to many other essential oils – only 1-2 years. If they are old they can oxidize and may cause skin sensitization. Keep the bottle in the dark, cool place.
Also be careful when using some citrus and a few other essential oils around cats. They could be toxic to them. Here is a good article about that.
Just Give Sweet Orange Essential Oil a Try.
I think if you like the smell of oranges and think Sweet Orange essential oil can be beneficial to you, or to your family, just give it a try. If you would like to find out more about Young Living essential oils and why I think they are so good quality and I like using them, you can check out this page.
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