Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
It's hard to mistake the familiar aroma of Sweet Orange essential oil!
I find myself smiling every time I breathe it in. Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) has such a bright, fresh scent that reminds me of warm summer days, feeling happy and healthy, and the sense that anything is possible.
In this Spotlight, I'll share some of the many ways you can use Sweet Orange essential oil for:
- Stress relief
- Massage oil
- Easing muscle tension
- Immune support
- Natural cleaning
- Moisturizing body oil
- Feeling optimistic
Orange is one of those very versatile essential oils that we can use for a wide variety of things. Pain relief, immunity, relaxation, positive energy, natural cleaning, and even digestion. If you only have a small collection of essential oils, Sweet Orange is definitely worth a space in your "kit." You really can do so much with it!
Sweet Orange "Bye Bye Stress" Inhaler
Tension, both physical and emotional, just seems to melt away under Orange's sunny glow.
Got the blues? Use some Orange! (Haha, I love saying that!)
Sweet Orange essential oil helps everything flow more smoothly. I love Orange in blends that encourage digestion, relaxation, optimistic energy, clear thoughts, and overall health and happiness.
Orange is a great reassuring sidekick. You can keep it with you all the time by making an Aromatherapy inhaler.
Bye Bye Stress Inhaler
Aromatherapy inhalers are so great—they're about the size and shape of a lip balm tube, so an inhaler can go with you anywhere. No one smells the essential oils but you. They are perfect at the office or on a plane, when you might want a little boost of "essential support," but don't want the aroma of the oils to fill the whole space. They're easy to make, too!
Never made an Aromatherapy inhaler before?
This quick video walks through through the process step by step.
Sweet Orange Massage Oil . . . with Vanilla!
If you’ve been sitting too long
at a desk and your shoulders
and neck are tight . . .
. . . Sweet Orange would be the friend who comes up behind you to massage your shoulders!
One of my favorite massage oil recipes is made with Sweet Orange essential oil in vanilla-infused jojoba—jojoba that’s been steeped with vanilla oleoresin.
Vanilla & Orange Massage Oil
• 2 oz (60 ml) vanilla-infused jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)
• 20 drops Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
Blend the two oils in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle with a flip top.
If you love this massage oil as much as I do, you can easily increase the recipe to make more. (I usually make 2 to 4 oz/120 ml each time.)
If you've never used vanilla-infused jojoba, I think you might just have a new favorite carrier when you try it! It is so simple, yet so decadent. As I mentioned, it's just pure jojoba that's been infused with vanilla oleoresin. (It can also be made with vanilla bean pods.) After a few weeks, the jojoba smells just like vanilla.
You can find it ready made at suppliers like Aromatics International. But you can also . . .
The process is simple. And the oleoresin doesn't lose its warm vanilla aroma over time. That means you can reuse the same oleoresin again and again to keep making your own luxurious vanilla jojoba!
Sweet Orange Essential Oil Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner
Natural cleaners help support immunity in two ways:
1. You're inhaling natural, pure oils as you clean.
2. You're not inhaling toxic chemical cleaners!
Citrus essential oils are excellent natural cleaners. They can reduce germs while boosting your body's natural immunity. I use natural cleaning products with citrus essential oils just about every day to support my immunity.
Here's a recipe that can clean all kitchen and bathroom surfaces that respond well to water.
Kitchen and Bathroom Cleaner
• 14 oz (420 ml) water
• 2 oz (60 ml) white vinegar
• 20 drops Lemon (Citrus limon)
• 20 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
• 20 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
Blend your water, white vinegar, and essential oils in a 16 oz (1 pint) spray bottle. Spray freely and wipe with a towel or sponge. Please note that the shelf life for this cleanser is a few weeks. Be sure to make a fresh batch after that.
I suggest spot testing this on a small area of your countertop (or any surface you want to clean) to be sure it's going to respond well to the essential oils. Most surfaces are fine, but it's best to be sure!
Replacing chemical cleaners with all-natural,
essential oil versions is a key way that you can support your health.
When you're surrounded by potentially toxic chemicals, your body's immunity has to be "on alert" all the time. It's a low level of stress that can create ongoing symptoms. Essential oils offer us a more natural, supportive way . . . and they smell a lot better!
Sweet Orange Winter Moisturizing Oil
Sweet Orange essential oil has such a bright, summery aroma . . . and I love using it in the winter. (Of course you can use it any time of year!)
One of my favorite winter moisturizer blends is made with Sweet Orange and Cardamom essential oils in a base of coconut oil. The aroma is spicy, warm, sweet, and tropical. This is such a comforting, cozy, uplifting blend (perfect for cold times of year).
Sweet Orange Winter Moisturizer
• 1 oz (28 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
• 6 drops Sweet Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis)
• 6 drops Cardamom essential oil (Elettaria cardamomum)
Just put your coconut oil in a PET plastic jar or bottle, then stir in your essential oils. You’re done!
I use raw, unrefined coconut oil, which helps to relieve dryness, itching, and irritated skin (including chronic conditions).
A little bit of this moisturizer goes a long way! Dab a bit on your finger, and you’ll see it spreads almost all over one arm. You can also use a bit as a protective hair moisturizer, but be sure to start small—if you use too much, you’ll have to wash your hair all over again!
The ESSENTIAL Sweet Orange Room Spray!
Orange essential oil is special in that it is both uplifting and relaxing at the same time. It’s right at home in blends meant to perk you up, and equally comfortable in blends that help you slip off to sleep.
I use it in room sprays and linen sprays. It brightens and opens rooms, and wraps warmly around me in bed.
Sweet Orange Essential Room and Linen Spray
I call this a room spray, but there are so many ways you can use it!
Here are a few ideas . . .
Spray your sheets with it before bed. (Cuddling up in sheets spritzed with essential oils is so luxurious!)
Take it with you when you travel. Spritz the hotel room and bed with it—it makes a hotel room so much more comforting.
Use it as an upholstery, curtain, and even a carpet spray to freshen up the scent and add some ambience to any room.
I suggest making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks, since it's made in water and there are no preservatives in it.
And I have to "warn you" . . . Once you starting making room and linen sprays, it can be addictive! There's no end to the variety of aromas you can create and the moods you can inspire with your room sprays.
Want another fun one to get you started?
Try this Vetiver, Orange, and Lavender Spray!
Did you love these Orange recipes?
Want to use Orange more effectively in your own blends? I created a two-hour in-depth study of Orange essential oil that you’ll love! It’s called the Orange Spotlight Webinar.
Taking the five recipes in this Spotlight, the webinar focuses on all things Orange—how it’s produced, its therapeutic effects, its chemistry, the safety concerns associated with it, and so much more. Here are a few things you’ll learn:
- The 5 ways Orange can shine in your blends
- How the other 6 oils in the recipes work with Orange: Frankincense, Cedarwood, Lemon, Grapefruit, Cardamom, and Neroli.
- The 1 reason Orange is so good at everything it does, from helping you relax to cleaning your kitchen (the same reason makes it good at both!)
This two-hour immersion study into a single essential oil is a great way to deepen your knowledge about it in a way that fits into your schedule. Understanding Orange on this level will help you use it with more confidence to create specific benefits with your blends—benefits you may not have thought of before!