The Avail of Sweet Orange

The Avail of Sweet Orange

You may be most familiar with orange essential oil as a food flavouring agent or an ingredient in some cleaning supplies. And though research on effectiveness for health purposes is limited, orange essential oil may also be useful in easing stress and anxiety (when used as aromatherapy) and improving acne (when used topically).

Sweet orange essential oil comes from Citrus sinensis, the oranges you are used to eating. It is derived from the fruit, especially the rind. It is mostly used in aromatherapy but has been studied for topical application (applied to the skin).

History of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Traditional medicine

In the Mediterranean region, Sweet Orange essential oil was used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of conditions, from the common cold to low libido, to skin infections and spasms while in China, Sweet Orange is the symbol of good fortune, hence used in medicine, as an offering and gift during Chinese New Year. It is believed thanks to the refreshing taste of sweet oranges grown by private orangeries, the Europeans were the first to discover the medicinal benefits of this citric fruit.

Health Benefits

There’s a reason behind why we are encouraged to inhale essential oils; it is to transmit messages to the limbic system, a region in the brain that processes emotions and regulates the autonomic nervous system. This system controls heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and gut motility.

Anxiety

The tranquility that comes with the sweet orange essential oil is evident in a research which revealed that men exposed to orange oil were less anxious, had better moods and alertness.

Another research with 20 women who inhaled equal concentrations of either orange or rose essential oil  as its subject experienced a sudden increase of oxyhemoglobin in the prefrontal cortex. This spike, a fully oxygenated hemoglobin is a strong indication of enhanced brain function, suggesting that the effects of the essential oils surpass psychological benefits. The women in the focus group used words like "comfortable," "relaxed," and “natural” to describe their emotional state, further suggesting a bridge between the physiological and psychological effects of aromatherapy. The researchers suggested that orange essential oil was more effective in bringing about relaxation.

Treat insomnia

It doesn’t come as a surprise that the sweet smelling orange oil can render your body and mind relaxed, treating sleep issues that are related to stress or depression.

Anti-inflammatory

Here’s a fun fact about the Sweet Orange Essential Oil — it possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is shown to be one of the most effective essential oils in combating pain and infection.

Anti-bacterial

Robust in antimicrobial characteristics, the Sweet Orange essential oil helps prevent infection and repairs the affected area. Other citric essential oils such as Grapefruit Oil and Bergamot Oil do the same deed.