When I first started writing blog articles, it was suggested that I write about Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil. At that time I thought the topic too simple because it seemed that everyone knew that Sweet Orange was a happy oil. Since that time I have read research articles about the use of the oil, and decided it was a worthy oil that deserved its time in the sun.
Speaking of sunshine, that is the thing I equate with Orange essential oil. The sun and and the orange fruit are round, bright, and put people in a good mood. During the winter, when the sun can disappear for days, it is good to bring out your Sweet Orange essential oil and think about mood-brightening sunshine.
The tangy and sweet oil is not only helpful during the winter, but all year round as it aids the digestive process by eliminating toxins and constipation. It helps with overindulgence and acts as a diuretic, so many look to it in weight loss programs. The essential oil is also useful in skincare because it benefits dull, oily, wrinkled, or puffy skin while strengthening the epidermis and supporting cell hydration and regeneration.
Now we come back to why the well-known scent of Sweet Orange is a happy one. As an antidepressant it reduces stress and tension. Inhalation of the oil has been shown to reduce anxiety in several studies. One study looked at the pulse rate and cortisol, a.k.a. the stress hormone, levels of children during dental treatment. Researchers concluded that “essential oil of orange could reduce salivary cortisol and pulse rate due to child anxiety.” So, if children inhale the oil prior to seeing the dentist it can be calming.
Another group researched the effects of inhaled Sweet Orange oil on adults in an anxiety-provoking situation. The results indicated a reduction in anxiety upon the inhalation of “sweet orange aroma, giving some scientific support to its use as a tranquilizer by aromatherapists.”
After all that science, I leave you with this tranquil bath recipe:
1 ounce carrier oil
2 drops Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
3 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil
2 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil
Place carrier oil in a bottle and add essential oils. Swirl to blend. Add to a bedtime bath after the water has filled the tub. For adults, use twice the amount of essential oils in 1 oz of carrier oil.