Orange oil can be used to help with a long list of medical conditions. If you are looking for a more natural way to treat your body and mind, whether it be anxiety, stomach pains or trouble sleeping, orange oil can be an alternative and effective treatment. Remember to always test the oil before applying on large areas of the body and always consume in moderation and never by itself.
As with any essential oil, including orange, quality is of the utmost importance. A high quality oil will be distilled from ingredients that were grown without the use of chemical pesticides, harvested correctly and were extracted correctly to preserve oil molecules. The provider of your oil should stand behind their product and should have conducted third-party testing of every batch to ensure quality. Here is a brief introduction to conditions that orange oil may be able to help with.
As An Anxiety Reliever
The smell of orange oil alone can help to instantly push your mood into a more positive light. Because of its abilities to create a happy and relaxed feeling, it is often used to treat individuals suffering from depression or chronic anxiety. Scientific research has shown that the oil helps to reduce pulse rate and provide an overall calming effect throughout the body. You can also use the oil to help with fear, mental exhaustion and nervous tension. Try adding several drops to a a hot bath for a spa like experience that is sure to have positive results. When you’re on the go, rub a drop of oil in between your hands and run through your hair or rub on your temples to keep the smell with you all day.
As A Digestive Aid
Orange oil can help the body get rid of excess gas. It can also help with other constipation and diarrhea. To apply the oil, mix it with an equal amount of coconut oil and apply it to the stomach in a circular motion. Consuming the oil may help prevent stomach issues from occurring. Add a drop to a bottle of water or hot tea for prevention.
As A Heart Protector
Heart palpitations can be scary if you don’t know what is happening. They give you the feeling that your heart is beating too hard or too fast and possibly skipping beats or fluttering. They usually aren’t harmful or serious but they can be bothersome. They are often related to stress and anxiety or may be brought on by consuming too much caffeine or alcohol or by heavy smoking. Orange oil can help stop heart palpitations almost as quickly as they begin. Massage a single drop of the oil directly on the chest when the palpitations start or up to three times daily to prevent them from starting in the first place.
As An Immune System Booster
Oranges themselves are known as a great power food that can boost the immune system with their large amounts of vitamin C. Orange oil also contains the valuable vitamin, which can be found in high concentrations in immune system cells. When the body is facing an infection, the vitamin is consumed quickly and needs to be replenished. Scientists are a little unsure how vitamin C interacts with the immune system but there is no doubt that it can help the body fight infections and illness, most notably the common cold. Try mixing one drop of orange oil with hot water for a tea that will feel great while drinking and can help you feel better much faster.
As A Natural Cosmetic
Orange essential oil is a great ingredient in lotions, face washes, shampoos and other body products. When applied to the skin, it can promote the production of collagen and also increase blood flow to the skin. This helps remove puffiness around the eyes and can also help wrinkles and fine lines virtually disappear. It is also very soothing for dry and irritated skin and may help clear acne. It is great for certain skin conditions, including eczema and dermatitis. For thick and difficult to remove calluses on the feet, orange oil may help to soften the callus and make it easier to remove. By mixing orange oil with a carrier oil and massaging it into problem areas, cellulite can be removed. Do not apply orange oil to the skin before sun exposure to avoid painful blisters and irritation.
As An Aphrodisiac
Orange oil contains mild aphrodisiac properties. By using the oil on a regular basis, it may be able to cure problems such as erectile dysfunction, impotence, decreased libido and frigidity. Try diffusing the oil throughout the room to help improve your sex life.
As A Cooking Agent
Orange oil doesn’t have to stay in the bathroom medicine cabinet. It can also be added to plenty of dishes in the kitchen. The oil adds a sweet taste and can add a unique flavor profile to chicken and turkey marinades, cakes and cookies or almost any Asian inspired dish. As long as the oil is of a high quality it can be added in lieu of orange zest or juice. Remember that oil is much more potent than juice or any other part of a fresh orange so use sparingly. Often a drop or even half a drop is all that’s needed.
As An Sleeping Aid
If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for long periods of time, you may be suffering from insomnia. Most people are affected by insomnia at some point in their life and although it isn’t usually permanent it can cause a domino effect of problems because sleep is crucial to your overall state of well being. Orange oil may help get your body back on a regular sleep schedule. The calming effects of orange oil combined with its sedative qualities can help someone fall asleep faster and stay asleep. Try diffusing the oil throughout the entire room or placing a few drops on pillow cases or sheets, as long as the oil doesn’t come into direct contact with the skin.