Plant/part: Fruit/peel (source: mediterranean, israel and americas)
Latin name: Citrus sinensis/vulgaris/aurantium
Aroma: A zesty and refreshing citrus fragrance.
Properties: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative , digestive, febrifuge, sedative, stomachic, tonic. This oil has a rich, fresh citrus scent, the essential oil of orange lifts the spirits yet is calming to the nerves. Blend with spicy oils for cheering baths. Add to massage oil for digestive system. Believed to brighten dull complexions.
Seems to have a very calming action on the stomach especially in nervous states, quells the proverbial butterflies. Physical ailments may be helped too – balancing gastric complaints like diarrhoea and constipation. It also stimulates bile and could help digestion of fats. May well encourage the appetite so beware if dieting. Dispels tension and stress encouraging a positive outlook. Reviving when feeling bored and lacking in energy. Builds absorption of vitamin c which action could ward off viral infections. Seems to have a good effect on colds, bronchitis and fever conditions by bringing down temperature. Helps with the formation of collagen, vital (or growth and repair of body tissues and together with its relaxing nature seems to be an effective palliative with painful and sore muscles as well as rickety bones. Its relaxing nature could be beneficial to insomnia brought on by anxiety. In the same way possibility of bringing down high levels of cholesterol in the blood.
Chemical constituents: Limonene (terpene) , citral, citronellal, geraniol, linalol, perminol,bergapten, auraptenol and acids.
Precautions: Prolonged use and high dosage may irritate sensitive skin and there is a chance of photo-toxicity as well. Warning: do not use this oil on the skin or in baths 12 hours prior to sun or sunlamp exposure.
Blends: Angelica, cinnamon, coriander, clove, cypress, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, nutmeg, petitgrain rose, rosewood.