Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
Part Used: Juice
Process: Steam Distillation
Orange Essence oil has a multitude of uses with a delightfully fresh and uplifting aroma like that of fresh-squeezed orange juice. It is one of the best oils for the digestive system due to its tonic effect on the stomach in combination with its ability to help circulate stagnant Qi energy that has accumulated in the stomach, liver and intestines.
Plant Description: Native to southern China, northeastern India, and/or southeastern Asia. Cultivated in the Middle East, the Mediterranean region, North and South America, North and South Africa, eastern China, and Indonesia; grown commercially in Brazil, California, Florida, Spain, Italy and France. Citrus sinensis is a small, subtropical tree that grows to a height of 28 feet, with fewer or no spines compared to the bitter orange tree, dark green ovate leaves, and fragrant white flowers. Citrus sinensis plants grown from seed are prone to root rot, therefore propagation is almost entirely by grafting C. sinensis budwood onto rootstock grown from seeds of C. aurantium var. amara (the bitter orange), a species much more resistant to root rot.
Oil Description: Pale yellow or colorless mobile liquid with a sweet, light, fresh-fruit aroma. Although citrus oils are prone to turning sour, careful storage will prolong the shelf life: in dark, tightly capped glass bottles stored in a dry, cool, dark place, with little or no air space above the surface of the oil (and preferably with an injection of nitrogen or other inert gas to replace the air).
Historical/Traditional Uses: (More to come)
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Orange Essence oil has anti-infectious, antiseptic, sedative, tonic, digestive, and uplifting properties, and is indicated for nervous stomach, oily complexion, indigestion, constipation, colds, flu, mouth ulcers, high cholesterol, water retention, insomnia, and depression. In perfumery, Orange Essence oil is considered a top note that blends well with cinnamon, clary sage, clove, coriander, cypress, frankincense, geranium, ho wood, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, neroli, nutmeg, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Orange Essence oil is generally non toxic; it may cause skin sensitization or irritation in some individuals. It is considered non-phototoxic due to the oil being distilled from the juice and pulp rather than pressed from the peels however, we suggest using caution if skin is exposed to strong sunlight within the first 24 hours of application.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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