SWEET ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL
Scientific name: Citrus sinensis
Family name: Rutaceae
Form: cold-pressed essential oil
BEST FOR COUPEROSE, MATURE, STRESSED AND WEATHERED SKIN
- circulatory stimulant
Orange—specifically, sweet orange—refers to the citrus tree Citrus sinensis and its fruit. Oranges are believed to be the Golden Apples of mythological fame and are regarded as a symbol of fertility due to the fact that they can produce flowers and fruit at the same time. The peel from unsprayed oranges is the part used medicinally and from which the essential oil is made. Its properties for skin include: antibacterial, strong antifungal, anti-inflammatory, slightly astringent, cleansing, degreasing, lymphatic and circulatory stimulant, skin conditioning and nutritive (containing vitamins A, B, & C). The high content of bioflavonoids helps to strengthen the capillaries and tissues of the body. It is recommended for all skin types except for severely dry, but particularly beneficial for dull, stressed-out, mature and weathered skin. The essential oil is good for the following skin conditions: acne, seborrhea and cellulite. Orange flower water, made from the tree’s blossoms, is used for acne, dry and chapped skin, broken capillaries, to stimulate new cell growth (cell regeneration) and restore the skin’s acid mantle. The essential oil of the sweet orange is delightfully bright and cheery, highly antidepressant, calming, and is described as a sweet citrus top note. As a bath and massage oil it promotes relaxation and stress relief. Emotional benefits include ease of: anxiety, disappointment, emotional and mental fatigue, hysteria, nervousness and tension. The oil can be used as an appetite suppressant, to move chi and to dry dampness. The blossoms are sedative.