Orange

The oil from the rind is added to wood-care products to protect against insect damage...

Citrus aurantium

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Parts Used: oil from peel of fruit

Source: expression of the fresh ripe peel of the fruit of the small evergreen tree native to the Far East. Inferior grade steam distilled oil, obtained from the fruit pulp, is also available. Most of the oil is produced in Italy, Tunisia, Morocco and France.

Description and Odor Effect: a pale yellow liquid with a warm, sweet citrus scent. Its odor effect is uplifting, gentle and refreshing.

Nature: uplifting, soothing

Blends well with: benzoin, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemon, myrrh, nutmeg, petitgrain, sandalwood, ylang ylang

Physical Uses: Orange is antiseptic, contains vitamin C and is helpful for colds, influenza and bronchitis. As a digestive and stomachic it can be used to ease indigestion, constipation and chronic diarrhoea. It is a lymphatic stimulant, so it acts as a general detoxifier and can be added to skin lotions as an aide for oily skin conditions. It is reportedly useful in growth and repair of skin. Its soothing agents help with headache and as a muscle relaxant.

Mental and Emotional Uses: The mild sedative properties of orange relieve insomnia, anxiety, nervous tension and stress-related disorders. The glowing sunny essence of orange encourages joy and alleviates depression.

Caution: Phototoxic – avoid exposure to direct sunlight for several hours after applying the oils on the skin.

Try to use orange essential oil within one year of purchase as the aroma rapidly deteriorates with age.

Therapeutic Properties: antibacterial, anticoagulant, antidepressant, antiemetic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antipyorrhea, antiscorbutic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antistress, antitoxic, antitussive, antiviral, aperitif, aperitive, astringent, calmative, carminative, cholagogue, choleretic, depurative, digestive, disinfectant, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hemostatic, hepatic, hypotensor, hypnotic, laxative, nervine, refreshing, sedative, stimulant (digestive and lymphatic systems), stomachic, tonic, vasoconstrictor, vulnerary

Applications: massage, body oil, face oil, bath, mouthwash, compress, vaporize, air spray, burner, deodorizer

Keyword: Radiance

Orange Magic: When you eat an orange, think of a question you want answered; it must be a yes/no question. Count the seeds in the orange: if they are of an even number, the answer is no. If odd, yes.

Sweet Orange Harmony

Add these essential oils to 20 ml / 4 teaspoons carrier oil

To stabilize mood:

  • 4 drops Sweet Orange
  • 4 drops Australian Sandalwood
  • 2 drops Rose Absolute
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Home Essentials

  • One drop of lemon essential oil on a soft cloth will polish copper with gentle buffing.
  • When washing out the fridge, freezer or oven, add 1 drop of bergamont, grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange or mandarin essential oil to the final rinse water.
  • Essential oils of Atlas cedarwood, cypress, frankincense, myrrh and vetiver all make wonderful firewood oils. Drop approximately 2-3 drops of oil or blend of your choice on a dried log and allow time for the oil to soak in before putting the log on the fire.
  • Flies and moths dislike lavender oil. Sprinkle it on the outside of your window frames.

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Body Essentials

  • Overindulge last night? Essential oils of carrot seed, cedarwood, fennel, grapefruit, juniper berry, lavender and lemon help soften the effects of a hangover. Make your own blend from these oils and use a total of 6-8 drops in a bath.
  • 6 – 8 drops of eucalyptus oil in the bath cools the body in summer and protects it in winter.
  • Add 1 drop geranium oil to your facial moisturizer to bring out a radiant glow in your skin.
  • Place 1 or 2 drops of rosemary on your hair brush before brushing to promote growth and thickness.

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Creating a Balanced Blend

For a balanced massage blend, combine the essential oil drops in these proportions of essential oil "notes":

  • 3 drops Base Note
  • 7 drops Middle Note
  • 5 drops Top Note

For a total of 15 drops of essential oils per 30ml (1 oz) of carrier oil.


Top notes are the first impression of the blend; short-lived, yet brilliant. Top notes are sharp, penetrating, first to evaporate, extreme, and either hot or cold. Top notes provide the "ahhhh" in a blend.


Middle notes give body to blends - the developing phase with breadth and variety. Middle notes are warm, round, soft and mellow. Middle notes often provide the bulk, 50% to 80%, of the blend.


Base Notes are the final, lasting message of the blend; they deepen your blend and draw it into the skin, giving it roots and permanence. Base notes are deep, intense, rich and sensual. Base notes should be used sparingly, about 5%, so as not to overpower the blend.


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