There's more to oranges besides their sweet fragrance and juicy goodness. The oil extracted from the orange peels with the help of cold pressing technique has a calming effect on the body. The active ingredient present in this oil is known as d-limonene, which lends it a fruity aroma and induces a sense of calm to anyone who consumes it. Besides being a mood elevator, this oil offers several health benefits. This oil is made from both sweet and sour oranges. The color of the oil could be yellow or brown, depending on the types of oranges. It is of a very thin consistency. It is believed that this oil is anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic in nature. It also works well as an aphrodisiac and antidepressant. It is also a great diuretic.
Aromatherapy is a great healing technique for those who are under a lot of stress. Orange essential might prove to be an effective massage oil as:
► It can help increase one's appetite.
► It can also help rejuvenate the skin.
► It can also provide relief to those affected by flatulence.
► Due to its antiseptic properties, it can be used by those who have mouth ulcers.
► It also helps in providing relief from sore muscles or muscle spasms.
As a Household Product
► This oil can be used for household cleaning. You could also use it to get rid of ants and termites. The high pH and citric acid content is very useful in killing the termites. Since this oil is non-toxic in nature, you can spray it in the house. You can spray it on the wood to get rid of termites.
► It has the capacity to dissolve plastic or rubber. You can also use it to clean the countertops, grills, and floors.
► Besides cleaning, de-greasing, and pest control, one can also use the citrus-scented candles.
► The sweet orange oil, which is the oil that is extracted from the peels of sweet oranges, is also used in soaps, detergents, perfumes, and other cosmetics due to its sweet fragrance.
► This oil can also be used to add citrus flavor to some of the recipes. You could mix this oil with honey while make a refreshing citrus tea or add it to baked dishes that require a citrus or tangy flavor.
If you are planning to apply this oil topically or ingest it, it would be advisable to first find out if you are allergic to it or not. Always read the instructions on the label before using this oil.