Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Latin name Citrus sinensis – Family species Rutacea
Sweet Orange is otherwise known as C aurantium var dulcis, China Orange, and Portugal Orange. (In addition to the expressed oil, there is also a “weaker” oil created by steam distillation.)
Also see Bitter Orange Essential Oil.
Oil Selection Guide
Color – Yellow to dark orange
Viscosity – Watery
Scent – Fruity, fresh, tangy, light, bright, refreshing, sweet, citrusy
Perfume Aroma – Top / middle note
Oil Source Information
Plant Type – Tree
Part Used – Rind / peel of fruit
Countries of Origin – China, Israel, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Italy, France, Spain, United States (California and Florida)
Extraction Method – Cold expression
Known Chemical Constituents
D limonene, n-decylic aldehyde, linalool, terpineol, b-carotin
Uses of Sweet Orange Oil
Orange oil is used in aromatherapy and as fragrance in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, soaps, detergents, toilet waters, perfumes, and eau de colognes. Also used to commercially flavor foods and beverages.
Sweet Orange blends well with
- black pepper
- clary sage
- clove bud
- eucalyptus citriodora
- may chang
- rose maroc
- rose otto
- sweet marjoram
- ylang ylang
Recipes and Ideas
- Air Fresheners and Room Sprays
- Fragrant Dishwashing Liquid
- Herbal Dream Pillow
- Holidays at Home Simmering Potpourri
Orange oil is phototoxic.
Dermatitis can occur in select individuals.
Orange oil, as with all citrus oils, has a six month shelf life.
* See Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See References and Resources page.
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