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
Applications and Uses
Orange essential 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
Recipes and Ideas
- Air Fresheners and Room Sprays
- Fragrant Dishwashing Liquid
- Herbal Dream Pillow
- Holidays at Home Simmering Potpourri
Precautions / Contraindications
Orange oil is phototoxic.
Dermatitis can occur in select individuals.
Orange oil, as with all citrus oils, has a six month shelf life.
See also Essential Oils Safety and Usage.
References and Resources
See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.
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