Certified Organic African Sweet orange - Citrus Sinensis L.
Our Sweet Orange oil is cold-pressed from certified organic orange peels from South Africa.
Growing & Harvesting method: Certified organic expressed
Perfumery Note: Top
Aroma: Sweet, citrusy, tangy, intense, concentrated
Aromatic Intensity: 3-4
Scent Group: Citrus
Colour: Yellowy orange to dark orange
Perfume Note: Middle
Blends well with: other citrus oils, vetiver, sandalwood, amyris, cedarwood, lavender, florals such as ylang ylang, geranium, rose, cinnamon and clove and other spices.
Chemical Composition: Around 93% Limonene, 2.8% B Myrcene and .08% a-Pinene
As Patricia Davis points out so eloquently - with the orange tree producing orange oil, neroli and petitgrain, "what generosity of spirit this tree offers us".
Orange oils creates an uplifting happy atmosphere. Use it when you are feeling sad or down. It nourishes and creates happiness. Children love the aroma of orange oil.
Sweet orange oil is cited in research as an antidepressant, antispetic, anstispasmodic, carminative, cholagogue, digestice, lumphatic, stimulant, sedative, as well as being antimicrobial, antispetic and anxiolytic.
You may wish to use sweet orange in formulations with other oils to support swollen tissues, cellulite, acne or dry and irritated skin, as well as rough or calloused skin (Battaglia, S., Complete Guide to Aromatherapy)
Sweet orange can be used in foot baths, baths, massage, skin care, compresses, diffusion or inhalation.
Chakra: Linked with the solar plexus and sacral chakras.
Astrology: Leo, Saggitarius
For antiseptic or supercial infection care blend at a ratio of 1:1 with lavandula angustifolia at a total blend ratio of 3% diluted in carrier oil.
For holistic emotional wellbeing consider diffusing with grapefruit, melissa leaf, palmarosa or ylang ylang, chamomile, jasmine or a blend of all at an equal part ratios. If using topically dilute to a maximum ratio of 3%.
Cautions/Contraindications: Generally considered safe (GRAS) however may cause skin irritation so always best to dilute
Citrus oils are easily oxidised. It is often best to keep them in a fridge. Ensure that the bottle does not have too much air in it. Personally if I have purchased a 10ml bottle and find myself with say 3 ml left, I will decant that into a smaller bottle to extend shelf life to prevent oxidisation. You will smell when oils are rancid. If your orange oil becomes rancid over the years, simply put into a spray bottle with some distilled water and use as an antibacterial spray in your shower or toilet areas.