It’s hard to think of anything that’s not happy and warm with an orange. So it makes complete sense that orange essential oil is up there on the charts as one of the most uplifting, invigorating oils you can have in your aromatherapy toolbox.
Strangely enough, orange essential oil can be somewhat complex. It’s a relatively light scent, so you have to add enough to a base to smell it…but put too much in or blend it with other citrus oils and it can actually create skin irritations that feel like a (very bad) sunburn due to its phototoxic properties.
Let’s break it down so you can fully enjoy the benefits of Orange EO with confidence.
In this post we’re going to cover the basic science behind orange essential oil, phototoxicity, proper dilution rates, where to purchase your oils & other natural ingredients, and an amazing resource that has over 400 herbs & essential oil recipes that you can easily make at home.
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ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL OVERVIEW
- Latin name: Citrus sinensis (most common)
- Plant part: Orange rinds
- Method: Cold-pressed
TYPES OF ORANGE Essential Oil:
- Sweet Orange, Blood Orange, Mandarin Orange, Neroli, +
- Sweet and Blood Orange Essential Oil have the same physical/psychological benefits – usage between the two is due to aromatic preferences only
- Translation: Use whichever one you personally like the smell of best!
- Sweet Orange Essential Oil: Citrusy and sweet
- Blood Orange Essential Oil: Citrusy and tart (this is actually a type of sweet orange)
BLENDING Orange WITH OTHER ESSENTIAL OILS:
- Combines beautifully with citrus (all), cedarwood, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, lavender, rosemary, and more
- Note: If blending with another citrus or other phototoxic oils, do not apply topically – use in a diffuser or aroma stick only (see more on this below).
BENEFITS OF ORANGE Essential Oil:
- An incredibly uplifting oil that is said to help combat stress, cold/flu symptoms, and is used in a variety of skin care recipes. Antibacterial and frequently used in natural cleaning products. One of the most popular essential oils, coming in close second to lavender.
USES FOR ORANGE Essential Oil IN SKIN CARE:
- Reduces redness, brightens complexion, heals minor skin abrasions, detoxifies skin, diminishes appearance of pores, eliminates bacteria
USES FOR ORANGE Essential Oil IN AROMATHERAPY:
- Relieves stress and anxiety, uplifting (yet relaxing), induces sleep, improves sleep quality, neutralizes odors, strengthens immune system, natural aphrodisiac, improves memory recall
PHOTOTOXICITY AND ORANGE Essential Oil:
- In layman’s terms…citrus oils are phototoxic oils, meaning they can cause skin irritations when applied to the skin and then exposed to sunlight.
- Though orange is considered a citrus, the orange essential oils that we are discussing in this post (sweet orange and blood orange) are actually quite safe to use when properly diluted.
- However, when mixed with other phototoxic oils, they can become more intense and make you very vulnerable to a burny-skin-reaction (also known as phototoxic reaction) if exposed to sunlight within 24 hours of topical application.
- These skin reactions are similar to an intense sunburn (blisters and all) and can last anywhere from an hour to a week, with marks remaining for months in serious cases.
- If you want to mix several phototoxic oils together, your best bet is to:
ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL DILUTIONS FOR THE NATURAL FAMILY:
- Sweet Orange can be used on most healthy children with caution and proper dilution
- 0% NO orange essential oil on babies under 6 months (no essential oils in any case on children under 3 months)
- 0.25% dilution for 6 months to 2 years
- 0.5% dilution for 2 years to 6 years
- 0.75% dilution for 6 years to 15 years
- Orange can be used during pregnancy, but keep it to 2nd and 3rd trimesters only
- 0.5% dilution
- Orange can be used if nursing (on parts of your body that will not transfer to baby)
- 0.5% dilution
- Orange dilution rate for a healthy adults (that are not pregnant or nursing) 16 years and up with daily usage
- 1% dilution
- NOTE: When using the EO Dilution Chart below, the TOTAL amount of essential oils should be the percentage indicated.
- For example, if you are mixing lavender and orange (a popular and lovely scent combo), make sure you stick to 1% orange essential oil and 1% lavender essential oil for a total of 2% essential oil dilution rate for a healthy adult.
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Essential Oil DILUTION BASICS
SO WHAT DOES IT ACTUALLY MEAN TO DILUTE?
Diluting anything means that you are lowering the concentration of a liquid by adding another liquid to it so that it is thinner/weaker than when by itself.
As an example, a 1% essential oil dilution on children 2 to 6 years old would measure out to be 3 drops of EO in a 10mL bottle of carrier oil (the most popular roller size). A little goes a long way, and diluting does not decrease the effectiveness of an essential oil.
Essential oils must be diluted to be used safely and comfortably on the skin. A typical healthy adult can use a 2% dilution on the daily…that small number speaks volumes about the strength and power of one little drop of oil.
It’s real, legit medicine straight from nature.
By diluting an essential oil, you are spreading the molecules out so that they can be absorbed into the skin safely and easily (thus allowing them to get into your bloodstream and do some cool science).
WHAT DO YOU DILUTE ESSENTIAL OILS WITH?
Essential oils can be added to mannnnyyyy different types of base recipes to create personal care products such as lip balm, soap, lotion bars, facial serums, etc.
However, most natural family DIY aromatherapy and essential oil use is done by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil and applying it with a roller bottle.
A carrier oil is a base (usually a vegetable oil) that is used to dilute essential oils and they carry the EO into the skin. Aptly named, yeah? Our favorite five are Apricot Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) is actually a liquid wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This ‘oil’ is not greasy and non-allergenic, safely used around the eyes and on the skin. Incredibly similar to the oil our skin naturally produces so it is quickly and easily absorbed, making it a wonderful carrier for essential oils.
HOW DO YOU Dilute Essential Oils?
How much you dilute not only depends on the age and health of the individual, but also the type of essential oil you are using. Hot oils that warm your skin upon application (such as cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, lemongrass) will have much, much lower dilution rates than a floral oil such as lavender.
There are exceptions to every rule, and essential oils are no different. In certain cases, you can use a higher dilution rate for spot treatments, pains, and other non-daily applications (such as bug bites or burns). Speak to your doctor or aromatherapist for dilution and frequency recommendations for your particular situation.
With the above disclaimers being said, you can use the dilution chart below as a general guideline for many essential oils on a healthy individual after doing a spot test to check for any sensitivities or allergies.
Repeated from above: When using the EO Dilution Chart below with orange essential oil, the TOTAL amount of essential oils should be the percentage indicated.
For example, if you are mixing lavender and orange (a popular and lovely scent combo), make sure you stick to 1% orange essential oil and 1% lavender essential oil for a total of 2% essential oil dilution rate for a healthy adult that is not pregnant or nursing.
WHERE DO YOU Buy ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL?
Rocky Mountain Oils. Do yourself a favor and BOOKMARK that site! Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) is the only essential oil company that we partner with for multiple reasons:
- They have amazing educational resources on their website, several of which are specifically for mommas and kids. *
- Rocky Mountain Oils is NOT an MLM company, which means their prices are lower than other well-known essential oil companies and their employees are treated and paid fairly.
- They have free shipping on all U.S. orders.
- There is a loyalty rewards program, so you get more bang for your buck on future purchases.
- They have a S.A.A.F.E. program that guarantees PURE and NATURAL oils that they test TWICE for authenticity.
- RMO has other natural living products available, such as supplements, diffusers, carrier oils, and more.
- Check out what they have to offer here: https://www.rockymountainoils.com
HERBS & ESSENTIAL OIL RECIPES, TUTORIALS, AND RESOURCES
Now that you have the background behind orange essential oil and are wanting to use it everywhere and on everything (we’re right there with ya!), you may need a little more direction depending on your experience and background.
While the dilution chart above can DEFINITELY get you started with diffusing and basic aromatherapy, the Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle is an amazing downloadable package that contains over 400 recipes.
There is SO MUCH the bundle includes that, to be honest, you’re not going to use all of it. However, the price is so dang low that even if you only reference a couple of the eBooks it is still TOTALLY worth the cost.
Here are just a few examples that I think you’ll find value in if you’ve read down this far already:
- Using Essential Oils for Natural Body Care
- How to Make Natural Soap
- Cooking with Herbs and Essential Oils
- Green Cleaning
- DIY Herbal First Aid Kit
- Natural Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum
- The. List. Keeps. Going.
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