The essential oil of sweet orange is used particularly for the problems concerning the digestive sphere, but also to feel good, relaxed. Here is the advice of Dr Philippe Goëb, general practitioner and trainer in aromatherapy and Valérie Debray of Fleurance Nature.
What is sweet orange?
Thesweet orange is the orange fruit. This citrus is the fourth most cultivated fruit in the world. The orange tree (Citrus sinensis) is a tree of the Rutaceae family, the tree of the fruits that we consume.
Theorange tree is from China. It was in the fifteenth century that it was introduced to Europe by Portuguese navigators. It is now found in Brazil, Italy, around the Mediterranean, in Turkey, in Africa …
Do not confuse sweet orange withbitter orange which is the fruit of sour orange.
What parts are used for the essential oil?
Thesweet orange essence is contained in small pockets in the zest. Its extraction is done by simple cold pressing of these zest, hence the name essence and not essential oil because citrus zest is not distilled.
Sweet orange essence is yellow to light orange color. Its smell is close to that of zest. It is sweet, fruity.
Sweet orange essence contains the following active substances: limonene between 92 and 97%, and linalool.
What are the properties of sweet orange oil?
Sweet orange essence is indicated as:
– Liver tonic.
– After excess table.
– As anti-nausea.
– In case of travel sickness.
– After a medical treatment.
– To hunt bad smells.
– To provide well-being.
Sweet orange essence can be used by oral to treat digestion problems, but also in diffusion, especially for drive away bad smells in the house, for relax, find a good mood, fight against stress.
What are the indications and dosage?
To stimulate liver function in case of poor digestion
2 drops of sweet orange essence, 3 times a day for a week for adults.
Another possibility: massage the belly clockwise with 1 drop of sweet orange oil mixed in a little vegetable oil, because the sweet orange oil is irritating to the skin, used pure.
Against motion sickness
Take 2 drops of sweet orange essence before any trip in car, in because, in train, in plane, in boat and renew, if necessary, during the trip. In children between 7 and 12 years old, divide the dose by two and therefore give only one drop of sweet orange essence.
To drive away bad smells
Place a few drops of sweet orange essence in the diffuser and let diffuse for about 20 minutes to regain healthy air. Another possibility: add 1 drop of Sweet Orange essence for 10 ml of product intended for cleaning the floor.
To promote well-being and relieve stress
Place a few drops of sweet orange essence in the diffuser and let diffuse for about 20 minutes up to 3 times a day maximum. To promotefalling asleep, use the diffuser at night before going to bed.
What precautions should be taken with the essence of sweet orange?
The essence of sweet orange being photosensitizing, do not expose yourself to the sun after putting it on the skin. In any case, the skin massage route is of little interest: it is irritating when used pure.
What are its contraindications?
- Sweet orange essence should not be used in children under 7 years old.
- It is not suitable for pregnant women as well as nursing mothers.
- It should not, either, be used in people allergic to one of its components, and in particular to linalool. This substance is also found in many cosmetic products.
What use in the kitchen?
The essence of sweet orange is also used to cook savory or sweet dishes, either in liquid form or in the form of crystals. It is used in sauces for salads, in the carrot soup, to perfume a White meat, a fruit salad, a cake…
Namely: in liquid form 5 drops, in the form of crystals 1 poured. Crystals, like gasoline, can be used at the end of cooking or sprinkled directly on the plate.