Sweet Orange essential oil - Citrus sinensis - South Africa
The orange tree originated from China, and it was brought to Europe by Portuguese explorers in 1520.
Orange essential oil is widely used for culinary purposes, yet it has a variety of medical uses. It is extracted through the cold compression of the peel of the orange fruit.
Orange essential oil is known for its carminative properties. It relieves the build-up of gas in the body, while preventing further gas from building up. A build-up of gas in the body can cause enormous discomfort and has many negative effects on the body. It pushes against internal organs, causing pain, stomach ache and indigestion. It also raises blood pressure, which has a negative effect on the heart.
Along with expelling gas, it also gets rid of toxins in the body. This is done by increasing urination, eliminating uric acid, salts and other toxins from the body.
Orange oil is anti-inflammatory and provides relief from both internal and external swelling, often caused by antibiotics, gas and soft tissue injuries.
Being antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic, this essential oil can be used as a disinfectant for wounds.
Orange oil is also a sedative and antidepressant. It relieves feelings of anger and anxiety and uplifts the mood. It is therefore often used in aromatherapy treatments.