The orange tree is evergreen with dark green leaves, white flowers and bright orange fruit. The trees are originate in China, but today are wildly popular in America and grown in tropical climates worldwide. Orange oil is extracted from the orange peel by a cold-pressing method. It is not steam distilled as that would damage the oils in this fruit. The separation of sweet orange oil and orange juice is a real challenge for producers. Unless the two are extracted cleanly and separately from each other, the quality of both will be diminished. But the challenge is well worth the effort for its juice and its oil. It has many uses but is a favorite in cleaning. It is a natural solvent that reacts with oils to break them down. It is great for removing stickers and tags from items as it dissolves glue. It also has cleaning uses like removing grease from engine parts, lifting oil stains in laundry, and polishing furniture. Orange oil is powerful and versatile.
Aroma: sweet, fruity, citrusy
Blends with: clove, cinnamon, thyme, rosemary, oregano
Properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, sedative, tonic
Uses: mood enhancement,immune system support, colds, flu, depression, gassy stomach, eliminates toxins, diuretic, constipation, stress, nervous tension, inflammation, skin care, cellular regeneration, food and drink flavoring
Methods of Use: steam, diffuser, burner, room spray, vaporizer, in carrier oil
Cautions: possible skin sensitivity, mucous membrane irritant.