Country of Origin:
Brazil, Greece, South America, United States
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Citrus Rind (Peel)
Pale Yellow to Orange
Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium – Strong
Sweet Orange Essential Oil smells citrusy and sweet. Its aroma is similar to that of orange peels, but it typically smells sweeter and is more concentrated.
Possible Substitute Oils
Lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lime, bergamot
Blends Well With
Basil linalol. Bay (West Indian), bay laurel, bergamot, black pepper, camphor, cardamom, cassia, chamomile (German & Roman), cinnamon, citronella, clary sage, clove bud, copaiba, coriander, fennel, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, juniper berry, lavender, lemon, lemon verbena, lime, litsea (may chang), marjoram, melissa, mimosa, myrtle, myrrh, neroli, niaouli, nutmeg, vetiver, patchouli, tangerine, rose, sage, Spanish sage, sandalwood, spikenard, valerian, vetiver, ylang ylang,
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Sweet Orange Essential Oil Uses
Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, carminative, choleretic, colds, constipation, digestive, flatulence, flu, fungicidal, gums, hypotensive, mouth, sedative (nervous), skin (dull), stimulant (digestive and lymphatic), stomachic, stress, tonic
Sources: Julia Lawless, The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Updated Edition) (London: Harper Thorsons, 2014), 153-154.
Major Constituents of American Sweet Orange Oil
- Bornyl Acetate
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1995), 48-49. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 372.]
Recommended Dilution Range
3%-50%; neat for some conditions
Sweet Orange Essential Oil Safety Information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Sweet Orange Essential Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young’s full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 372.]
Essential oil safety experts Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young do not indicate that orange essential oil is phototoxic. Be quite sure of which orange oil you are using because Bitter Orange Essential Oil is phototoxic, and should be used with appropriate precautions.
General Safety Information
Do not take essential oils internally nor apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Read, Birkat Natural’s, Guide to Diluting Essential Oils, for general dilution information. If you are currently experiencing pregnancy, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, have any other medical problem, or are otherwise under the care of a physician, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Carefully read Birkat Natural’s Essential Oil Safety Information page, before using any essential oil. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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