Originally from China, the orange tree is now grown in many nontropical climates. As of 1987, orange trees were found to be the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. The Sweet Orange, citrus sinensis, is sweet, juicy and bears a citrusy and refreshing fragrance. The sweet orange presents different sizes and shapes, it generally has ten segments (carpels) inside, and contains up to six seeds. The grainy irregular rind of the fruit can range from bright orange to yellow-orange. Orange oil is obtained from the peel through cold expression. The scent is happy and citrusy and blends well with many different oils. Orange is widely used in cosmetics, perfumes, colognes, soaps and as a flavoring component in liqueurs and soft drinks.
Sweet orange essential oil is favored for:
- Tonic – Orange is a nice tonic and works with all skin types. It brightens and stimulates oily skin and, it is also useful for dry to normal skin.
- Anti-Fungal – When Orange is blended with other oils, it makes for a nice anti-fungal and anti-bacterial blend. Lavender and Orange are often used together to treat respiratory infections.
- Anxiety – This oil is bright, joyful, and is often used to ease depression, stress, anxiety and irritability.