The Benefits of Orange Essential Oil

On a typical day, I start with five drops of orange and one drop of frankincense essential oils in my diffuser. This is my favorite way to clear my work space to begin to create. In feng shui, oranges and orange peels represent vibrant life affirming yang energy.  Yang energy is like the energy at high noon – bright and strong. 

It is good practice to clear your space at least once a year.  The most auspicious time to do this is on Chinese New Year.  The Lunar new year is symbolically a great time to clear out the old stagnant energy in your home to make space for new positive energy.

Fresh orange peels work the best to bring out the good, but you can also use 27 drops of orange essential oil. Place the orange peels (or essential oil) in a spray bottle and fill it with water. Walk around your home and spray this citrus essence all around, paying special attention to dead corners and closets. Orange peel carries with it vibrant life energy to clear space and in turn rejuvenates you and your home.  This is excellent to do on an annual or even monthly basis. 

Besides its feng shui applications, the benefits of orange essential oil range from internal to external, from mental to physical.  Most of America is searching for a heal-all remedy for the many ailments we experience as a country. To date, no one seems to have found it, but we may all be overlooking the immense benefits of orange essential oil. Let me explain.

Based on benefits of this oil alone, it borders on a miracle substance. Let’s start with its effect on mental functioning. Orange essential oil is an organic anti-depressant to some degree. When treating mild depression, essential orange oil works to lighten the mood and reduce anxiety by increasing circulation and cleansing the liver. While orange oil is also safe to use with severe depression requiring medication, it should not be used in place of medication. Some research also supports the use of essential orange oil as an aphrodisiac, as it works to reduce stress and promote relaxation in the body, which is often the cause of sexual issues and frustration. In this same function, orange oil can serve as a natural, non-toxic sedative following a long day.

Physically, essential orange oil goes a long way as well. On a surface level, orange oil can help to reduce inflammation, no matter what the cause. Essential orange oil can be effective against inflammation for everything from excessive consumption (of food or drink) causing gas or pain to fever, infections and more. In addition, orange oil not only alleviates pain, but also acts a regulator for the body and its functions. Essential orange oil rids the body of excess gas and flushes bodily toxins through urination, which in turn promotes healthier digestion.

Other uses for orange oil are almost endless, from relaxing spasms to acting as a disinfectant to promoting healthy menstruation and alleviating acne. The list goes on, and it’s worth taking a peek. According to research, you have little to lose except negative thoughts and unwanted gas.

by Anjie Cho