Orange Oil Benefits
Posted on 1st September 2020 at 20:38
Orange Oil Benefits for Skin
Orange essential oils have some amazing benefits for the skin as well as a host of other benefits for the mind body and soul.
In this article we're going to provide you with the information that you need to know about orange essential oils and why there great for your skins health as well as other benefits.
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Oranges are the most produced citrus fruit on the planet, with around 50% of all citrus fruits produced being an orange or related to an orange such as a clementine or mandarin.
This means orange essential oil is one of the most readily available on the planet. The largest producer of oranges in the world is Brazil and 94% of production within the country comes from the state of Sao Paulo.
Following behind them is the USA, who produce around 10% of the worlds oranges, with the majority of them produced in the state of Florida. China is the third largest producer in the world and is responsible for 8% of the world’s supply.
The largest producer in Europe is Spain.
Sweet orange essential oil is what we use to scent our 100% natural sweet orange soap. The oil comes from the peel, which is steam distilled or extracted by centrifugal force.
When you squeeze orange peel a liquid sprays out - this is the essential oil which is locked in the skin. Sweet orange essential oil has a very sweet smelling scent, compared to its cousin the bitter orange.
Antibacterial & antifungal
Orange essential oils have antibacterial qualities. In this study, the 10 essential oils were tested against 22 different strains of bacteria.
Of the essential oils that were found to be effective against all strains of bacteria, orange essential oil was one, as well as eucalyptus and lemongrass.
In the same experiment the orange essential oil was also shown to be highly effective against the fungal strains as it inhibited the growth of all 12 fungi.
Orange essential oils is mainly made up of something called d-limonene, which is a compound commonly found in the peel of citrus fruits. D-limonene has been shown to be an excellent antibacterial agent.
Orange essential oil has a particularly high concentration of d-limonene of around 90%, which is probably why it has such excellent results in studies of antibacterial activity.
In this study it was shown to be effective against two of the most common disease causing bacteria’s in the world.
Antibacterial and antifungal properties of this oil are great for skin, especially if you commonly suffer from bacterial conditions such as acne or fungal conditions such as athletes foot.
Reduces anxiety & depression
We know that walking into a room that is scented with a lovely smell can put us at ease, but did you know scientists have been studying the effects of this with measurable results.
In this study on children visiting a dentist, when exposed to the sweet orange scent, the children provided measurable evidence on reduced stress levels.
Along with stress and anxiety, orange essential oil can also be used to treat depression. In this study mice inhaled orange essential oil and their depression symptoms improved drastically, with increased curiosity and movement.
We would obviously prefer this experiment was performed on willing humans rather than animals, but the results show some positive signs that essential oils can be used to combat depression.
Orange essential oil has been studied for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties extensively. This essential oil could be widely used in our medicines of the future.
In this particular study the sweet orange variety of essential oil was given to rats to induce weight loss, but one of the outcomes of the study showed some of the inflammation in the stomach was healed by the essential oil, highlighting its anti-inflammatory properties.
It was also used in an experiment on patients coming into hospital with fractured bones. The group of patients who were exposed to the orange essential oil reported a significant drop in pain, although it is worth noting there was no measurable difference in their vital signs.
Anti-inflammatory properties are great for skin as well. In particular skin that is prone to inflammation and redness, such as rosecea sufferers whose skin is prone to large inflammatory responses from the bodies immune system, causing the condition.
In this study into the benefits of orange and other citrus oils, it states orange essential oil can be used to treat insomnia and enhances the sleeping time we have.
Sleep is very important to overall health; it is the time our body needs to rest and recuperate.
Good sleep can help to regulate blood sugar levels, keep our immune system healthy and thus help fight diseases and can reduce stress, anxiety and depression.
We would recommend using a diffuser in your bedroom or sleeping area to get the most benefit of the essential oil for sleep rather than applying a topical solution.
Skin can benefit massively from a good nights sleep as this is the time the body takes to heal and recuperate. It is also the time when the skin produces new collagen which makes skin appear youthful. This is the reason that good sleep equals great skin.
Orange Soap Benefits
In our sweet orange soap we only use pure essential oils to create the scent. Sweet orange is one of our absolute favourites as it has an amazingly fresh and fruity smell, just a pure citrus dream.
When you use our sweet orange soap, you will benefit from all of the qualities we have listed above. It’s one we recommend to those who struggle to sleep, and to advise to use it as close to bedtime as possible
Plus with its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, it makes an amazing combination with our completely natural soap, as it will clean you but also leave your skin soft, smooth and moisturised after you get out of your bath or shower.
Not all scented soaps are created the same. Our orange soap is only scented with essential oils, which is great for your skin, and also is 100% completely natural as it comes entirely from the peel of the fruit.
You can check this out by looking on the ingredients list on the back of the carton where you will find the ingredient ‘citrus aurantium dulcis peel oil’ which is INCI speak for sweet orange essential oil.
Supermarket scented soaps use fragrance oils to scent their soaps. These soaps will usually have the word ‘parfum’ or ‘fragrance’ on the ingredient list. These chemically produced scents will have potentially dangerous ingredients in them, such as phthalates, which make the scents last longer, but they also are potential carcinogens.
Now you’re probably thinking, why you never heard of phthalates or even have seen them on your ingredients on your scented cosmetics.
Well the truth is that the fragrance industry has been protected by the European Chemical Agency and it is perfectly legal for them to not disclose their ingredients on their fragrances.
This is apparently due to competition reasons and not wanting to reveal their recipes to competitors. Although this is a problem, we feel that prioritising big business profits over what a consumer puts on their skin is ethically wrong.
At Seatree Cosmetics our soaps are 100% natural, including all the scents which come from essential oils. If you would like to buy some then it is available in our online shop and can be delivered to your door if you live in the UK.
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