Organic Sweet Orange Oil
(Citrus sinensis oil)
This oil is obtained from the peel of the sweet oranges (Citrus sinensis) by cold expression. The sweet orange is a flowering tree with glossy, evergreen leaves and thorny branches, and it is probably native to China and the Far East. They now grow all over the world and some of the main producers are Brazil, United States, Spain and Italy.
Most of the oranges grown in United States come from Florida and California.
It produces beautifully fragrant white flowers and juicy, orange-coloured fruits. The fruits are actually a type of berry called hesperidium.
The oil has a very refreshing, sweet, tangy aroma and is golden yellow in colour. We use Brazilian sweet orange oil and West Indian wild sweet orange oil. This oil is primarily used in the flavour industry for beverages and confectionery.
The organic oil is extracted through the method of cold expression. We use sweet orange oil, both Brazilian and Sweet Wild West Indian. The main constituents are limonene and pinene.
Aromatherapists use it as antidepressant oil and to help boost the immune system. It is recommended generally to uplift the mood and as a cheerful scent for dark winter days.
Oranges and orange blossoms are regarded as highly symbolic in many cultures. Brides have traditionally worn orange blossoms to symbolise fertility. The scent of orange blossoms may also have had calming properties for wedding nerves. The Chinese New year celebrations feature oranges for good luck and prosperity.
Organic sweet orange oil is part of our Soil Association certified organic Therapy massage bar.