We all know oranges as the typical fruit of the winter months in the countries where seasons are dominating. Oranges are probably the best source an source of vitamin C. and you may not know this, also a source for dietary fiber, B Vitamins including vitamin B, pantothenic acid, and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper, and potassium which are all located in the orange peel.
The best way to get all these nutrients is by eating the inner part of the peel and leaving the tough outer part. “The pith of the orange — the white part between the skin and fruit — can be sour or bitter but actually contains just as much vitamin C as the fruit itself, with a good deal of fiber.
Orange trees probably originated in Southeast Asia. Oranges are now widely cultivated in the warmer countries such as California, Florida, Spain, Italy and Greece, and of course in all subtropics and tropical regions. There are TWO categories of oranges: sweet and bitter. The sweet oranges are the most commonly consumed.
Sweet oranges (Latin name Citrus sinensis) include the popular navel oranges, Valencia oranges and blood oranges.
In the making of skin care products oranges play an important role. You can find in bath products, soaps, detergents, fragrances, cleansing, face and hair products different forms of oranges: – Orange Peel Extract – Fruit Extract – Orange Seed oil – Orange Fruit Water – Orange Peel Wax
Why are Oranges used in Cosmetics and Personal Care Products?
Oranges are beneficial for the Skin because their Vitamin C helps to keep the skin looking beautiful, and it can help with skin damages caused by sun or pollution.
This vitamin is also vital for collagen production and can help to reduce wrinkles and improve the skin’s overall texture.
Especially sweet oranges are used for following functions in the mentioned products above:
– Orange peel extract as a binder, emulsion stabilizer, emulsion stabilizer, viscosity increasing and controlling agent
– Orange Seed oil as a flavoring agent, fragrance ingredient, hair and skin conditioning agent
In the aromatherapy the orange an sweet orange oils is an important oil for blending oils that can be used in a diffuser or oil lamp.
Sweet Orange, Clove and Cinnamon Wintertime Diffusion
This oil will create a cozy and comforting atmosphere which we love especially for cold evenings in winter.
3 tablespoons water
6 drops sweet orange essential oil
6 drops clove bud essential oil
6 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil (find these essential oils below an in the shop)
1. Place water in bowl of candle lamp.
2. Add essential oils to water.
3. Light candle and diffuse for 15 to 30 minutes.
Home Remedies Using Orange Oils
For the Garden: Orange peel sprinkled over a vegetable garden is an effective slug repellent.
Anti-Wrinkle: Getting wrinkles at an early age, treat it by using rose, patchouli or orange oil.
Anti-Ekzema: Using chamomile, geranium or orange oil.
Anti-Cellulite: Cellulite conditions can be treated by using grapefruit, tangerine or orange oil.
Stretchmarks: Palmarosa or neroli oil is highly recommended to use on stretch marks.
Hand Lotion: 1 ounce warm olive oil, 1 ounce orange juice, 1/2 ounce melted cocoa butter and 2 drops of orange flower oil. Blend all the ingredients till it is a fine and soft paste. Store this mixture in an airtight container and start using it for your daily purpose.
Alzheimer’s disease: Scientific Studies had been made and the result was that aromatherapy using orange essential oil may help in improving cognitive function, especially in AD patients.
Insecticide: Orange essential oil is effective against larvae and pupae of housefly and may help in elimination of houseflies. It is also used as an effective natural spray with other scents against ants.
Antidepressant: Yes, it may help with depressions! Why? The fragrance reminds of happy moments and brings pleasant thoughts to the mind. Especially in aromatherapy orange oil is used quite a lot as it creates a happy, relaxed feeling and works as a mood lifter. This is perfect for people who suffer from depression or chronic anxiety.
Blending Orange Oil
Orange oil blends well with other citrus essential oils. A wonderful combination is with essential oils such as Cinnamon, Cloves, Frankincense, Ginger, Black Pepper, Sandal Wood and Vetiver.
Orange essential oil displays photo-toxicity. It tastes bitter and if ingested in large quantities, it may result in vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite.