Wild Orange Essential Oil: Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Wild orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is one of my absolute faaaaaavorites! It's not as frequently used, and although regular orange oil can be readily found, wild orange is said to have more and stronger properties. Its aroma is obviously citrusy, but very sweet too. I love to use it in my car (I have a little plugin diffuser - helps me be a nicer driver), diffused in a room, or even a drop in a water bottle or smoothie.
It's most commonly used for digestive and immune support, as well as skin health. (You do need to be careful with topical use on the skin though, since it can make you photosensitive.) But I think of all its uses, the emotional impact it has on the mind and heart are probably the most popular.
- Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
- Protects against seasonal and environmental threats
- High in antioxidants, which are essential to overall health
- Uplifting to the mind and body
Energetically, wild orange is very uplifting to the mind and emotions. This can translate to an increase in physical energy, or an elevating mood. It's often said to be an oil of abundance, or possibility, opening a person's mind and heart to the potential that surrounds them, and their ability to accept the goodness Life is offering.
This can affect a person on many levels, from helping you to release patterns of scarcity, money blocks, fear, and "not enough-ness", to stimulating your creativity, vision, and widening your perspective. It can also help a person tap into their own playfulness and sense of humor, so that challenges can be approached without the heaviness that often impacts our ability to navigate them. And it helps you tap into your authentic self, and come to learn that you are, in fact, "enough".
Wild Orange blends well with Cinnamon, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, and other citrus oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include Lavender, Lemon, Tangerine, or Bergamot essential oils.
How to Use Wild Orange Essential Oil
Traditionally, wild orange essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Wild Orange Essential Oil
As with any citrus oil, it may cause photosensitivity when exposed to sunlight within 12+ hours of use. Use at night, or only on unexposed skin to avoid a reaction. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Wild Orange Essential Oil
- Use in an all-purpose spray to cleanse and purify surfaces.
- Add a drop to your water every day for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health.
- Diffuse to uplift mood and energy levels and to freshen the air.
- Energize the mind and body. Dispense one to two drops in the palm of your hand along with equal parts Peppermint and Frankincense. Rub palms together and inhale deeply from palms, then rub on the back of neck.
- Use topically over the solar plexus and lower abdomen each day, or before situations that cause self-doubt.
- Add a drop to a shirt collar, rub through the hair, or inhale from cupped hands in times of fear, doubt, or anxiety.
Inspiration for Using Wild Orange Essential Oil
Refreshing Lip Balm: Heat 2 Tbsp of oil with 1 Tbsp beeswax until combined then stir in 10 drops Peppermint and 10 drops Wild Orange essential oil. Use once cool and firm.
Invigorating Body Scrub: Mix together 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, 15 drops Wild Orange essential oil, 3 drops Cinnamon essential oil. Store in and air tight glass container.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils