Contributed by Dr. Damian Rodriguez, DHSc, MS
Wild Orange is like most cold-pressed citrus essential oils; it’s rich in limonene and has an uplifting aroma and powerful cleansing properties. But its uses aren’t limited to cleaning your kitchen countertops or providing a refreshing citrus scent to your home. Wild Orange is an essential oil with a wide spectrum of benefits regardless of your living situation, age, or health status.
Wild Orange oil is recommended for aromatic, topical (neat), and internal use, and it has a number of benefits you may not be aware of.
You’ll often hear the aroma of Wild Orange (and most essential oils) characterized as energizing and uplifting, but research suggests that the powerful citrusy scent has some interesting affects you wouldn’t have predicted. In both human clinical and experimental research, and in some of the most stress-inducing environments, the aroma of Wild Orange has been shown to be calming and to reduce feelings of anxiousness and tension1,2. Along with diffusing Wild Orange throughout the day to promote feelings of energy, try diffusing it or putting a few drops in your palms and inhaling when you’re feeling anxious.
Experimental research has shown that a few drops of Wild Orange oil can be effective for cleaning surfaces, clothing, and can even help brighten and remove surface stains from teeth3. Furthermore, diffusion and direct inhalation aren’t the only ways to experience the mood-modulating effects of Wild Orange oil. In human clinical research, topical application of orange essential oils has been shown to be uplifting and promote feelings of positivity4. When combined with Ginger oil as part of an aromatherapy massage, Wild Orange may also be soothing to the joints5. If you don’t have a diffuser around, try applying Wild Orange topically (but remember to avoid UV rays for at least 12 hours) to promote a positive mood and increased energy levels.
As a popular additive to water, tea, or citrus drinks, Wild Orange essential oil provides a dash of citrus essence, but it is far more than that. With its multitude of benefits, you should consider using it internally on a daily basis. Wild Orange is one of the active ingredients in Slim & Sassy® Softgels because experimental research has shown that it can promote healthy metabolism as well as support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels already in the normal range when taken internally6.* Experimental research has also shown that it may provide antioxidant support7.* Wild Orange oil may also help support the proper function of the digestive, immune, nervous, and respiratory systems8-11. Start off your day by adding 2–3 drops of Wild Orange essential oil to a glass of water to promote overall health.*
How are you using Wild Orange essential oil throughout the day to improve your home and your health?