Sweet orange essential oil has many benefits which can be attributed to its nearly endless properties as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, diuretic, antiseptic or tonic. Sweet orange adds flavor to beverages, sweetmeats and desserts. Industrially, it has been used in body lotions, anti-aging and wrinkle-lifting creams, soaps, and even in room fresheners.
Some of the health benefits of sweet orange essential oil include:
Anti-inflammatory: It helps reduce irritation and provides quick and effective relief for both internal and external use.
Antispasmodic: It helps relax muscular and nervous spasms. Spasms can range from a continuous cough to muscle cramps, extreme diarrhea or convulsions. Early treatment with sweet orange has been known to reduce spasms altogether.
Antiseptic: Sweet orange essential oil contains antimicrobial elements, which can disinfect wounds.
Aphrodisiac: Regular use of sweet orange can help cure problems such as erectile dysfunction, impotence, decreased libido, loss of interest in sex, and frigidity.
Immunity Boost: It has cancer-fighting abilities and is a powerful defender against oxidative stress.
Pain Reducer: It is a natural remedy for joint and bone pain, which promotes a more positive mood, which is useful for raising pain tolerance. This allows for better sleep when sore and uncomfortable.
Mood Booster: Sweet orange has a direct effect on the olfactory system of the brain that can quickly evoke emotional responses of happiness and relaxation.
Sedative: Using a natural sedative like sweet orange can help to alleviate anger, depression, anxiety, and certain bodily inflammations without damage to the heart and internal organs caused by long term use of over-the-counter or artificial sedatives, such as tranquilizers or narcotics.
Skin Healing: The high level of vitamin C helps to protect and heal skin. This oil can help in fighting signs of aging and diminishes dark spots, along with softening wrinkles.
Although sweet orange essential oil is amazing, you must do your homework on how much oil can be used at one time. It has a bitter taste and using large quantities could result in vomiting, loss of appetite, and nausea. Mixing sweet orange essential oil with a carrier oil can dramatically lower the effects of photo-toxicity.