Orange Essential Oil Uses And Top 5 Health Benefits

Orange Essential Oil

The benefits of essential oils can be experienced in many ways.  Have you ever walked into a room after someone just peeled open an orange?  Remember that sweet citrus aroma that filled the room?  What feelings and thoughts come to mind when you smell that aroma?  For me, I feel uplifted and refreshed. The air smells clean and usually makes me want to open an orange and eat one. Same can be experienced when using orange essential oil.

Those thoughts and feelings that you experience when smelling orange oil happen because of tiny little receptors in the nose that react to the aroma.  Those receptors speak up to the olfactory bulb where signals are sent into the limbic system and amygdala of the brain. This is where your brain does emotional learning and memory.

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Why Every Home Needs A Bottle Of Orange Essential Oil

Benefits Of The Citrus Sinensi Orange Plant

The essential oil often called sweet orange or wild orange is from the fruit of the citrus sinensi orange plant.  The orange essential oil is pressed from the rind of the fruit.  Many studies have been conducted on citrus sinensi proving the essential oils benefits.  Here are just a few benefits from this impressive essential oil.

Boosts Mood & Improves Anxiety

Orange oil is uplifting because of its high content of limonene.  Limonene has many benefits and one is its ability to uplift mood.  Often, I will sample people with orange oil.  I ask them to think of something they don’t like and then inhale the aroma in the palms of their hands.  I can visibly see the effects this essential oil has because as they inhale you see their eyes raise, a smile appears, and their body language and posture improves.

Aromatherapists and natural health practitioners have used orange oil as a mild tranquilizer and natural antidepressant for centuries.  Because of its anxiolytic properties, you can alter your mood and enhance motivation in as little as five minutes of diffusing orange oil.  In a 2015 published study women’s stress and anxiety during labor was studied using orange oil.

One group had diffused water and one group orange oil.  The women with the orange oil reported feeling less stress and anxiety during labor than the group with water.  In this study orange oil was observed to reduce salivary cortisol level and pulse rate when diffused during pediatric dental procedures showing a reduction in anxiety during the dental procedure.  This oil has a powerful effect on emotions, you can see that by simply experiencing the oil and evidence in these studies listed.

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Infection Fighting Orange Oil

Like many essential oils, orange oils have antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. One in vitro study discussed 10 essential oils and their ability to kill 22 different strains of bacteria and 12 strains of fungi.  Orange oil was able to kill off all strains.  Now that’s impressive!

In another study orange oil was found to prevent the proliferation of E.Coli Bacteria.  E. Coli Bacteria is a dangerous type of bacteria that present in contaminated foods.  It can cause serious reactions when ingested, including kidney failure and even death.

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Natural Surface Cleaner

Because of orange oils effectiveness against microorganisms it happens to be a fantastic oil to clean with.  Putting the oil in a glass bottle with vinegar and water can be a great non-toxic way to clean your home.  I make all my cleaning products with essential oils.  It’s safer for my pets and family and in my opinion, does a better job!

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Provides Pain Relief

In this study from 2008, it was discussed using orange oil with ginger oil as a way to reduce joint pain in a group of elderly people.  The group received six massage sessions over six weeks and reported an improvement in pain levels at the end of the 6 weeks. Orange oil may be effective because of its strong anti-inflammatory effects.

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Improves Sleep

Because of Orange oils limonene component, its calming effect can be beneficial for sleep. It was shown in this 2015 study as one of many essential oils effective for insomnia.

Try diffusing this essential oil 15 minutes before bed.  When picking your essential oils to use there are many on the market.  It’s important to understand that there is no FDA regulation on the labeling of essential oils.  Many companies are adulterating their essential oils that they sell to get more bang for their buck.

When choosing who you purchase essential oils from be sure that the company is proving to you the purity.  Not by what’s on the label but what’s in the bottle.  They should be showing you the GCMS testing of their oils.  This is the only way to know the purity of the oil.  If you choose an oil that is not pure your results may not be as effective.  Also,  you may be causing more harm than good.  Contact me to learn more about how to use essential oils for healthcare!

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Fibromyalgia is believed to be a chronic disorder. It’s known to cause widespread tenderness and pain throughout the body. The condition is believed to be inflammatory and autoimmune; affecting the muscular and nervous system.

At this time, there is no conclusive laboratory test to confirm the diagnosis. The pain can be caused by over-stimulation of nerve cells. Increased levels of anxiety which is associated with fibromyalgia; will signal chemical stimulation from the brain. In time, the muscles become oversensitive to these signals.

In addition to pain and tenderness, fibromyalgia can cause:

  • Fatigue
  • Morning stiffness
  • Numbness
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

These symptoms may limit one’s ability to perform daily activities. This in turn can affect their quality of life. While the causes of this condition aren’t clear, it is believed that stress, trauma, and genetics may contribute to the development of fibromyalgia.

Many people have turned to anti-depressants and pain relievers with the hope of easing their fatigue and pain, and relaxing their muscles. However, today let’s look at a natural approach that can help people with fibromyalgia.  Let’s talk about Turmeric!

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What Is Turmeric?

Turmeric is a yellow spice that is found in curry-spice blends. It is closely related to ginger and is primarily found in cuisines such as:

  • Indian
  • Moroccan
  • Thai

Furthermore, turmeric has long been used in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine.

The health benefits of turmeric have been well documented. Much of it is due to its main compound and key active ingredient, curcumin. Curcumin has proven to possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and neuroprotective healing properties.

So, here are some of the advantages of using turmeric for patients who have fibromyalgia.

1. Natural Pain Relief

Fibromyalgia sufferers can experience severe pain in their muscles. In fact for some, it can affect their muscle function. Therefore, in many instances, people turn to a variety of medications which are harmful in the long run. (1)(2)(3)

For example, over-the-counter pain medications can cause toxicity in the liver. (4) Therefore, a safer alternative to pain medications is turmeric for natural pain relief.

Turmeric is believed to have a strong analgesic effect on the body. This is due to the presence of curcumin; a compound that is known to help relieve pain. (5)  It is also believed to be more effective than other antioxidants when it comes to relieving pain.

Fibromyalgia pain occurs as a result of neural stimulation, which isn’t easy to treat. Activation of BDNF increases pain signals throughout the body. Thus, increasing pain sensitivity in the muscles. Research indicates that curcumin is successful in alleviating neuropathic pain. (6)

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2. Turmeric Is An Excellent Anti-depressant

Depression and anxiety are some of the common symptoms of Fibromyalgia. In many cases, anti-depressants are prescribed. However, many people do not have the desired response to them. Another concern is that they pose a health risk.  This has led to a growing number of people looking for a natural alternative in turmeric.

Turmeric is considered one of the safest and efficient ways to help depression-related illness. Additionally, it’s believed to relieve depression arising from neurological disturbances. The presence of monoamine oxidase in the brain is responsible for most neurological disorders. Turmeric shows anti-depressant effects that inhibit the function of this protein in the brain. (7)

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3. Helps In Improving Memory And Cognitive Functions

Patients who have Fibromyalgia often experience “fibro frog” (8), decreased concentration, cognitive function, and poor memory. The active ingredient in turmeric is neuroprotective; thus it’s believed to enhance memory and cognitive abilities. It can also improve brain function by restoring or reversing impaired cognition. (9)

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