Sweet Orange is one of the best essential oils to keep at home in your cabinet for all times of the year; refreshing in the summer and comforting in the winter. Children love it as they also recognise the sweet, natural scent. What’s more it has immune boosting effects, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and is often found in beauty and cosmetic as well as household cleaning products.
When someone peels an orange in the room and you get that lovely refreshing, pungent aroma, it’s just like the scent you experience when you put your nose to a bottle of ‘Sweet Orange Essential Oil’ (Citrus sinensis).
Sweet Orange essential oil contains a high amount of d-Limonene, great for cleaning and removing grease, so makes a good general spray cleaner for the kitchen; see my ‘multi-purpose cleaner’ recipe below.
It’s a great de-stresser ‘anxiolytic’ (I like that word!) and mood booster with a high amount of Vitamin C, so a good and healthy oil to use for all the family in an oil diffuser.
Some citrus essential oils can make your skin photo-toxic (make your skin more sensitive to the sun), which wouldn’t be good if you applied a leave-on product for the beach or even a lip balm before skiing. However, the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) lists Sweet Orange essential oil as one of their ‘Non-photo toxic Citrus Oils’, so I’m happy to use it and know that wherever my products go, they’ll not cause these issue.
Bitter Orange (Citrus aurantium) on the other hand, is listed as a photosensitiser, as is cold peel Lime essential oil, though distilled Lime essential oil is not. We use distilled lime in our anti-itch balm and herbal hair care bars.
Not only has orange been lovely to mix with Cinnamon for candles at Christmas time, to grate orange peel into Baklava pastries, it is also lovely to have in the kitchen as part of a multi-purpose spray which takes only literally two minutes to make. Here I use it with palm oil free Castile liquid soap. Other citrus oils such as lime, lemon will also work well with this recipe.
You can also use these same ingredients to make laundry liquid (recipe coming soon), which I’ve used for several years now.
Multi Purpose Cleaner Recipe
A cheap and easy recipe that can be made in minutes