|Latin Name||Citrus aurantium var sinensis (per)|
|Synonyms||Citrus bigarde, Seville orange, Sour orange|
|Extraction||Expression of the peel|
|Origin||Native to the Far East, cultivated in many places (Brazil)|
|Plant characteristics||A common fruit tree in the Mediterranean, where the fruit is grown for commercial reasons – alcoholic drinks, sweet flavourings and jam. The essential oil is generally a by-product of the fruit juice making and so care has to be taken to source organically grown trees.|
|Oil characteristics||A dark yellow-amber oil with a fresh, dry, orange scent with floral undertones.|
|Traditional use||Sweet – was used for scurvy prevention on long sea voyages. Also for heartburn and jaundice. It has often been made into ‘healing’ jams and jellies.|
|Blends well with||Lavender, other citrus oils, sandalwood, cypress essential oils.|
|Cautions and comments||Slightly photosensitising. Do not use undiluted on the skin. Orange is very synergistic when mixed with cypress for visible veins.|
|Main chemical constituents||Monoterpenes 98%|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.