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Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts used for a variety of purposes, including aromatherapy, skin care, and natural remedies.
We like to share the benefits of essential oils by focusing on specific oils in each blog.
Blood orange essential oil provides a rich and bright aroma that’s not just for stress-relief. It is also packed with many medicinal properties that work against bacteria, viruses and infections. Its strong citrus flavor and rich color make it stand out from other members of the family.
Blood oranges (Citrus x sinensis) are a variety of orange whose distinctive reddish-purple flesh gives it its name. Its essential oil imparts a sharp citrus scent that is slightly tarter than sweet orange. The fruit was native to Sicily and eventually brought to America by immigrants.
The blood orange tree stands about 20-30 feet tall with dark green leaves that make the fruits stand out against the dark background. Its fruits are smaller than normal oranges. White fragrant flowers bloom on the tree. The distinctive dark color inside the fruit is due to the presence of anthocyanins, common in flowers but uncommon in citrus fruits. Apart from the color, it has a unique taste compared to oranges. Its flavor is said to resemble raspberry with a hint of citrus.
Essential oil is extracted from blood orange zest through cold press. Leaves and flowers can be sources of essential oils. The composition of blood orange essential oil is almost the same as that of other citrus fruits. Limonene is the dominant component along with α-pinene, sabinene, β-pinene, β-myrcene, linalool, m-cymene and 4-terpineol.
Benefits of using blood orange essential oil
Inflammation is an underlying cause of many diseases, including cancer. Whether external or internal, blood orange essential oil works to relieve inflammation before it becomes a serious condition. It works to relieve pain caused by arthritis, fever and toxins in the body.
Antiseptic and antibacterial properties
Citrus oil is powerful antimicrobial. Blood orange oil is used to treat minor cuts and bruises and prevent them from becoming infected. It works by disinfecting the cut area and inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria.
Essential oils inhibit the growth of fungi that spoil food and can cause food poisoning. In one study, blood orange oil was effective against four species of fungi.
Relieves muscular and nervous spasms
Uncontrolled seizures bring on persistent coughing, diarrhea, nervous tremors, and muscle cramps. Blood oranges are used to treat seizures or reduce their symptoms before they cause serious damage.
Stress relief and deep sleep
The blood orange scent is refreshing. It improves mood and soothes concern and stress. According to one study, using blood orange in aromatherapy can lower cortisol levels and heart rate, thereby reducing stress.
It is used in children undergoing dental procedures to reduce stress hormone levels. Mixing blood orange essential oil with frankincense and peppermint essential oils can reduce stress and anxiety and reduce depressive-like behaviors.
Blood orange essential oil also helps reduce stress levels in the body Migraine.
The oil relaxes both mind and body. Blood orange oil is a natural sedative that helps promote quality sleep. For that warm and deeply calming experience, a blend of blood orange with ginger essential oil and vanilla essential oil is recommended.
Blood orange oil helps in digestion by stimulating the flow and production of bile from the liver. The ability to help maintain a healthy liver prevents the formation of gallstones and promotes healthy hormone secretion.
The oil also has carminative properties that relax the abdominal muscles. This allows the gas to escape before any discomfort is felt.
Aids in detoxification
The oil helps in increasing the production of urine. This results in frequent urination which helps flush out toxins from the body including salt and possible uric acid build up. It also results in a healthy digestive system.
In addition to improving mood, diffusing blood orange essential oil in a room removes unwanted lingering odors. It can be used on linens and pillows to give that fresh scented atmosphere in the bedroom
Blood orange oil, when applied to the skin, tends to penetrate deep into the pores and helps in the formation of collagen resulting in smoother skin. Antioxidants present in the oil slow down the rate of skin aging and damage caused by exposure to UV rays.
Increases brain function
When used in aromatherapy, blood orange oil helps to boost the brain’s cognitive function, which is helpful for people suffering from memory problems such as Alzheimer’s disease.
AIDS sexual health
Blood orange oil is a known aphrodisiac that helps in curing various sexual problems like low libido, erectile dysfunction and impotence. Long-term use of blood orange oil is known to increase sexual desire by increasing feelings of well-being in the brain.
Safety and caution tips
Do not use pure essential oils directly on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before using topically. First a skin test will be done to determine if there will be any allergies using the essential oil.
Blood orange essential oil is phototoxic so it is important to remember that exposure to sunlight should be avoided for the first 24 hours after application to the skin.
For pregnant and breastfeeding women, it is best to consult a physician before using any essential oil.
Credits: Innerfire Co