Description: Sweet Orange is derived from an evergreen tree. It Is smaller than the bitter orange tree, and less hardy with fewer or no spines. The fruit itself has a sweet pulp with no bitter membrane.
Cold-pressed citrus oils are mixtures of volatile components such as terpene hydrocarbons, oxygenated compounds and nonvolative compounds such as pigments and waxes. Despite the high content, the terpene hydrocarbons do not contribute much to the flavor and fragrance of the oil. Since they are unstable to heat and light, and decrease the solubility of the whole oil in alcohol, they must be removed to stabilize the final product. One of the most widely used concentrated citrus oils is a five-fold concentrate, which is concentrated to 1/5 of its original weight. This increased concentration makes the essential oil fragrance much stronger and color more intense... just right for soap- and candle-makers.
Color & Consistency: Brown to dark-brown, thin liquid.
Strength of Aroma: Strong.
Common Uses: Sweet Orange Essential Oil is a staple of aromatherpy and fragracing. Properties are as follows: antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, carminative, cordial, deodorant, digestive, stimulant (nervous), tonic (cardiac, circulatory). It has also been applied to combat colds, constipation, dull skin, flatulence, influenza, gums, slow digestion, and stress.
Blends well with: Sweet Orange essential oil blends well with lavender, bergamot, rosewood, lemon, clary sage, myrrh, sandalwood and spicy oils such as nutmeg, cinnamon and clove.
Aromatic Scent: Sweet Orange essential oil has a sweet, citrus smell much like the orange peels it is derived from, only more intense and concentrated. Five-fold Sweet Orange Oil is extremely powerful.
History: There is some argument but it is believed that Sweet Orange was brought to Europe by the Arabs in the First century along with the Bitter Orange.
Cautions: Some aromatherapists have reported that a small percentage of people have experienced dermatitis from the limonene content of Sweet Orange. Because this oil is very concentrated, use caution when formulating; much less is needed to get the same effect as regular sweet orange essential oil.