At the beating heart of aromatherapy and natural cosmetics, orange essential oil (CITRUS SINENSIS) stands out as a precious and multifaceted ingredient. With its intoxicating fragrance and beneficial effects on both skin and emotional well-being, this oil is a gem in the world of aromatherapy and natural body care. Let’s discover together the history, healing and aromatherapeutic properties, and chemical aspects of this extraordinary essential oil.

Such exquisite and beautiful fruits could not fail to be linked to a myth.
It was, in the early sixteenth century, Giovanni Gioviano Pontano in the poem De Hortis Hesperidum who enshrined them as the “golden apples” of the garden of the Hesperides, the three nymphs daughters of Hesperus god of Night, in which precious trees grew guarded by a fierce serpent. Hercules, in one of his labors, killed Hesperus and stole the fruits, bringing them as a gift to Eurystheus, who had asked him for them “moved by the desire for the poms,” as Boccaccio recounted. Where the mythical gardens were has long been a matter of debate. It has been thought of the gardens of the palace of Antaeus in Mauritania, a sacred forest near Sirte in Libya, the Fortunate Islands (today’s Canary Islands), the Gorgonian Islands (Cape Verde), and even the Caribbean islands in the Americas.

A dip into history: the roots of orange oil

Orange essential oil, with its history rooted in ancient China and the Mediterranean, has been a treasure trove of natural medicine for centuries. Beloved for its vibrant scent and versatile properties, it has spanned eras and cultures, becoming a staple in modern cosmetics and aromatherapy.

In Italy

Palermo’s Conca d’Oro constituted one of the wonders of Arab agriculture throughout the Mediterranean basin for its large orange crops. In later centuries we record the splendors of cultivation in the greenhouses of Garda, which supplied the tables of the great lords of Venice and Milan, and on the Genoese coast, where the fruit was destined for the production of candied fruit.
More than three centuries ago, introduced by Saracens and Slavonians, citrus crops spread to the Apulian coast whose characteristics soon differed from other Italian species, as in the case of the Gargano. Thanks to the karst nature of its soil and climatic conditions, the Promontory offered then the conditions for the maximum development of the Gargano lemon femminello and the Gargano orange, which in the following centuries drove the economy of the area thanks to the production of the agrumaia oasis of Rodi Garganico and San Menaio. Translated with DeepL.com (free version)
In the mid-19th century, orange and lemon also began a sudden spread on the Sicilian and Calabrian coasts.

Healing and aromatherapeutic properties: a perfect synergy for body and mind

Orange essential oil is distinguished by its exceptional properties, making it an ideal ingredient for both body care and emotional well-being:

  • Skin revitalizing: rich in antioxidants, this oil helps fight signs of aging, promotes cell regeneration and gives skin radiance.
  • Purifying properties: efficient against bacteria, it is ideal for keeping the skin clean and healthy.
  • Emotional aromatherapy
    Orange essential oil, helps to relax, combats nervous tension and stress. It possesses a marked balancing action. Sunny and radiant, it promotes joy, cheerfulness and optimism. It warms, the mind and heart, gives comfort and relief. A valuable companion in times of sadness, disorientation and restlessness. Gives stability and tranquility, lifts morale and reactivates energy. Light stimulant effective in times of laziness, inactivity, lack of motivation and boredom. It fosters creativity.

The chemistry of Orange oil: a dance of molecules

At the chemical level, orange essential oil is a compendium of beneficial molecules. Limonene dominates with its distinctive scent, while other compounds such as myrcene and α-pinene add anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This molecular complexity is the key to its many benefits.

Applications in aromatherapy and natural cosmetics

In the field of aromatherapy and natural cosmetics, orange oil has various uses: it can be diffused in the environment for a relaxing effect, added to carrier oils for massage or incorporated into skin care products. Always remember to dilute it properly before direct use on the skin.

Orange essential oil is a true gift of nature, combining in itself benefits for the skin and the spirit. Its age-old history, healing and aromatherapeutic properties, and chemical structure make it an indispensable element for anyone who is passionate about aromatherapy and natural cosmetics. By embracing the power of orange oil, we can move closer to a more harmonious and natural lifestyle.

You can find it in our aromatherapy cosmetics:

Lavender Orange Body Oil, Lavender Orange Body Scrub, Lavender Orange Aromatherapy Cleanser, Lavender Orange Aromatherapy Balm, and in Citrus, Myrtle and Orange Solid Soaps.