Materia Aromatica – Orange – 5ml
Orange oil has a vibrant, warm and zesty aroma – just like peeling a fresh orange. It is a joyful and long-lasting scent. A true orange oil is bright orange in colour. Orange oil is antispasmodic, calmative and carminative, as well as being a digestive and appetite stimulant. Therefore, it is very good for regulating the stomach and intestines. It promotes digestion and bowel function, and can help with abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric reflux and IBS. It is also a mild sedative, so can help to relax the nerves and promote good sleep.
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Orange oil has a vibrant, warm and zesty aroma – just like peeling a fresh orange. It is a joyful and longlasting scent. A true orange oil is bright orange in colour.
Orange oil is antispasmodic, calmative and carminative, as well as being a digestive and appetite stimulant. Therefore it is very good for regulating the stomach and intestines. It promotes digestion and bowel function, and can help with abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric reflux and IBS.
It is a mild sedative, so can help to relax the nerves and promote good sleep.
Orange is typically used to:
- relieve nervous tension.
- alleviate stress and promote a good sleep.
- help with digestion and bowel function.
- uplift mood and emotions.
- ease symptoms such as abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric reflux and IBS.
Energetic notes: Energetically speaking, orange oil is of neutral temperature and neutral moisture, working largely on the wood element. Whenever there is an excessive build-up of stress and frustration the qi becomes blocked and stagnant causing a disharmony in the liver. Sweet orange helps to move stagnant qi energy and ease tension and frustration. Its warm sunny, sweet aroma conveys joy and positivity, dispersing the moodiness and irritability that takes hold when ones qi-energy stagnates.
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine orange’s key actions and uses involve regulation of the qi in the stomach and intestines, promotion of digestion and bowel function which translates in plain speak to situations of dyspepsia, epigastric and abdominal pain or distension, hiccoughs, belching, gastric reflux, nausea, flatulence, spastic colon and IBS. In addition orange is said to regulate the liver-qi, relax the nerve and calm the shen as well as uplifting the spirit, meaning it is helpful when suffering from nervous tension, irritability, restlessness, insomnia, over-thinking, worry, anxiety and depression.
Tip for use: Orange’s joyful scent is much loved by children so makes an excellent addition to an evening bath or massage blend. Blend with vetiver, lavender and chamomile to bring on sweet slumbers.
The orange was introduced to the New World by Columbus and was then grown in the West Indies and Florida. It is now cultivated in other warm climates including Costa Rica, Brazil, France, Israel, Spain, Cypress, Greece, Sicily and California. The largest producers are California, Brazil, Florida and Israel. Orange essential oil is cold pressed/expressed from the rind of the ripe, or almost ripe, fruit. The yield produced is approximately 0.5%.
Organic – Soil Association certified
About Materia Aromatica
Materia Aromatica supplies oils essential oils harvested by growers and distillers of organic crops, buying as much as possible from smaller farms or family enterprises. This has the advantage that these farmers distil their own freshly harvested materials themselves. They carry out steam distillation on a small scale at low pressure in stainless steel tanks to maximise the essential oils’ therapeutic value and to retain the individuality and life force of the crops from which they originate. Every batch of oil is dated, numbered and tested to ensure the quality of the oil.
Oils from organically grown or wild-crafted crops are generally more expensive, as the term itself is a guarantee of purity and wholeness. Organically grown crops must adhere to strict guidelines so the oils are sold in their pure form, without dilution or the addition of any synthetic oils. Picking, carried out by hand in the wild, requiring extra labour, is time consuming and costly. This explains the price variations between two oils of the same species such as Materia Aromatica’s organic and wild varieties of Lavandula angustifolia.