This high monoterpene content makes sweet orange essential oil highly susceptible to oxidation, so proper storage is a must. CAUTION: oxidized oils can cause skin irritation and an increased risk of sensitization. It should be stored in a cool, dark place-refrigeration is best. If stored properly, it can have a shelf life of 1-3 years.
Otherwise, orange essential oil is rather gentle, with little to no safety concerns. It is safe for most including children, the elderly, and use during pregnancy/nursing. It is also one of the few citrus essential oils that is NOT phototoxic!
When orange isn’t just orange…
You often won’t find a bottled labeled simply “orange” as there are several many varieties of orange essential oil, each with their own unique aromas and characteristics. Sweet orange, blood orange, and wild orange [all Citrus sinensis] are often used interchangeably. Clementine [Citrus clementina], mandarin or tangerine [both Citrus reticulata] are often used as an alternative to sweet orange; while their properties are similar in comparison to sweet orange, they do have their differences as well so please read up on these ones before using them interchangeably.
Sweet orange really is all that and a bag of chips! It is a hard-worker, a team-player, and a jack-of-all-trades!
It can calm you down when paired with essential oils high in esters such as lavender (a really great and simple combo) or it can lift you up when paired with some of its other citrus friends or refreshing essential oils such as spearmint (some of my favorites). <See recipe cards below!>
Therapeutically, sweet orange essential oil has an affinity with the digestive system, immune system, respiratory system, and nervous system. It is also a popular ingredient in household cleaning blends as well. It is a must have for removing yucky odors and sticky residues, in my opinion!
Just for fun, and to demonstrate what I mean when I say it’s “all that”, I am giving you two of my favorite blends featuring orange, one calming and one uplifting to try out!
As always, enjoy!