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Now you can bring the freshness of springtime sunshine into your own home with the bright citrus scent of Orange essential oil. Use it to create a cheerful, energetic atmosphere with a sweet and uplifting aromatherapy scent. Or you can apply this hard-working oil to clean grimy surfaces and freshen stale air—all without exposing your family to harmful manufactured chemical products.
The familiar, bright scent of sweet Orange essential oil can brighten any room. It has a fresh, fruity, citrusy aroma and is obtained by cold pressing—a process that involves prodding and pricking the rind of the fruit. The essential oil is collected and separated from the fruit juice by centrifugal force. Oil collected this way has a higher quality aroma than that of the distilled variety. Many citrus oils produced by cold expression have adverse effects of phototoxicity, but Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) is not, making it appropriate for use on the skin when properly diluted with a carrier oil.
The bright smell of Orange essential oil is the perfect complement to a fresh spring day. Combine it with complementary oils for an augmented aromatherapy experience. Try blending a combination of Orange, Lemongrass and Peppermint oil for a powerful lift to the mood and to augment your personal energy. Or, mix Orange with the warmth of Frankincense or the sweet mint-and-honey scent of Eucalyptus essential oil and breathe deeply when you are feeling down —physically or mentally—for natural comfort and strength.
Add a few drops of Orange essential oil to a diffuser to freshen a space and eliminate foul odors. With a focus on spring cleaning, it’s important to be proactive about funky smells that sometimes accompany family life. If the smell of sour dish rags or old sneakers is cramping your style add a few drops of Orange to a diffuser and mist to rid a room of the lingering effects of an unpleasant smell. Keep your work space fresh and inviting by spritzing a dilution of Orange essential oil across problem areas. Sprinkle a few drops of Orange across the carpet for a personal aromatherapy experience that will center your focus and give feelings of sunny citrus relief.
Orange is a powerful addition to your green-cleaning toolkit. Use it to remove sticky residue in the kitchen—apply a few drops to the soiled surface and rub for absorption. Then simply use a sponge or paper towel to wipe the residue away. Try Orange essential oil to deodorize your refrigerator. Mix six drops of Orange essential oil with a cup of baking soda in a jar and shake to mix. Cover with a small square of fabric and jar ring, leaving off the metal lid. You can also use Orange to clean wood and leather—mix one part olive oil to one part white vinegar and add 15 drops of Orange essential oil to spritz on wood or leather for a natural shine.
Whether you consider yourself an uber-low maintenance person, or if you tend to dive diva-deep into your skin care routine, paying attention to your skin protects it from the harsh effects of environmental stress and health problems, and keeps you looking and feeling your best. Dry skin is an uncomfortable condition that is sometimes accompanied by scaling, itching or cracking. If left untreated, dry skin can get worse—so taking steps to address the problem sooner than later helps you to feel comfortable and reduces the risk of ongoing problems.
Dryness of the skin occurs for a variety of reasons—you might have naturally dry skin, or have occasional contact dermatitis (which is when your skin reacts to something it touches). Older skin tends to be more dry and cold weather can exacerbate an irritation. No matter the cause, the key to resilient skin is understanding what kind of support your particular skin type needs to overcome the problem.
It’s important to use a gentle cleanser to keep your body and face free from dirt and bacteria. Use one that works for your skin type – not just whatever bar or body wash you happen to have in the cupboard. For dry skin, choose a mild liquid soap, one without alcohol or added chemical fragrance. Add a drop or two of organic Lavender essential oil to tone and repair the effects of daily environmental exposure. For mixed skin types, or a complexion that is only occasionally dry, add a drop of geranium essential oil. Wash your face gently, taking care not to scrub too hard to avoid irritation and stress. Don’t use hot water to rinse – just warm. If your splash is too hot, it removes the natural oils your skin needs to stay comfortable.
A good quality moisturizing lotion should be used every time you wash. Similar to cleansers, it’s important to fine-tune the moisturizer to your skin type. Oily skin can benefit from a natural, common carrier oil, such as rosehip, to dilute essential oils like frankincense and add benefits for long-term skin health. Skin that borders on dry could benefit from a lighter lotion base with a few drops of certified organic tea tree and lavender essential oils (or both). Moisturizing prevents your skin from drying out and leaves it hydrated and smooth. Your lotion will work best if you apply it to skin that is slightly damp, just after washing.
A toner is usually applied after washing at the end of the day and can be effective for smoothing, softening, and calming irritated skin. Commercial toners often contain ingredients that aggravate sensitive skin types—but you can easily create your own natural toner customized with your favorite essential oils. Essential oils in skincare can replenish and restore nutrients to your skin and can diminish the appearance of redness and dryness.