Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Sinensis)

Sweet Orange Oil
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Botanical name  Citrus sinensis

Family  Rutaceae

Source  Fruit peel

Origin  Brazil

Processing Method   Cold Pressed, then steam distilled

Color/Consistency  A thin, dark orange to golden brown liquid.

Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma  A middle note with a medium aroma, Orange Five Fold has a sweet, citrus smell like the orange peels from which it is derived, but more intense and concentrated.

Blend wit   Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Sandalwood, Myrrh, Clary Sage, Lemon, Bergamot, Lavender.

Product Abstract

Oranges, which are high in vitamins A and C and potassium, are eaten fresh or processed into juice, which can be consumed directly or further processed into concentrate, both used in numerous soda and cocktail drinks, punches, orangeades, and liqueurs (although many orange liqueurs are made from sour, rather than sweet, oranges, or from a combination). Orange fruits and peels are used in numerous desserts, jams and marmalades, candied peels, as well as cookies, cakes, and candies. Oil derived from orange peels, as well as flowers, leaves, and twigs is used as an essential oil in perfumes


Sweet oranges were mentioned in Chinese literature in 314 BC. As of 1987, orange trees were found to be the most cultivated fruit tree in the world. Orange trees are widely grown in tropical and subtropical climates for their sweet fruit. The fruit of the orange tree can be eaten fresh, or processed for its juice or fragrant peel. As of 2012, sweet oranges accounted for approximately 70% of citrus production.

Harvesting/Extraction Information

This essential oil is obtained from the peels of orange by cold compression. Although most of you know the common name of oranges, you may not know the botanical name, Citrus sinensis. The liquid that comes in packets inside orange-flavored soft drink concentrate is sometimes composed of this oil. The main components of this oil are alpha-pinene, citronellal, geranial, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, and neral.

Common Usage

  • Treats Spasms
  • Sedative Effect
  • Aphrodisiac Properties
  • Relieves Inflammation
  • Acts as a Cholagogue
  • Prevents Infections
  • Relieves Depression
  • Stimulates Urination
  • Acts as Tonic
  • Carminative Properties
  • Treats Alzheimer’s disease


Orange essential oil displays photo-toxicity. It tastes bitter and if ingested in large quantities, it may result in vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite.

Key constituents

(þ)-Limonene 86.1–93.4%

b-Myrcene 1.3–3.3%

b-Bisabolene 0–1.5%

a-Pinene 0.8–1.0%

Neral    0.01 – 2.01%

Quality  Sweet orange oil may be adulterated with natural or synthetic limonene, or with mixtures of terpene hydrocarbons, though adulteration of this inexpensive oil is not common.

Safety summary
Hazards  Skin sensitization if oxidized.
Cautions  Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.

Our safety advice
Because of its (þ)-limonene content we recommend that oxidation of sweet orange oil is avoided by storage in a dark, airtight container in a refrigerator. The addition of an antioxidant to preparations containing it is recommended.

Regulatory guidelines
Has GRAS status. IFR  recommends that essential oils rich in limonene should only be used when the level of peroxides is kept to the lowest practical level, for instance by adding antioxidants at the time of production.

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