About Blood Orange Essential Oil (aka Orange, Blood Essential Oil)
The beautiful and exotic Blood Orange from Italy is a special variety of Sweet Orange that produces a distinctively colored fruit with crimson-tinged flesh. The essential oil that is extracted from the Blood Orange peel has similar properties and uses to regular Sweet Orange Essential Oil but it’s fresh, citrus aroma is often described as deeper, richer and sweeter than that of “regular” Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
Note: All information on this page, above and below, is provided for educational interest only. Nothing here is intended to make claims for our product “Blood Orange Essential Oil”. Your experiences with an essential oil may differ from any one else’s experiences. No information provided here is intended to be used for the diagnosis or treatment of any physical or mental illness. Please pay attention to the safety information provided below in order to insure that your experiences with this product are good ones.
The distinctive color of the fruit of the Blood Orange is said to be due to the presence of anthocyanins, which are antioxidant pigments common to many flowers and fruit, but uncommon in citrus fruits. In order for the fruit to develop its striking color, the nighttime temperatures must be fairly low. In some cases, the rind, as well as the flesh, will exhibit the dark coloring and in general, the rind of the blood orange is tougher and harder to peel than that of other oranges. Blood oranges have a unique flavor compared to other oranges, being distinctly raspberry-like in addition to having the familiar orange taste.
The Blood Orange tree is loved not only for it’s fruit and the intensely aromatic essential oil produced from the fruit rinds, but also for its attractive appearance in warm-climate landscapes where it’s notable for its verdant green foliage and stunningly scented white flowers that have a long season of bloom.
According to aromatherapists, the aroma of Blood Orange essential oil may help to impart a feeling of comfort and warmth while still being refreshing and uplifting. Give it a try and see what you think.
How To Use Blood Orange Essential Oil
Blood Orange essential oil can be used for both topical application and inhalation, although we especially love it for inhalation. For topical application, dilute Blood Orange Essential in a suitable vegetable oil (such as Grapeseed or Almond Oil) before applying to the skin. A maximum concentration of 2.5% Blood Orange Essential Oil is recommended for topical use: this concentration can be achieved by adding 23 drops of the essential oil to 1 ounce of vegetable oil ( or 7 drops essential oil to 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil). For adding to a warm bath, mix 1 to 3 drops of Blood Orange Essential Oil with a tablespoon of whole milk or vegetable oil and add this mixture to the bath: stir in with your foot before entering the bath and be careful not to get the bath water in your eyes. Vegetable oil will make your tub slick so take care not to fall if you use this method.
Blood Orange is a wonderful addition to many all-natural perfume compositions and it blend well aromatically with a great many other essential oils; we especially like it with cardamom, clove and lavender. Consider experimenting with Blood Orange the next time you’re making essential oil rolls-ons or inhalers and try substituting it for regular Sweet Orange.
See “Safety Considerations” below before using Blood Orange Essential Oil.
Blood Oranges and Blood Orange Essential Oil in Traditional Medicines
Various varieties and all parts of the Sweet Orange tree were widely used in the traditional medicines of the Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian regions and countries. According to the folklore of these regions, traditional uses of various preparations of orange and blood orange included: as a tonic; in cases of anxiety or stress; as a detoxicant; for constipation; and for stomach upsets. Modern practitioners of Chinese Medicine and aromatherapy, such as Gabriel Mojay, have described the essential oil as having these characteristics and actions when viewed from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
ENERGY: Neutral Temperature and Neutral Moisture
MAIN ELEMENT: Wood
ACTIONS: Unblocks and Circulates Qi
Relieves Stagnant Liver Qi
According to Mojay, Sweet Orange’s ability to move stagnant Qi enables it to be helpful in relieving stress and frustration and this is one of it’s main uses in aromatherapy. Properties and uses of Blood Orange Essential Oil would be expected to be similar.
While we can’t promise that all these traditional claims will prove to be true, we can tell you that we believe Blood Orange Essential Oil is a good choice for those times when you’d like to lift your mood, ease your mind and enjoy a sense of refreshment. Try and see for yourself – and let us know what Blood Orange Essential Oil does for you!
Follow General Safety Guidelines for safe Use of Essential Oils (see link below). Blood Orange Essential Oil is not phototoxic so it may be used on the skin at recommended concentrations prior to going out in the sun. It does, however, oxidize (spoil) easily and oxidized samples may produce skin sensitization and/or irritation. For this reason, store carefully and discard unused Blood Orange Essential Oil after 6 months. Refrigeration is recommended to prolong shelf-life. Do not use spoiled oils.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children
Essential Oil Safety Considerations