Wild Orange essential oil, in combination with citrus oils (e.g., lemon, grapefruit) are among the most commonly purchased oils. Many love to add them to flavor water, and to diffuse them to create an uplifting energy.
While lemon was one of the first oils I incorporated, I held off on Wild Orange thinking, “Meh, they probably have the same effects.” And while both oils are extracted via cold pressing the rinds, and both oils share D-Limonene as their main chemical constituent, their interaction with my body chemistry creates a totally different outcome! Wild Orange has been an incredibly supportive oil for me in reducing the physical impact of stress and overwhelm (e.g., exhaustion, headaches, lowered immunity), and has had a potent and immediate effect on lowering the severity of anxiety and panic.
DoTERRA’s Wild Orange is harvested in Brazil, as the climate provides ideal conditions for producing citrus fruits. Purity and potency of the oils aside, another aspect that I really appreciate about this company is the amount of love and care that goes into the growing and harvesting of the plants. In the case of Wild Orange, the oranges are grown by small, local farms that the distributors have worked with for over 40 years and one of the leads at the distribution center’s family has been crafting citrus essential oils since the 1870’s (1). Here’s a video if you are interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBIVTFbx65E
As you can see, wild orange is an incredibly versatile oil, with energizing, sedative, antiseptic, antidepressant, and immunostimulant properties; it can be used aromatically, topically, as well as taken internally. Here are some of the top ways to use the oil (2):
Top Uses: Aromatic
Top Uses: Topical
Top Uses: Internal
BONUS: Non-Toxic Cleaning!
CAUTIONS: Citrus Oils are Photo-Sensitive
Citrus oils are photo-sensitive, meaning they can increase the risk of skin burn/irritation when exposed to the sun after application. Keep skin exposed to citrus oils out of direct sunlight for at least 12 hours after application.
I know there are a lot of products and supplements on the market today, and many make incredible claims. It is increasingly important that we become educated consumers! Using oils is no different. We’ve got to do our homework, and continue to stay engaged in choosing what feels best for us. Don’t discount direct experience; let your body be your guide. And let me know if there is anyway that I can support you in that process!
With so much love,