Wild orange essential oil is one of the lesser known essential oils but it is incredibly underrated for the variety of uses it can have around the home.
Its main chemical component, limonene, is used in dishes, cosmetic products, insecticides, and a plethora of other applications.
Today, however, we zone in on 5 awesome uses for wild orange essential oil, particularly in and around the home:
1. Cleaning and Purifying
Wild orange oil is an impressive, natural cleaning solution for almost anywhere in the home but let’s focus on the kitchen here as an example.
We all know how great vinegar is a cleaning solution but does anyone like that smell? I know I don’t!
Wild orange, with its incredible antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant abilities is a great addition to vinegar because it not only makes it that more potent, but it helps to douse that lingering odor that vinegar leaves behind.
Like most citrus essential oils, wild orange is an excellent degreaser for use around the kitchen.
We all know how hard it can be to remove grease from pots, pans, the stove etc but keeping a bottle of wild orange essential oil allows gives you an all natural solution which leaves behind a pleasant aroma which will permeate your kitchen when you’re done.
3. Skin care
Due to its incredible antibacterial properties, wild orange essential oil is a great, at home option for tackling acne.
It won’t clear up your skin overnight but it will certainly put you on the right path to a healthy glow. It helps the skin by getting rid of the bacteria and grease that ends up clogging pores and leading to acne.
To use wild orange oil, just add a few drops to your moisturizer or a carrier oil such as coconut oil and massage into your skin.
Quick note, though – Citrus oils such as wild orange can make your skin photosensitive so if you’ve applied wild orange to your skin, do not go out into direct sunlight with it still applied.
4. It Can Remove Sticky Residues
Have you ever tried to remove the sticker from a water bottle or some other container that you wanted to reuse? It probably wasn’t removed perfectly and there was still some sticky residue left over which is unsightly and can be quite disturbing if you have an OCD about those things.
Wild orange essential is an excellent option to help with the removal of this residue so you can use reuse the container for whatever you had in mind.
Simply apply a few drops to the area with the residue and leave it for a few minutes and rubbing it off will be a lot easier!
5. Air Purification and Freshening
As mentioned previously, wild orange oil is packed with antibacterial and disinfectant properties which make it an excellent option for killing germs.
Unfortunately, not all germs and bacteria are on countertops and in areas where we can easily access them. Many of the microscopic threats to our health are actually airborne and invisible to the naked eye.
Wild orange oil can be combined with a carrier oil and diffused in a room to not only purify the air, but leaving calming, citrusy scent that everyone will love.
How to Buy Quality Wild Orange Oil
Unfortunately, essential oils aren’t regulated like medications are. There is a wide range of quality when it comes to essential oils. Read labels carefully to help you in determining the quality of the product in front of you.
Be sure you’re getting the best, purest and most effective oil by following these guidelines:
- Oil should be usable internally
- Should be organic
- Should be sourced from native plant country or region
- Extraction of oil should be with cold-pressed method, never heat
- Company uses third-party quality testing
Trysh Sutton is a wife, mother, attorney, interior decorator, strategic leader and teacher. She runs a website called Pure Path Essential Oils, a naturopathic wellness company that promotes healthy living and healing through the use of essential oils and sustainable living. You can follow her on social media to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and healthy living practices.