Joy, Warmth, Cleansing, Energizing, Uplifting, Light Hearted, Creative, Positive, Playful
FRESH PRESSED JOY
Orange essential oil offers sunshine, positivity and an uplifting presence in our lives. If you are drawn to orange, it may be time to clear the cobwebs from your life, get motivated to be up with the sun and feel gratitude for a brand new day. Or, it might be time to reconnect with a more open-hearted approach to life and sit in appreciation of our relationships (including to self).
Orange essential oil is expressed from the fresh peel of the fruit. Technically, orange and other fruit (Rutaceae family) essential oils are actually essences. You can do a "mini version" of expression right now by pressing your fingernail into the skin of an orange and "popping" the tiny pores on the surface. In some cases, orange is steam distilled from the dried peel.
Clinically speaking, orange is employed for its tonic effect on the digestive system. It's great for relieving cramps, gas and indigestion when added to a massage blend for the tummy. It's also a very brightening oil to use in skin cleansers and something I use with clients as a mild diuretic during lymphatic drainage massage.
The driving energy of orange essential oil is, "joy", one deep breath and one smile at a time. It helps us to remember what is good and light about life and uncover the joy in our hearts, even if it has been a long time since we accessed that. Aromatherapist, Peter Holmes, writes that orange has the power to fill our negative or gloomy thoughts with light, especially those stemming from guilt.
MYTH AND ARCHETYPE
In general, oranges have been symbols of fertility and innocence. In Greek mythology, oranges are often referred to as golden apples. Gaia, goddess of fertility, gifted Hera and Zeus with an orange at their wedding. In folklore practice, an orange was exchanged between two single people in hopes that love would blossom. Archetypally, sweet orange is represented by the "Empress", appealing to those who can benefit from the warmth, innocence and joy of mothers and children.
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Essential Oil Safety, Tisserand and Young, 2016
The Fragrant Mind, Worwood, 1997