Essential Oil Spotlight: Orange

Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is cold expressed from the rinds of the fruit. It is very easy to extract—if you have ever peeled an orange, you have likely ended up with essential oil on your hands. The oil is deep golden yellow with a characteristic orange peel aroma.

Orange essential oil is used primarily for anxiety, digestion (sluggish), fear, heart palpitations, insomnia, menopause, nervousness, uplifting, and withdrawals.

Oranges have historically been used for palpitations, scurvy, jaundice, bleeding, heartburn, relaxed throat, prolapse of the uterus and the anus, diarrhea, and blood in the feces. This essential oil may also help appetite, rickety bones, bronchitis, colds, colic (dilute for infants; helps them sleep), dermatitis, digestive system, fever, flu, lower high cholesterol, mouth ulcers, muscle soreness, obesity, sedation, tissue repair, water retention, and wrinkles.

Some of the properties of orange essential oil include anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, digestive, sedative, and tonic.

Applications of Orange Essential Oil and Safety Data

Topical Application: Orange essential oil can be applied neat (with no dilution) when used topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Avoid direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after using on skin.
Aromatic Application: Orange essential oil can be diffused or inhaled directly. Orange oil is calming and uplifting to the mind and body when inhaled.
Internal Application: Orange essential oil can be taken internally and is often used as a flavoring in cooking. Put 1–2 drops of orange oil under the tongue or in a beverage. It can also be taken in capsules.

5 Ways to Use Orange Essential Oil

1. Diffuse
Orange essential oil is effective to help influence emotions. It is often used for balancing emotions, confidence, happiness/joy, loss, counteracting negative emotions, feeling overburdened/overwhelmed, pity (especially self-pity), and uplifting the mind. Try diffusing orange essential oil alone or in one of the following recipes:

Here are a few other diffuser blends that use orange essential oil:

2. Add to a Massage Oil or Bath
Try adding one of the following blends to 1 1/2 Tbsp. massage oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. You can also use these blends in a diffuser or a bath (combine with 1/4 cup epsom salt to evenly disperse throughout the tub).

Uplifting Massage
5 drops juniper berry
3 drops orange
3 drops lime
Invigorating Massage
3 drops cypress
2 drops bergamot
2 drops orange
Relaxing Massage for Men
5 drops sandalwood
4 drops orange
2 drops vetiver

3. Combine in a Roll-on Blend
Orange essential oil is known for helping heart issues, stimulating sluggish digestion, relieving insomnia, and turning frowns into smiles. If you need help with any of these conditions, try making a blend and rolling it on the area of concern or on the bottoms of your feet. Just add the recommended number of drops to a 10 ml roll-on bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil. These recipes are formulated at a 5% dilution ratio.

Circulation Roll-on
7 drops orange
3 drops ylang ylang
2 drops lavender
Digestive Roll-on
(eases constipation)

7 drops orange
3 drops black pepper
2 drops peppermint
Insomnia Roll-on
6 drops orange
6 drops lavender
Happy Roll-on
4 drops orange
4 drops lavender
4 drops ylang ylang

4.  Put in a Natural Mouthwash
Try putting orange essential oil in a coconut oil mouthwash. Just add 1 drop each orange and lemon essential oil to 1 tsp. coconut oil. Swish the solution around in your mouth, and then swallow or spit into the garbage. (Don’t spit into the sink because coconut oil can solidify in the pipes.)

5. Use in Cooking Recipes
Orange essential oil is easy to add to any of your favorite recipes. Just substitute 1 drop of orange oil for 1 tsp. of orange zest. Here are a few of our favorite recipes to help you get started:

Other Ideas Using Orange Essential Oil

Sources:
Modern Essentials™: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, 8th Edition, p. 94.
Healing Oils: 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller & David Schiller

Mini Lasagnas

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This delicious and light recipe comes in a great portion size for a healthy luncheon!

Mini Lasagnas

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 30 minutes active; 10–15 minutes inactive
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. (340 g) ground turkey breast
  • 1 cup (150 g) chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup (38 g) chopped mushrooms
  • 1 tsp. (6 g) salt
  • 1/4 tsp. (1 g) pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz./425 g) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. (3 g) chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tsp. (2 g) chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 cups (372 g) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 drop oregano essential oil
  • 1 drop basil essential oil
  • 24 small square wonton wrappers
  • 1 1/2 cups (170 g) shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. (190° C.).
  2. Over medium heat, cook the ground turkey, onions, mushrooms, salt, and pepper until the turkey is browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes and half the chopped oregano. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine the ricotta with the remaining chopped oregano and the basil. Drop in the essential oils. Stir to mix well.
  5. Coat a standard-sized muffin tin with olive oil. Firmly press 1 wonton wrapper into each of the 12 cups.
  6. Divide half of the ricotta mixture among the 12 muffin cups.
  7. Using half of the turkey-tomato sauce, spoon it evenly over each of the ricotta-filled cups, and sprinkle each with mozzarella.
  8. Lay another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer. Repeat the layering process with the second half of the ricotta mixture and sauce, finishing with mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Bake 10–12 minutes, until the wonton edges are crispy and the cheese has melted.
  10. Let the cups cool a bit before removing from the pan.

Serve with a fresh tossed green salad and some homemade vinaigrette!

Teriyaki Chicken Bowls with Ginger

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Teriyaki Chicken Bowls with Ginger

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 minutes active
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) peanut oil
  • 1 lb. (455 g) boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut up into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup (120 g) carrots, julienned
  • 1 cup (65 g) snow peas
  • 1 cup (90 g) red peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 handful bean sprouts
  • Teriyaki Sauce (see recipe below)
  • 3 cups (450–600 g) cooked rice

Teriyaki Sauce:

  • 1 Tbsp. (8 g) cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) cold water
  • 3 Tbsp. (18 g) stevia
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 4 drops ginger essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in the bottom of a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add your chicken to the pan until fully cooked, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove chicken from the pan, and add more oil if needed.
  4. Add the carrots, snow peas, peppers, and bean sprouts to the pan. Stir every few minutes until the color has brightened and the veggies have cooked slightly.
  5. Remove the cooked vegetables to a separate bowl; cover to keep warm.
  6. Make the Teriyaki Sauce in the same pan. Begin by whisking together the cornstarch and cold water in the pan until it is smooth and there are no lumps.
  7. Whisk in the stevia, soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, and ground black pepper.
  8. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce and simmer until it thickens.
  9. Add the chicken back in the pan with the teriyaki sauce.
  10. Add ginger essential oil, and stir well to incorporate it.
  11. Serve chicken and vegetables on a bed of rice.

Chocolate-Peppermint Mini Mud Pies

Do you need a fun dessert idea for an upcoming holiday party or essential oil class? Try these delicious mini mud pies infused with pure peppermint essential oil! The shot glasses add a creative element to the dessert and also make a great party favor for your guests to take home afterward. If you are serving these at an essential oil class, you can give your guests this handout that we put together that lists 15 great ways to use the shot glass with essential oils.

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Homemade Lasagna with Essential Oils

Impress your family with delicious, feel-good food––without compromising health! This lasagna is simple to make, tastes amazing, and incorporates the benefits of pure essential oils.

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Cardamom Rice Pudding

The next time you find yourself craving a sweet treat, try this delicious rice pudding that incorporates pure cardamom essential oil.

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Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Casserole with Essential Oils

Are you looking for a great way to incorporate your cilantro and cumin essential oils into a fantastic protein-packed dinner? This casserole is so delicious you won’t even miss the chicken or tortillas!

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Introducing Modern Essentials™ Living

We are so excited about the newest addition to the Modern Essentials™ family: Modern Essentials™ Living! This new book contains cooking recipes, craft ideas, cleaning recipes, body care product recipes, class ideas, diffuser blends, and a chart listing common uses for many essential oils and blends. Modern Essentials™ Living introduces essential oils in a way that is completely marketing compliant, so it is a safe resource to use in any setting!

This book makes a fantastic gift for anyone interested in essential oils! Modern Essentials™ Living is also the perfect tool for introducing others to the world of essential oils and can be used in any setting to teach others how essential oils can be used every day! It can even be used in marketing meetings, classes, parties, trade shows, or as an enrollment reward.

Even if you don’t plan on giving this book away, you’ll want to have this beautiful, yet resourceful, book in your library! Click here to see how to purchase it.

Here is a sneak peek of some of what is inside!

Are you as excited about this book as we are? Let us know in the comments below!

Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps and Tzatziki

Check out this healthy version of a Greek pita! However, if you like the bread, just assemble the ingredients into a pita, including the lettuce. The leftover tzatziki also makes a fantastic vegetable dip!

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Due to popularity, we brought this idea back from the archives!

Are you looking for an easy gift to give to neighbors and friends this Christmas? Well, this homemade vanilla extract may just be the perfect one! It’s simple to make and very delicious! However, it does take a few months to properly steep, so you might want to start now.

To make this vanilla extract, you only need a few things—vanilla beans, alcohol (such as vodka, rum, or bourbon), glass bottles, and labels. Vanilla beans can be expensive when bought locally; so to make this gift as inexpensive as possible, consider buying the beans in bulk from an online source like Amazon.com. Our 4 oz. Glass Bottles work really well for this project, and our 4 oz. Glass Bottles with Dropper Caps make it really easy to get the exact amount of vanilla you need when cooking.

The best thing about homemade vanilla is that if you leave the beans in the bottle, it just keeps getting better the longer you let it sit. When gifting this, make sure to leave 1–2 vanilla beans in every 4 oz. bottle so it not only looks authentic, but also so your friends can enjoy a richer vanilla flavor over time.

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