Sweet orange essential oilEssential Oils for skincare

About Sweet Orange

INCI name
Essential oil name
Sweet orange essential oil
Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico
Part used
Sweet, Fresh, Spicy
Extraction method
Cold expression
Between 2 and 8 ML of essential oil with 1 KG of sweet orange*
*Franchomme, P. La science des huiles essentielles médicinales. (Guy Trédaniel, 2015).

About the plant

Common names
Orange tree
Latin name
Citrus sinensis
Botanical family
Plant detail
The tree leaves are always green
Native region
Eastern Asia

Our expert Dr Françoise Couic Marinier tells you all about essential oils.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil is one of the most notable citrus oils, both thanks to its medicinal benefits and wide commercial production.

Here’s all you need to know about Sweet Orange Oil, and how you can benefit from incorporating this element of aromatherapy into your daily rituals.

Benefits of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

1. Calm anxiety

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “the intoxicating and agreeable ambiance of Sweet Orange Essential Oil quickly refreshes, re-energises and uplifts the mind”.

Research suggests that this natural oil helps to calm the heart rate and reduce levels of cortisol secretion to help keep stress and anxiety to a minimum.

2. Digestion booster

Thanks to its properties as an anti-inflammatory, relaxant and circulation booster, Sweet Orange Oil can promote better digestion, easing cramps and other stomach pains.

3. Treat insomnia

“Sweet Orange Essential Oil is particularly effective for dealing with problems related to insomnia”, says Dr Couic Marinier.

Sweet Orange Oil can have a deeply calming effect on the mind and body and is effective in treating sleep issues that are related to stress or depression.

4. Anti-inflammatory

Sweet Orange Essential Oil possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, it has been shown to be one of the most effective Essential Oils with regards to its ability to fight pain, infection and chronic inflammation.

5. Anti-bacterial

Not only does Sweet Orange Essential Oil help to prevent infection, it also repairs the affected area.

Other citric Essential Oils, such as Grapefruit Oil and Bergamot Oil are also renowned for their antimicrobial uses.

What is Sweet Orange Essential Oil used for ?


With its remarkable ability to inhibit melanin production, Sweet Orange Oil slows the rate of skin damage experienced from UV light exposure, pollution and toxicity.


Packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C in particular, Sweet Orange Essential Oil can be used topically to protect the skin from harmful external factors, providing your epidermis with the optimal environment in which to thrive.


Along with Lemon Oil and Sandalwood Oil, Sweet Orange Oil is a great natural remedy to fight signs of aging.

With its potent antioxidant power, it defends the skin from free radicals whilst also prompting collagen production. The result? Smooth, plumped skin.

Where does Sweet Orange Essential Oil come from ?

The Sweet Orange tree is instantly recognisable, with dark green leaves, white flowers and vibrant orange fruit. Native to China, the Sweet Orange has been used in traditional medicine for centuries, but it is now cultivated extensively in America.

History of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Traditional medicine

Folk remedies of the Mediterranean region used the healing properties of Sweet Orange Essential Oil to treat a variety of conditions, from the common cold to low libido, to skin infections and spasms.

Good fortune

In China, the Sweet Orange is believed to symbolise good fortune, which makes them not only a well-used ingredient in medicine, but also in traditional offerings and gifts.

Medicine first

It is believed that the Europeans first discovered the medicinal benefits of the Sweet Orange thanks to its refreshing taste, being grown in bulk by the wealthy in private orangeries.

Facts about Sweet Orange Essential Oil


Age-old fruit

The orange tree has come to be known as the oldest and most commonly cultivated plant and fruit in the world.


Fruit of the gods

Centuries ago, oranges were considered the fruit of the gods, and are pictured in the story of Hercules and Titan Atlas as the ‘golden apples’.


Patient well-being

According to Dr Couic Marinier, “Sweet Orange Essential Oil was used in hospitals, being diffused every 100 meters in the corridors to promote a healing, anti-bacterial and mood boosting environment”.

Not just a delicious taste, adopting Sweet Orange Essential Oil into your health and beauty routine can help transform your mind, body and skin.