Blood orange is one of the more interesting orange essential oils, and it is often cited in lists of the best natural ingredients. It has been used for centuries as a medicinal tonic in India and China. In Europe, it was used for a variety of medical conditions, from gout to high blood pressure. In Japan, it is often called sake-man, or “sea-mang.” In the West, blood orange is now considered a vivifier, a natural appetite suppressant, and an antibacterial and antifungal agent. If you are unfamiliar with its properties, here is a quick overview:
This oil is extracted from the fruit of the Serissa amethysteoides shrub found in the Southern regions of Brazil, India, Vietnam, and Malaysia. The oil is rich in Vitamin A and E. As an oil, blood orange essential oil has a distinctive sweet smell. Because the oil is so highly regarded, it tends to get pricey. Unfortunately, the value of this oil, along with the fact that it is difficult to find, often lead people to abandon the use of blood orange in favor of cheaper essential oils, such as rose hip oil or lavender oil.
There are many reasons why people have given this oil its name, including its ability to stimulate the circulatory system. Because it contains a significant amount of vitamin C, blood orange essential oil can effectively reduce inflammation. It may also prevent the occurrence of thrombosis and decrease platelet clumping. This oil has been proven to improve circulation and increase lung expansion in animals, making it a valuable component of oxygen therapy in human and veterinary hospitals.
The blood orange essential oil has been widely regarded as an anti-viral, anti-tumor, and anti-inflammatory agent. Because it contains flavonoids, a group of powerful antioxidants, blood orange has been shown to destroy human cancer cells without damaging healthy tissue. It is believed to have some ability to prevent and treat herpes, shingles, Epstein-Barr, and other virus-like infections. Some studies even suggest it may prevent serious diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
As it is very bitter, the blood orange essential oil should not be used on open wounds, broken lips, or skin. You should dilute the oil before application. Add a few drops of the oil to a cup of hot boiling water and use the solution as a mouth wash or a hand sanitizer. Before using the essential oil, test a small area of skin or tissue for contact dermatitis before applying it on larger areas.
Traditionally, blood orange was used as a disinfectant. While historically, it was used for this purpose, modern research has shown it to be more effective as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It is one of the better-known natural anti-aging ingredients. Blood oranges also have a sedative effect, which makes it a great sleep aid. If you add it to warm tea, it can also be a nice tea-of-the-swallow treatment.
As a blood orange diffuser, the essential oil is inhaled directly. Since it is very bright orange, this action can be easily lost if you are holding a candle near it. The smell becomes stronger as you breathe deeper, so it is suggested to only use it in very shallow breaths. A steady stream of blood orange essential oil diffusers is recommended for maximum results.
Like all other fruits, the peel of blood orange contains beta-carotene, which is a highly powerful antioxidant. Because of this, blood orange should not be stored on plastic containers for long periods of time. As a result, the peel should not be washed with soap or any synthetic chemicals for two weeks. During this time, it should be kept out of direct sunlight or heat, which will reduce its antioxidant properties significantly. For best results, it should be stored in a cool, dry place.