Imagine a warm summer day, laying in soft grass watching clouds float across the sky. It's also the perfect day for a piece of fresh fruit. There is something wonderfully refreshing about biting into an orange and letting the juice fill your taste buds. Even more exciting may be the lesser-known citrus delight: the Blood Orange. It’s complex and multifaceted in a way that extends to its essential oil.
Native to Asia, orange trees grow up to 20-30 feet. The trees produce glossy leaves and aromatic white flowers that develop into delicious fruit. The peel of the orange is extracted through a cold-pressed method. Blood Orange is considered a variety of sweet orange and shares the same botanical name. The distinctive dark flesh "blood" color is due to the plentiful presence of anthocyanins, a family of healthful antioxidant pigments common to many flowers and fruits, but rare in citrus fruits.
Blood Orangeis valued by aromatherapists for its invigorating and yet calming aroma. This fascinating duality makes it an ideal aroma during stressful days. The essential oil of Blood Orange exhilarates the senses and inspires a positive outlook.
Not sure which Orange is right for you? Check out our blog on the differences here!
Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis
Method: Cold Pressed
Plant Part: Peel
Blends Well With: Lemon and Cinnamon, and other citrus and spices
Aroma: Sweet, tangy, citrusy, and fruity
Color: Bright Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Blood Orange essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of Castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Drinking Blood Orange essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Essential oil ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to drink essential oils, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- Animals such as dogs metabolize essential oils very differently than humans. If choosing to use Blood Orange essential oil around your dog, it’s important to look out for warning signs such as behavioral differences, such as whining, scratching or acting loopy. Stop using essential oils around your dog if you notice these signs, and don’t use essential oils around small dogs, puppies and pregnant dogs. We don’t recommend applying essential oils to your pup or administering oils orally without consulting a holistic veterinarian. You may diffuse small amounts of oil around your dog, but be sure to do so in a well-ventilated room where your dog can leave if desired.
- Because both Sweet Orange and Blood Orange have a high content of limonene, therapeutically they are very much the same. What it really boils down to is their differing aromas. Blood Orange has an aroma that takes you right into the orange groves. The aroma is similar to that of the orange peel, with a fruity sweetness blended into a beautiful tangy green aroma. Sweet Orange offers soft complexities. Think of orange candy with a tart filling and soda. Out of all of our oranges, this one may have the most traditional orange aroma.
- Blood Orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis), like its citrus cousins, is a great oil to keep on hand year-round. Therapeutically, it works to reduce pain, stress and heartburn. Diffused, it supports the immune system while encouraging energy and antioxidant levels. Its hefty limonene content and fresh aroma can also uplift mood. To enjoy its many benefits, we recommend diffusing it or diluting it and applying topically.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
DIYs: Explore simple and fun recipes on The Drop, our essential oil blog with expert tips, EO news, and informative reads.
RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 5 drops of Blood Orange, 5 drops of Basil and 5 drops of Ylang Ylang. Or add Blood Orange to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 30-60 minutes.
HAPPY TUMMY: Add: to a 2 ounce squeeze bottle: 7 drops of Blood Orange, 3 drops of Ginger, 6 drops of Peppermint and 4 drops of Bergamot, then fill with Sweet Almond oil and shake to mix well. Apply a teaspoon over the abdomen and massage. (1.7% dilution)
BATH SALTS: Combine: 2 drops of Blood Orange, 1 drop of Geranium and 2 drops of Lavender, with 1 tablespoon of Jojoba oil and 1/2 cup of Epsom salts. Stir together and add to a full tub for a relaxing and soothing soak.
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