Powerful and versatile sweet orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis), made from cold pressing orange peel or the whole fruit, is both excellent for skincare and mood as well as a host of other physical conditions. Sweet orange has many potent skin benefits so choosing skincare formulated with sweet orange essential oil is a wise choice for your healthy skincare regimen. Sweet orange essential oil is found in Ageless La Cure Extreme Hydrating Cream.
Sweet orange is also like a liquid antidepressant – one whiff and quick comfort comes to you making you feel lighter and happier. Simply lightly inhaling sweet orange oil can produce all kinds of uplifting emotional, psychological and even physical benefits.
D-limonene is the main compound present in sweet orange oil and is shown to be a potent anti-cancer agent. D-limonene is a terpene mostly found in citrus fruit rinds. Petri dish research shows d-limonene not only successfully inhibiting tumor growth, it triggers apoptosis (cancer cell suicide). In general, it has well established chemopreventive ability against many types of cancer. Limonene is also well known for reducing anxiety.
Sweet orange essential oil is an excellent antimicrobial and antiseptic and therefore very beneficial for acne prone skin. It controls excess oil production in the skin and reduces blemishes. It is antioxidant rich and increases our ability to absorb vitamin C. Sweet orange, of course, is high in vitamins C and A.
It is extremely important that the sweet orange oil used comes from organic oranges since the cold pressing process allows toxic substances from pesticides to become part of the oil. Ageless La Cure’s Extreme Hydrating Cream containing sweet orange oil is organic certified and so is the entire line.
Very importantly for anti-aging purposes, sweet orange oil helps soften the epidermis to stimulate both red blood and lymphatic circulation as well as collagen production. Sweet orange helps to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines. It restores suppleness and elasticity to the skin. It’s quite light making it great for sensitive skin.
As an astringent, sweet orange clears and shrinks large pores and firms the skin. It helps reduce dark spots and cellulite also.
Sweet orange essential oils is not phototoxic* but can be sensitizing to skin if it becomes oxidized.
Sweet orange oil is plentiful all over the world but the oil with the most exquisite aroma comes from Sicily. The warm climate and soil of this volcanic island provide ideal conditions for producing an essential oil with a first-class fragrance.
Other important properties of sweet orange essential oil include:
ability to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones
diuretic stimulating kidney and bladder
relief of indigestion, nausea, stomach tension, heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux
constipation and flatulence relief
clearing of mucus and congestion
ability to reverse liver and pancreas damage
weight loss support
cognitive function improvement (even showing significant benefits to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients)
clear breathing support by calming inflammation and tension
reduction of stress reaction
promoting restful sleep; sedative
ability to slow pulse and breathing rate when necessary
* causing a skin reaction when applied and then worn in the sun
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