binomial name: citrus sinensis
The joyful citrus sinensis is so universally popular, it constitutes 70% of all the world’s citrus. the fruit of an evergreen tree of chinese origin, citrus sinensis is a hesperidium—a type of berry—and its essential oils are harvested by cold-pressing the outermost layer of the rind. it takes 800 oranges to yield one pound of oil.
benefit: the oil stimulates circulation, promotes the formation of collagen, is an excellent detoxifying tonic for congested skin, is antiseptic, immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory. its vapors are calming and, in aromatherapy, this bright essential oil is used to promote balance. in certain european folk traditions its fragrance is said to communicate celestial joys and give direction to the confused. orange oil baths are said to bring success.