Orange essential oil
Orange essential oil is classed as a top note. This oil is a great immune system restorer, and a great mood up-lifter [From the Rutaceae family]. It can be extracted into an oil from the fruit via cold expression or steam distillation. According to Scott Cunningham [encyclopedia of magical herbs], the folk name given is Love fruit.
You may like to substitute Orange oil for Tangerine or Mandarin oil, if you happen to have one and not the other.
Correspondences of Orange;
Element & Planet~ Fire & The sun
Deity~ Brigid, Belisama, Hestia, Athena, Oya, Wadjet, Pele, Vulcan, Zeus and Apollo.
Angel~ Nathaniel, Nuriel, Haniel, Ramiel, Taharial and Urim.
Metal~ Gold, Antimony, Iron, Mercury, and Steel.
Tarot cards~ The Sun
Colours~ yellow to orange, Dark orange or light yellow to colourless. The more colour to this oil, the stronger the scent will be.
Star sign/s~ Virgo. Sagittarius, Aries, Leo.
Other uses~ happiness, spells/meditations of happiness, immune system support, colds and flu, nervous digestive problems, helps elimination of toxins, stimulates the lymphatic system, an anti-depressant, helps children to sleep, balances water retention and for obesity issues, good for detoxing, aids constipation and dyspepsia. Relieves bronchitis and chills, heals stress conditions, also for dull and oily skin types.
Rituals~ Love, divination, luck, money, harmony, joy, warmth, relaxation, purification, physical energy and magical energy. You can drink Orange juice instead of wine in rituals.
Other names~ Bitter Orange and Orange Blossom.
Blends with~ Black pepper, Clary Sage, Clove, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Nutmeg, and Myrrh.
Parts used~ The peel; cold pressed method. Fresh ripe/ almost fresh ripe outer peel; steam distillation.
Any Precautions?~ May cause photo toxicity; be careful with it on the skin in sunlight! If you feel any tingling sensations or a burning feeling wash it off as soon as possible. Can cause Dermatitis in a few individuals.
Orange oil is used in many Curacao type liqueurs, confectionary, drinks and bath and body products. Sweet Orange peel is used for pharmaceuticals in tincture form.
This month’s blends [extra things to do with Orange this year]
Stomach massage oil blend for obesity
Sweet Orange oil x10 drops
Geranium oil x5 drops
Lemon oil x3 drops
Sweet Almond oil x30 ml
Massage onto the stomach muscles, then massage under the knees, in circular movements and around the ankles. Drink 3 glasses of water the same day and aim for a small walk to the shops or up and down the street/block. Return home and do the massage again, meditate then sleep.
Do this whenever you feel the need to.
Child’s sleep blend
10 ml Grapeseed oil
3 drops of Sweet Orange oil
Massage at the back of the child’s ears, then onto the temples of the face. You may want to massage the sides of the neck as well. Or if your worried about the child touching and in-taking the oil, then add this blend to an oil burner and blow out the candle before you leave the room.
Meditation blend and sun meditation
Sweet Almond oil x 20ml
Sweet Orange oil x 4 drops
Lavender oil x2 drops
Place the mixed oil onto the wrists and rub in, then the ear lobes. Draw a pentacle on the top of the forehead. Before the meditation feel the heat coming from your hands as you sit in mediation position. Turn your hands over so they are just above your knees, [palms down] meditate the energy into yourself, thinking how far you’ve already come in life and in magic. When ready to begin place your hands upon your knees, relax your back, close your eyes and breathe. Imagine the heat as an Orange-Yellow flame energy that has penetrated into your soul [for the better]. It can expand because you do. Imagine it swirling toward your solar plexus, and circling it with power, purification and protection. Focus on your breathing. Feel the sun’s heat upon your skin. Take in it’s magnificent glow; it warms and comforts you. Breathe, thinking about the wonders of the universe for a while, as you experience this alone time.
When you are ready, remember the sounds, noises and smells around you. Open your eyes.
If you have spare oil, place it in a dark bottle/dark cool place to use again when you need it.
Anti-[bad] funk oil and incantation [when feeling lower than usual]
The oil blend~
5 drops of Orange oil [Or a substituted oil]
10 ml of Sweet Almond oil
5 ml of Olive oil
“I begin anew, I wipe the slate,
May I soon again, find my fate,
For, it is never too late,
Even when I have passed the gate!”
Cold and flu blend
Rapeseed/Sweet Almond or Sunflower oil x 25 ml
Lime oil x5 drops
Sweet Orange oil x7 drops
Rose oil x5 drops
Rub on your chest area, throat, sides of the neck, top of the back, lower back and the back of the hands and the wrists. If you feel nauseas, sniff your wrists from time to time. This blend also works well, in a bowl of hot water… place a towel over your head and breathe in the oils. Or, use them in a foot bath.
Colour therapy [using Orange]
Using colour therapy can also help you feel happier. Try using the colour orange, see the improvements…If you don’t usually use Orange, then you may feel the effects more than someone who sees Orange all the time. [The same way someone who doesn’t drink alcohol can feel the affects sooner]. Try Orange curtains, nail polish, sandals, sunglasses, hats, in your clothing, Amber jewellery, in meditations, Orange coloured crystals, shakes and juices, underwear, hair accessories, bath products…and any other ways you can think of. I’m not saying go and blow a whole load of cash on unnecessary things, but incorporating the colour into your life can help your self esteem. Don’t believe me? Think about what you feel when you smell an Orange.
We generally, from a young age associate objects and colour with smell. Personally, for example I love the smell of the sea, it brings back lovely memories for me. I dislike any very floral smells, like Geranium or Sweet pea…it doesn’t help that I have hay fever, but I guess I have always associated flower scents with my hay fever and constant sneezing, which annoys me. It’s the same when it comes to essential oils, one great tip [so you don’t end up spending a fortune on oils] would be to think about what smells you like. If you love Lemons and the things you associate with that scent, then your more than likely to enjoy the smell of Lemon essential oil. Sometimes this doesn’t always follow, but it’s a good direction to go by when gathering oils. Plus over time, you may come to like a smell more than you previously did. I used to dislike Lavender, then I read up about it some more. Years later I had dreams of ancestors planting it with me, and found myself warming to it. I began to plant Lavender, and when I breathed in the plant I went back to a dream like place where I was with my loved ones. I currently have 3 lavender plants in the back garden…If I could I’d have a whole garden full of it, now.
Thanks for reading,