Orange Essential Oil
Species: Citrus sinensis
Part Used: Rind
Method of Extraction: Cold Pressed
Orange Essential Oil is used extensively as a food flavoring.
Hand Sanitizers and Degreasing soaps often contain Orange Essential Oil as well.
Aroma: Citrus, Sweet, Clean
Antimicrobial, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Antidepressant
Flavorings, Deodorizing, Degreaser, Disinfectant, Inflammation, Mentally Stimulating, Insecticide, Digestive Ailments, Cleaning Products
Caution: Any citrus oil may cause photo-sensitivity. It is better to avoid use during sun exposure to reduce the risk of sunburn.
Orange oil is an essential oil produced by cells within the rind of an orange fruit (Citrus sinensis fruit). In contrast to most essential oils, it is extracted as a by-product of orange juice production by centrifugation, producing a cold-pressed oil. It is composed of mostly (greater than 90%) d-limonene, and is often used in place of pure d-limonene. D-limonene can be extracted from the oil by distillation.
Limonene gives citrus fruit their familiar aroma, and is therefore used in perfume and household cleaners for its fragrance. It is also an effective, environmentally friendly, and relatively safe solvent, which makes it an active ingredient of choice in many applications, such as, adhesive and stain removers, cleaners of various sorts, and strippers. Limonene is also highly useful in agriculture.
Orange oil can be used in biological pest control green pesticides. It can kill an ant, as well as a whole colony of ants. Orange oil also erases an ant’s scent-pheromone trail indicators and disrupt re-infestation activities in ants. Their use in organic farming is becoming increasingly important because of their non-toxic nature. They are commonly used in kitchens to safely repel ants.
Orange oil is also known to be useful to control or exterminate termites of the Drywood (Kalotermitidae) variety. -Wikipedia
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