Orange Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
Common Name: Sweet Orange Peel
Botanical Name: Citrus sinensis, C. aurantium
Pin Yin Name: Jú pí
- Apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Heart 7
- Apply the Fire Element Acupressure Stick to Acupressure Point Pericardium 6
Sweet orange essential oil has a mild stimulating effect on the Liver and Gallbladder; it breaks up congested Liver Qi and stimulates the flow of bile. In this way, orange essential oil aids in the digestion of fats and combats gas and chronic constipation by encouraging the sequential steps leading to healthy digestion. Sweet orange essential oils balances Shen disorders and emotional issues such as nervous tension leading to anxiety. It also has anti-viral and antifungal constituents. Orange is prized for combating aging by soothing wrinkles and stretch marks while revitalizing washed-out dull skin
Properties: Pungent, sweet, neutral
Nature: Cheerful, joyous, courageous, fortunate, abundant, adaptable, optimistic, balanced, sympathetic, embracing, friendly, open, kind, radiant, outgoing, adaptable
Imbalances Treated with Orange Essential Oil in Chinese Medicine
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, each energetic organ system is assigned to one of the Five Elements. Each element has both physical and emotional symptoms that would indicate imbalances in one or more of the related organ systems. Learn more here!
Water Element Energetic Organ Systems: Kidney, Urinary Bladder
- Nervous anxiety
Wood Element Energetic Organ Systems: Liver, Gallbladder
Fire Element Energetic Organ Systems: Heart, Small Intestine, Pericardium, San Jiao
Earth Element Energetic Organ Systems: Spleen, Stomach
- Poor appetite
- Abdominal distention and pain
- Weak-tired muscles
Metal Element Energetic Organ Systems: Lung, Large Intestine
Plant description: Small, evergreen fruiting tree originating is Asia, grown throughout the world in temperate and Mediterranean regions.
Part used: Ripened peel
(Flower: See neroli essential oil)
(Immature, un-ripened peel: see bitter orange essential oil)
Note: High note that disperses quickly without the addition of fixative-type essential oils
Safety and Contraindications
- No known cumulative toxicity used topically with distilled orange oil
- Dilute to 5-10% for therapeutic applications
- Recommendations for topical use only
- Pregnant or nursing women and children-infants should only use essential oils under the guidance of their local practitioner
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