We normally associate orange oil with flavouring of sweets and desserts but it came as a surprise to me that orange essential oil is good for your hair.
Massaging orange oil into the scalp appears to do wonders for the hair follicles providing a form of nutrition to the roots. The vitiman C in orange oil is easily absorbed into the scalp and, the general thinking is that, this helps to dilate the capillaries allowing for better blood circulation. Better circulation means better nourishment for the hair follicles improving hair growth.
Split ends and dryness
Orange essential oil is among the best of the reviews for having a positive effect on the condition of hair generally. Using it regularly appears to help the hair to become shiny and reduces the instances of split ends and brittle hair.
It also helps to maintain a healthy moisture level avoiding drying of the scalp reducing the onset of dandruff.
How to use orange essential oil
You need to mix it with a convenient inert carrier oil. Olive oil is ideal for this. Measure out about 10 drops of orange essence oil to be mixed with about a ½ teaspoon of olive oil in the palm of your hand. Then start massaging this well into your scalp. Leave it for about an hour. Be aware that when orange essential oil is exposed to sunlight the area of exposure is likely to go dark. It’s advised to keep out of direct sunlight or cover fully for this time. After about 1 hour rinse your hair and give it a normal shampoo.
Another way to benefit from orange essential oil is to drizzle a few drops on your comb and then comb through your hair. Just a few drops won’t have any adverse effect in sunlight and you will carry the fresh aroma of the orange essential oil. This will work with essential oils exuding a subtle perfume. Try this with the essential oils of tea tree, lavender and rosemary.
If you think you may have a problem with lice or you fear an onset, massaging orange essential oil into the scalp will make a difference.
Orange essential oil is one of the many essential oils available out there. Essential oils are extracted from plants by either pressing or heat distilling. The essence oils in the plant are effective as a defence against bacterial and fungal invasion. They will also deter insects and animals allessential oil diffuserowing the plant to survive. Some plants generate essential oils which act as a natural weed killer. This suppresses vegetation in the immediate area in nature’s competitive scramble to survive over everything else.
There is, therefore, little doubt about the natural powers of essential oils. This probably explains the effect that orange essential oil has when applied to lice.
There are other essential oils which appear to show the same result including tea tree oil, lavender and rosemary essential oils.
There is a bonus from using essential oils for this treatment. They have a healing effect which will dissolve away the irritation associated with the onset of lice.
Orange essence oil has other uses.
5 other ways to benefit from orange essential oil.
Orange essential oil extracted from the rind of the orange fruit. It contains the essence of the plant’s fragrance which gives it it’s unique identity.
There appears to be many benefits from applying or ingesting the vapours of orange oil.
Here’s some more of what it can do for you and where you can get it:
1. Lift your mood
If you’re feeling a bit down, get some orange essence oil and a diffuser to have an aromatherapy experience.
Change the atmosphere of your living or working space by introducing the freshness from orange essence.
Here I could bore you with the chemistry of how it will reduce the secretion of this and increase your ability to do that. All of which will lift your mood and make you want to do what ever it is that you have to do.
Instead let’s just simply say this.
Pleasant smells command an air of uncomplicated relaxation.
Misting the air around you from an aroma humidifier or reed-diffuser also helps to take away the dryness that tends to cause dry skin and cracked lips.
2. Use it as an antiseptic
When you get a cut or scratch, any of the citrus oils can substitute for a tube of antiseptic. Dab some on the injured area to give it a clean. It will sting a bit but this usually indicates that your doing some good. If it’s hurting you then it’s killing the bacteria that are trying to start an infection.
3. Orange essence for relieving hay fever
If you suffer from summer allergies and get a bunged-up nose with itching eyes, take a sniff from a small bottle of orange essence. This will help to relieve the symptoms and give you that fresh orange smell.
4. For oral hygiene
Some people use orange essence as part of a mouth-wash routine by mixing a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt 6 drops of orange essence into a cup of warm water. Gargling with this will help to clean the mouth and help reduce any inflammation of the gums.
5. Natural hand cleaner
If it’s good enough to swish around in your mouth, why not use it as a hand cleaner?
Dribble a few drops into the palm of your hand and rub both hands together to get it all over. This should cleans away any cold-causing germs that you will have picked up from the last handshake or door-handle interaction.
You’ll also get a nice whiff of orange – who wouldn’t want that?
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