23 Sweet Orange Essential Oil Recipes, Benefits and Uses

Sweet orange essential oil has been refreshing us for centuries with its lovely scent and zesty flavour. This citrusy oil extracted from orange peels has a ton of health benefits and uses besides the obvious huge quantities of vitamin C. A few drops of orange essential oil can give you a boost of energy (we could all do with that), freshen your home and enhance your wellbeing. This little uplifting oil can also treat skin conditions, support cognitive function, and enhance your overall health. So with that in mind, I’ve curated 23 sweet orange essential oil recipes to do just that. Below you’ll find mood-boosting diffuser blends, soothing massage oils, and revitalising skincare recipes using the sunny essence of sweet orange. Bliss. Let’s get into it.

half a sliced orange with orange juice dripping from it

Benefits of Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Before we jump into the recipes, let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits sweet orange essential oil has to offer. Extracted through cold-pressing the peel of sweet oranges or citrus sinensis (not citrus aurantium – that’s bitter orange (to remember the difference: the bitter one has ‘rant’ in the name).

This beneficial oil is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, making it a great addition to your skincare routine. It can help promote a healthy complexion, reduce the appearance of blemishes, and rejuvenate dull-looking skin.

The peel of citrus fruits is full of limonene, a compound renowned for its uplifting and refreshing properties. Not only that, but the scent of sweet orange oil can also help reduce stress, and anxiety, and promote relaxation. There’s nothing like the smell of oranges to make you think of summer, so I can see why.

Boosting Energy Levels

Sweet Orange essential oil has been shown to have a stimulating effect on the brain and nervous system, making it a great natural way to invigorate your senses and enhance your energy levels. The fresh, citrusy aroma of this oil can help uplift your mood and reduce fatigue making it an good choice for those groggy mornings or afternoon slumps.

Supporting Cognitive Function

Along with its energising properties, Sweet Orange essential oil can support cognitive function and mental clarity. The stimulating scent of orange has been shown to improve concentration, memory retention, and focus. So if you’ve got long study sessions coming up or need some intense focus for work, try a whiff of orange essential oil instead of a supplement; it can help sharpen your mind and enhance productivity.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil Recipes for Skin

a hand holding a white oil dropper  containing orange oil above skin

As sweet orange essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, it makes a good remedy for skin irritation. When diluted with a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil, it can be applied topically to acne, eczema and dermatitis (make sure not to apply to broken skin) to reduce redness, itchiness, and inflammation. Its refreshing citrus scent also helps to rejuvenate the skin and promote a healthy glow. 

Remember, when using sweet orange essential oil topically, always perform a patch test on a small area of your skin. You know the drill, If you have any sensitivities, stop.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil Face Mask Recipes

Sweet orange essential oil has a variety of uses, so let’s start with skincare. From brightening and hydrating to soothing and energizing, here are a few simple yet effective DIY face mask recipes:

1. Brightening Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon of yoghurt
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • A few drops of sweet orange essential oil

This little brightening face mask is a great way to revitalise your skin tone, naturally.

Combine a tablespoon of plain yoghurt with a teaspoon of honey and a few drops of sweet orange essential oil. Mix well and apply to cleansed skin for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. The vitamin C in orange oil helps to boost skin brightness, while yoghurt and honey gently exfoliate and moisturise.

two essential oil bottles beside orange quarters and mint leaves

2. Acne-Fighting Mask

  • Two tablespoons of bentonite clay
  • A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 drop of sweet orange essential oil

This mask combats acne and blemishes by reducing inflammation and unclogging pores. Mix two tablespoons of bentonite clay with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, then add a drop of sweet orange essential oil.

Apply the mask to affected areas, let it dry for 10-15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. The antibacterial properties of orange oil, combined with the detoxifying effects of clay, can help clarify and calm troubled skin.

3. Hydrating Face Mask

  • Half an Avocado
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • A few drops of sweet orange essential oil

Treat dry skin to a hydrating face mask that nourishes and moisturises for a healthy complexion. Blend half an avocado (you can eat the other half) with a tablespoon of honey and a few drops of sweet orange essential oil until smooth.

Apply the mixture to clean skin, and leave on for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off with cool water. The vitamin E in avocado, along with the hydrating properties of honey and orange oil, can help restore moisture balance and improve skin texture.

a flat lay of two avocado halves, oats, sugar and oil on a table

4. Energizing Face Mask

  • 1 Mashed banana
  • Teaspoon of oats
  • a couple of drops of sweet orange essential oil

Continuing the trend of kitchen cupboard skincare, try this face mask for refreshing and moisturising tired skin. Combine a mashed banana with a teaspoon of oats and a drop of sweet orange essential oil. Apply the mask to your face and neck, let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water.

It’ll wake up and moisturise your skin, leaving it looking rejuvenated. The oats make it especially good for eczema and other skin conditions, just remember to watch out for broken skin.

5. Soothing Face Mask

  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel (which you can get here, if you don’t have a plant)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • A drop of sweet orange essential oil

This is a great mask if you need to calm and soothe sensitive skin. Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a teaspoon of coconut oil and a drop of sweet orange essential oil. Apply the soothing mask to clean skin and relax for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with cold water.

The anti-inflammatory properties of orange oil, combined with the cooling effects of aloe vera and coconut oil, can help reduce redness and irritation, balancing your skin.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil Blends

Hand holding an essential oil dropper above an amber bottle

 If food on your face isn’t your thing, (it’s not for everybody) you can always blend orange oil with other oils, here are a few that work well together:

6. Refreshing Face Mist with Orange and Peppermint Oils

  • A few drops of Sweet orange essential oil
  • 1 drop of Peppermint oil
  • Spray bottle of water

Create a revitalising face mist by combining sweet orange and invigorating peppermint oils. In a small spray bottle, mix water with a few drops of sweet orange and peppermint essential oils. Shake well before each use and spritz onto your face for a burst of hydration.

This one is a great refreshing pick-me-up on a hot day. Also, If you want to keep mosquitoes away, try adding a few drops of lavender. Mosquitoes hate lavender.

7. Orange and Lavender Oil Face Serum

  • Jojoba or almond oil in a dropper bottle
  • A few drops of Sweet orange essential oil 
  • A few drops of Lavender oil

Speaking of lavender, blend it with sweet orange oil for a nourishing and calming face serum. In a dropper bottle, mix a carrier oil like jojoba or almond oil with a few drops of sweet orange and lavender oils. Gently massage a few drops of this serum onto your face before bed to promote relaxation and help your skin rejuvenate overnight.

Orange and lavender make a surprisingly good combination that can help you relax while nourishing your skin.

8. Orange and Tea Tree Oil Acne Spot Treatment

  • 1 drop of sweet orange essential oil
  • 1 drop of tea tree oil
  • A rollerball bottle (like these ones)
  • Coconut or jojoba oil

This is a great little targeted blemish treatment. In a small rollerball bottle, mix a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba oil with a drop of sweet orange oil and a drop of tea tree oil. Apply it directly to the affected area to help reduce inflammation and encourage healing.

The antibacterial properties of tea tree oil combined with the skin-brightening effects of sweet orange oil create an effective treatment for troublesome spots. It also works a treat on Rosacea.

Sweet orange essential oil recipes for bath and body

essential oil dropper with sweet orange essential oil over a brown bottle

9. Citrus Oils Body Scrub

  • Sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • A few drops of orange essential oil

For a rejuvenating body scrub that will exfoliate and moisturise, mix together a few drops of orange essential oil with sugar and coconut oil. It’ll leave your skin soft and glowing.

10. Refreshing Orange Body Wash

  • Liquid Castille soap
  • Teaspoon of Sweet almond oil
  • A few drops of sweet orange essential oil

Castille soap is lovely natural base made from saponified oils. Combine a little liquid Castile soap with sweet almond oil and sweet orange essential oil and you get a cleansing and energising body wash that’ll leave your skin feeling nourished and revitalised.

11. Revitalising Bath Soak

  • 1 cup of Epsom salts, (or about 250mls in the UK)
  • 5 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil 

This lovely relaxing bath soak is nice and easy. All you need is a little Epsom salt, combined with lavender and sweet orange oil. Add to warm running water and soak away all the stress. You’ll feel like a wet noodle.

12. Orange Hand Cream

hand holding an orange with stem and leaves
  • Tablespoon or two of shea butter
  • Coconut oil
  • A few of drops of sweet orange essential oil

I love playing around with shea butter, you can do so much with it. For this hand cream, beat together a blend of shea butter, coconut oil, and sweet orange essential oil until it has a whipped texture. If you like it softer, add a little more oil. Then use to keep your hands soft and supple.

13. Zesty Orange Lip Balm

  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter
  • 3 tablespoons of beeswax pellets
  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 10-15 Sweet orange essential oil

You can also create some great lip balms with shea butter. Try melting it with beeswax and coconut oil and stirring in sweet orange oil. Then, pour into containers, (or these nifty little lip balm tubes), let them cool, and you’ve got yourself a new set of summery lip balms.

14. Orange and Ylang Ylang Body Scrub

Ylang ylang oil is also full of benefits for skin. Try combining sugar, almond oil, ylang-ylang essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil for a luxurious scrub that will leave your skin glowing and delicately scented.

A bottle of frankincense essential oil on a table

15. Relaxing Orange and Frankincense Massage Oil

  • A couple of drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • A couple of drops of frankincense essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons of almond oil (For massage oils you want a 2-3% dilution which is about 4-6 drops of essential oil for 2 teaspoons of carrier oil)

Want to relax? Blend together almond oil, frankincense essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil for a calming massage oil that will help release tension and promote relaxation. 

Household Uses and Blends with Orange Essential Oil

2 brown bottle pots-of oil beside some green leaves on a table

Orange oil is not just for the skin. Here are a few DIY recipes to help add freshness and clean your space the natural way.

16. DIY Surface Cleaner with Orange and Cedarwood Oils

  • 1 cup of distilled water (about 250mls in the UK)
  • half a cup of white vinegar
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops of cedarwood oil

Sweet orange oil is not just for topical use. Its antibacterial properties also make it a useful natural surface cleaner. In a spray bottle, mix a cup of distilled water with a half cup of white vinegar. Then add 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil and 5 drops of cedarwood essential oil for a complimentary woody scent. Shake well before each use and clean surfaces just like the Victorians.

17. Odour-Eliminating Room Spray with Orange and Clove Bud Oils

  • 3 tablespoons of witch hazel
  • 3 tablespoons of distilled water
  • 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • 5 drops of clove bud essential oil

Sweet orange oil also makes a pretty good odour eliminator. In a small spray bottle, mix 3 tablespoons of witch hazel with 3 tablespoons of distilled water. Then add 10 drops of sweet orange essential oil and 5 drops of clove bud essential oil. Shake gently and spray in the air or on fabrics to neutralise odours and keep your home fresh.

Sweet Orange Essential Oil Diffuser Blend Recipes

an electric essential oil diffuser with a wooden finish on a brown table

Orange essential oil brings a bright and citrusy aroma to any space. When used in oil diffusers, it can uplift your mood, create a calming atmosphere, and even purify the air around you. Here are a few refreshing sweet orange essential oil blends for your diffuser: 

18. Citrus Oils Burst

  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops grapefruit essential oil

Brighten up any room with this zesty and energising blend that brings a burst of citrus freshness. Blend 3 drops of sweet orange essential oil, 2 drops of lemon essential oil, and 1 drop of grapefruit essential oil in your diffuser. This combination can help boost your focus and productivity.

19. The Calming Blend

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of chamomile essential oil

Create a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere with this soothing blend that helps to promote relaxation and inner calm.

20. Fresh Morning

  • 4 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil

Need help waking up? I’m right there with you. For those of us who are not morning people, this invigorating blend will give your foggy brain a boost when you have to get going before you want to.

21. Tropical Relaxer Blend

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
  • 1 drop of vanilla essential oil

I love vanilla, so I use it any chance I get. This is a lovely relaxing blend that’ll help you wind down. 

a hand adding drops of violet essential oil to a diffuser for aromatherapy

22. Mood Boosting Productivity Blend

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 1 drop geranium essential oil

Infuse your space with a warm and sunny aroma designed to boost your mood and help you get some work done. Its worth a try…

23. Autumn Spice

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop clove essential oil

Finally, I love autumn, and this blend is the perfect cosy accompaniment. Its a lovely spicy-sweet, comforting blend.

Safety and Storage

As usual, be cautious when using pure essential oils. Always do a patch test on small areas of your skin before you go to town on your whole body and if you have an any adverse reactions, stop. Also if you have any health conditions its best to seek medical advice. If you’re pregnant don’t use essential oils.

Sweet orange oil can oxidise and become less effective so you’ll want to limit exposure to sunlight, heat, air and moisture to prolong its shelf life. So make sure to close the bottle tightly after use and it’ll keep fresh and potent.

Finally

The recipes above are just some of the many ways you can use sweet orange essential oil. Whether you’re looking to increase your focus, enhance your skincare routine, or create a calming atmosphere, sweet orange essential oil is a good go-to natural remedy. If nothing else you can pretend you’re in a sunny Californian orangery (unless you’re there already) instead of a gloomy office. So go forth, experiment with what ever combination suits your fancy and let me know how you get on!

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