Uplifting and full of zesty flavour, it’s no surprise that wild orange essential oil is one of the most popular in the world. A versatile oil, it can be used for cleaning and has an energising aroma, making it ideal for diffusion.

I love how enlivening and stimulating wild orange essential oil is for the senses when you add a few drops into the diffuser in the morning. At the end of the day, I like to add a few drops into the diffuser or five drops into a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes to relax.

What is wild orange essential oil?

Wild orange oil (scientific name: Citrus sinensis) is harvested from oranges and quickly cold pressed to maintain its freshness. It contains very powerful properties.

Add a few drops to a diffuser to give an energising aroma to the air to lift your mood.

Where does wild orange essential oil come from?

While the exact origin of Citrus sinensis is unknown, botanists believe that it is a natural hybrid of the Pummelo (C. maxima) and the Mandarin (C. reticulata) botanicals and that it originated between the South-West of China and the Himalayas.

However, in 1493, Christopher Columbus carried orange seeds during his expedition to the Americas and eventually they reached Haiti and the Caribbean. By the time they were introduced to Europe in the 16th century, sweet oranges moved from being plants to fruit that was grown by the wealthy. Today, it is one of the oldest and most commonly grown fruit trees in the world.

Wild orange essential oil is high in monoterpenes. It can contain up to 90% d-limonene, a terpene that is used in both flavouring and fragrance. The other active ingredients in wild orange oil are alpha-pinene and myrcene. Myrcene is a terpene also found in cannabis that can support healthy sleep and pain management.

Wild orange essential oil contains very powerful properties and has an energising, uplifting aroma.

What are the benefits of using wild orange essential oil?

It is because of this high monoterpene content that wild orange essential oil supports healthy joints and muscles and can be used to support dealing with inflammatory pain.

Scientific research also backs up how wild orange oil can be used to support pain relief. A study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine focused on treating knee pain with ginger or orange essential oils. Both oils helped to significantly decrease severity of pain and stiffness. The aromatherapy also demonstrated an increase in physical function compared to the control group.

Meanwhile, its energising and uplifting aroma makes it an excellent option as an all-purpose cleaning spray to clean surfaces throughout the house.

Sunshine exposure and using citrus oils:

It’s important to know that there are some cases where using citrus oils, such as wild orange essential oil, can make your skin more sensitive to irritation from the sun. That’s why it’s best to avoid direct sunlight when using any citrus essential oil on the skin.


Pete’s 5 favourite ways to use wild orange oil

  • 01

    Brighten your day
    Combine three drops of wild orange essential oil with two drops of cassia oil and diffuse. This diffuser recipe will provide you with uplifting feelings to brighten your day.

  • 02

    Put three drops of wild orange in your bathroom sink or bathtub drains to help dispel any unpleasant odours or grime. Be sure to let the oil evaporate before you run the water.

  • 03

    Support an afternoon pick-me-up
    Dilute one drop of peppermint oil, one drop of wild orange oil and one drop of frankincense oil in a carrier oil and rub onto the pulse points on your wrist. Inhale by cupping your hands over your nose.

  • 04

    Massage oil
    Add two drops of wild orange essential oil with a ½ toothpick of cassia oil to fractionated coconut oil and create a heating massage oil that may may support relief from sore muscles and joints.

  • 05

    Bath oil
    Draw a warm bath, add five drops of wild orange oil and soak for 15 to 20 minutes to support and soothe tired muscles.

Want to use wild orange oil to support healthy living?

Health Disclaimer

Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.

doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.