Why you should have sweet orange essential oil in your cleaning products
There are a large number of orange- scented cleaners on the market, and for good reason. Orange is a pleasantly sweet and refreshing smell, as well as being a bit astringent, making it an ideal scent for a cleaning product.
However if you want the full benefit of using an essential oil, the manufactured scents won’t provide what you want. It’s worth using real essential oils for more than just their smell though. The benefits of sweet orange essential oils are varied and do so much more than just smell nice.
Limonene and Myrcene
These two active ingredients that are found in orange oil are the superstars that give it many of its positive qualities. Limonene is an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation. Myrcene may help in a similar way, with an analgesic affect, helping chemicals to be absorbed through the blood-brain barrier. It’s also a sedative and relaxant.
Orange essential oil dissolves grease easily
One of limonene’s qualities is that it is excellent at dissolving oils. This makes it an excellent addition to cleaning products as it helps to cut through grease with minimal effort. This is why a number of heavy-duty hand cleaners use orange or lemon as a base.
Antibacterial qualities of orange essential oil
Citrus makes an excellent cleaner because it has a natural antibacterial affect. Wipe down your benchtops with cleaners that contain real sweet orange essential oils and you are wiping away bacteria- naturally!
Myrcene relaxes and has calming affects
The scent of sweet orange can relieve a bad mood and help you to relax. It can help to ‘turn off’ cortisol, the chemical that appears when you are stressed. Using a diffuser, oil burner, or having orange essential oil extract in household cleaners can help to control stress and anxiety! Used before bedtime, this may help to get a good night’s sleep.