Sweet Orange

The Sweet Smell of Sweet Orange – Essential Oil

Sweet orange is exactly as it sounds – the cold compress of an orange peel. It’s the decompressed oil left after a distillation process. It’s invigorating smell can help radiate positivity, uplift spirits and create a sweet-smelling atmosphere.



Use as an antibacterial: sweet orange should not be directly applied to the skin as it may cause the skin to break. However, sweet orange can be used as an antibacterial sanitizer for cuts and wounds. Apply to the skin only if used with a carrier oil or warm water.

Circulation and gas control: this oil has medicinal properties that assist in removing excess gas from the endocrine system. You may combine with warm tea or use as a palm inhalation to increase circulation and smelled through the nose.

Protect your mouth: many essential oils help protect against nasty sores or bad breath. Sweet orange has an antiseptic property that helps protect the mouth from unwanted sores. When you feel a mouth sore coming on, mix a cup of lukewarm water with 2-3 drops of lemon and sweet orange essential oil. Swish and spit. Repeat as necessary.

Use as a home cleaner: sweet orange can be used to clean many household appliances and surfaces. It’s especially useful in deodorizing the dishwasher. Combine one cup of lemon juice with 15-20 drops of sweet orange and place in the dishwasher before using. For yucky smells coming from the garbage disposal, use an orange lemon peel with 5-10 drops of sweet orange oil and grind in the disposal. Sweet orange can also be added to homemade house cleaners. It adds that scent of sweetness to eliminate the smell of chemicals.



Anti-inflammatory: sweet orange fits in with this time of year. If boiled with warm water, apples and cinnamon, it can be sipped like a cider or smelled for relaxation.

Sedative: it’s not going to put you out for 12 hours, but it can help you relax after a long day. Using an essential oil to replace other sedatives on the market help ease the chances of heart and liver damage. Sweet orange can be used as a sedative simply by smelling out of a perfume roller a few times a day or in an oil diffuser is a great way to relax.

Diuretic: sweet orange can be used to help wean the body off of toxins if applied in moderation. Use in a warm bath to help release toxins and improve blood flow. Add with a cup of epsom salt to a warm bath before bedtime. Not only will it feel good but you’ll smell great afterwards.

Repel insects: despite its sweet flavor, smell and taste, sweet orange can be used to repel insects – perfect for the upcoming spring season. When flowers begin to bloom, combine 4 drops of sweet orange oil with 5 drops of lavender oil and 4 drops of clove essential oil into a spray bottle. Spray the affected plants or use on the porch when the bugs are on high alert.

Be Good To Your Nails – Using Essential Oil & Body Oils

The answer to your question is yes. Oil does have a thousand uses, including using them on your nails!

Nails can be prone to breakage and that makes its difficult to grow long and healthy nails. The average fingernail grows about 2-3mm per month. Excessive water use or lots of work with your hands can break your nails or cause

Essential oils, when mixed and prepared properly, can stimulate nail growth. Here are some ways to use oils (both essential and non) to strengthen and grow your nails.


Make a warm lavender bath using a few cups of warm water, epsom salt and 5-10 drops of lavender. After soaking, apply drops of lavender directly to the cuticle of your nails.

Sweet Orange

Oh hey! Sweet orange is a great essential oil to use to stimulate nail growth. Apply a few drops to the cuticles or ends of your nails. Try this for a week at a time and ensure no reaction occurs.


Myrrh might be one of the best essential oils to use for this purpose! It’s strengthening characteristics make it moisturizing and wonderful for those looking to keep nails from thinning. Always test

Another warm bath:

And for kicks…here’s another warm bath and essential oil mix:


2 tablespoons of Grapeseed oil

5 drops of Tea tree oil

3 drops of lemon essential oil

2 drops of lavender essential oil

How to make:

Simply add these essential oils together with warm water.

Blackstrap molasses:

Blackstrap molasses is a syrup but just for giggles, we’ll classify it as a oil replacement as it helps strengthen nails. Don’t apply to your fingers! Instead, add a teaspoon to warm water and sip. Its qualities are said to help prevent bitter nails as it works from the inside out.

Flaxseed oil:

When flaxseed oil is pure, it is a great oil to use. Finding pure flaxseed oil isn’t difficult – just requires a little label reading. After a warm water bath for your hands, apply flaxseed oil to the cuticles.

Vitamin E oil:

Vitamin E has the strengthening force to help hair, skin and nails. Its ability to protect bone and connective tissue makes for a great oil to apply. Apply at night (no sunshine at night, am I right?) Use with caution, however, as vitamin E oil can be strong and may irritate sensitive skin.

Dead Sea Salt bath:

The power of the Dead Sea…

Dead Sea salts not only make hands silky smooth but also remove dead skin. Make a warm salt bath with warm water, ¾ cup of dead sea salt and either lavender or sweet orange essential oil. Soak for 30-35 minutes. Afterwards, put on a pair of gloves to hold in the moisture.

Using gloves (for everything):

Using essential oils can feel a little greasy when you first begin using them. Use gloves after dipping your fingernails into essential oils and before bed. This help locks in the oils and moisture. Try a pair!

There are many options for applying oils to your nails. The key to this all is to apply consistently so that your nails adjust to each oil and utilize the properties of the oils.