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About wild orange oil:

dōTERRA’s wild orange oil is sourced from the Dominican Republic, cold pressed (expressed) from the rinds (peels) of the Citrus sinensis fruit, yielding an oil with a sweet, fresh, citrus aroma, high in monoterpenes, including the chemical compound d-limonene. 

Wild orange oil is uplifting to the mind and body.  It is high in antioxidants, helping to maintain overall health and protect against seasonal and environmental threats.  It is ideal to enhance immunity when seasonal threats are high. 

Wild orange is also a powerful cleanser and purifying agent.  It can be taken daily, to cleanse the body, or used on surfaces, as a natural cleaner.  Diffusing wild orange will energize and uplift the mind and body, while purifying the air.  It also enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma. 

Wild orange is used extensively as a fragrance component in soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes, and in the food and drinks industry. 

Primary benefits of wild orange oil 

  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent 
  • Protects against seasonal and environmental threats 
  • High in antioxidants, which are essential to overall health 
  • Uplifting to the mind and body 

Uses for wild orange oil 

  • Use in an all-purpose spray, to cleanse and purify surfaces. 
  • Add a drop to your water every day, for a burst of flavor and to promote overall health. 
  • Use in massage for its uplifting and protective properties. 
  • Diffuse, to uplift the mind and body, and to freshen the air. 
  • Diffuse in the car on long trips.  It is uplifting to the mind and body, and protects against environmental threats. 
  • Use with direct inhalation, to energize the mind and body.  Simply dispense one to two drops of wild orange into the palm of your hand, along with equal parts peppermint and frankincense.  Rub your palms together, then cup them over your face and inhale deeply.  Rub any remaining oil on the back of your neck. 

How to use wild orange oil 

Wild orange oil is intended for aromatic, topical or dietary use.  It is gentle enough to be used neat. 

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. 
  • Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl oz of liquid.  Wild orange oil is certified GRAS, and is safe for ingestion. 
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.  While gentle enough to be used neat, dilution with dōTERRA’s fractionated coconut oil will help to minimize any possible skin sensitivity.  See additional precautions below. 

Cautions: Possible skin sensitivity.  Keep out of reach of children.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and sensitive areas.  Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product.

Essential oils for energy

Create Motivation and Energy

Do you find it hard to get out of bed every morning? Do you suffer with the lack of energy during the day? Do you find yourself reaching out for your numerous coffee refills and it’s barely mid-afternoon, maybe try reaching for an essential oil the next time.

Essential oils can help wake up your whole body by invigorating the senses very quickly, and make you feel revitalized and energetic, leading to a clearer head and then greater productivity. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years, essential oils are amazing for their therapeutic properties and pack a powerful punch in such a small bottle! Only a few drops of these natural, potent aromatic compounds obtained from the flowers, leaves, seeds and bark of plants, can quickly get you back on your feet when you’re feeling depleted. 

Let’s face it, we’ve all felt low on energy at times. There are many underlying reasons for feeling this way, including high stress, lack of proper sleep, adrenal fatigue, emotional  stress, low moods and more. 
If you feel any of these symptoms below, you may be victim to low energy levels:

  • Inability to concentrate or focus
  • Lack of motivation
  • Feeling depressed
  • Body aches and pains
  • Feeling tired without having done much
  • Drowsiness at odd hours in the day
  • Increased or loss of appetite
  • Feeling irritable

Essential Oils are steam-distilled or cold-pressed, they are extracted from plants, and have aromatic properties which have incredibly amazing benefits.

Essential Oils are “adaptogens” because of their ability to uniquely “adapt” to the needs of the person using the oil, an irritated person might feel calm after using an oil, and a person with low energy levels may feel uplifted using the same oil!

The aromatic molecular compounds in essential oils can pass right through the blood/brain barrier, directly affecting the areas in our brain that control feelings of stress, anxiety and mental fatigue. Hence why the oils work so quickly as they enter the limbic system and into the brain and then changing your moods instantly.

So when you’re struggling with low energy, essential oils when applied topically, or inhaled and also used in a diffuser are proven to uplift the mood, re-energize, and calm mental stress.

Here are a few ways essential oils can help boost your energy levels:

  • Make you feel fresh and ready to tackle the day
  • Elevate your mood and promote positivity
  • Help you re-focus and concentrate
  • Reduce feelings of stress and anxiety
  • Alleviate fatigue and tiredness
  • Increase productivity levels
  • Give you the uplift you need to get going

If you’re ready to put the buzz back in your step, read on to discover the top 16 best essential oils for energy, revitalizing your senses and improving your mood.

Wild Orange Essential Oil

1. Wild ORANGE

Orange essential oil smells just like a fresh zingy, orange. With a powerful, uplifting aroma, orange oil has proven benefits for creating feelings of happiness that can improve energy levels.


1. Add to your diffuser: Need an immediate energy boost? Diffuse a few drops of orange essential oil to instantly uplift and improve concentration.

2. Inhale directly: Directly inhale orange oil to awaken the senses and re-focus on an important task.

3. Add to water: Add 1 drop to your glass of water for a refreshing taste.

Lime Essential Oil

2. LIME 

Not as potent as orange, but with a sweet and tangy scent, lime oil is perfect to give you the kick you need, without being too overly powerful. According to Chinese Medicine, lime oil is known to promote energy flow in the body. It works really well for helping you to re-focus and concentrate after working or studying for long hours.


1. Add to your diffuser: Lime essential oil is perhaps best used in a diffuser to invigorate the mood. It also helps to cleanse the air while at it! 
2. Inhale directly: Dealing with a high-stress situation at work or at home? Directly inhale lime oil and get the boost you need to get through.

3. Add to water: Add 1 drop to your glass of water for a refreshing taste.

Grapefruit Essential Oil


Such an uplifting scent, grapefruit essential oil is an excellent stress buster and is very beneficial in reducing mental fatigue.


1. Add to your diffuser: Perhaps best used in a diffuser, you will be blown away by how it makes you feel after a long day at work or the lift you need mid afternoon.

2. Apply topically: Add a few drops to the back of your neck or your wrists for a quick uplift. 

3. Add to your shower: Need a quick energy boost? Add a drop to your shower gel. Inhale deeply to get the full medicinal benefits.
4. Add to water: Add 1 drop to your glass of water for a refreshing taste.

There’s nothing like the refreshing scent of peppermint! Minty oils like peppermint, eucalyptus and spearmint are excellent for increasing mental clarity, concentration and staying alert. Whether you use them to feel fresh in the morning, or to snap out off a mid-afternoon lull – potent and powerful, minty oils are incredibly versatile and will give you an instant energy boost with a different and if you mix 1 drop to a drop of Wild Orange – wow – that will totally wake the whole body up!!

Peppermint Essential Oil


Peppermint essential oil is an all-rounder when it comes to medicinal properties. It is a natural antibacterial, pain reliever, antiviral and anti-fungal. Its strong, invigorating minty aroma makes it excellent for boosting both mental and physical vitality. It has not only shown to positively improve exercise performance but it can also help improve concentration and fight fatigue caused by overeating and sluggish digestion. Also can support headaches and migraines for all the head tensions that happen especially under pressure.


1. Add to your diffuser: Diffuse peppermint essential oil to help you stay alert and concentrate.

2. Apply topically: Add 1 drop to the base of your neck and shoulders to maintain energy levels throughout the day.

3. Inhale directly: A brilliant stimulant, inhale peppermint oil before working out to feel energetic and less lethargic.

Eucalyptus Esssential Oil


Eucalyptus has many healing properties. Its ability to support a favourable immune response means that it can profoundly affect energy levels in the body.


1. Cold relief: If you’re feeling fatigued from a cold and are congested, eucalyptus oil can help you get through your day. Add a few drops to a hot shower. Inhale the steam to open up your airways and uplift your mood at the same time!

2. Apply topically: Rub in a few drops of eucalyptus oil directly in your temples (careful not to get it in the eyes), wrists, feet and aching muscles and let the cool, tingling effect calm your muscles after a long day.

3. Inhale Directly: Take a deep breath directly from the bottle for an instant eye-opening pick me up. Add 1 drop to a tissue.

4. Add to your diffuser: Diffuse a few drops for an instant energizing uplift.

If you thought herbs were just for adding flavour to food – you’ll be surprised! Studies have shown that herbal oils like rosemary, thyme, basil and lemongrass have powerful medicinal healing benefits. Use them to give the room a fresh, airy feel, improve your mood and elevate your energy levels!

Rosemary Essential Oil


Feeling a fatigue attack coming on? Rosemary essential oil can help. The oil is also an excellent stimulant and helps fight low energy.

There are many studies that confirm that people that have inhaled Rosemary have improved cognitive abilities and felt more content.


1. Inhale: Deeply inhaling rosemary oil directly from the bottle or from a tissue soaked in 1 drop of the oil is the best way to get the most optimum benefits of the oil. 
2. Add to your diffuser: Diffuse 1-2 drops of rosemary oil to eliminate mental fatigue and get the positive energy you need to get things done.

Thyme Essential Oil


A known antibacterial, thyme oil can help boost the immune system and lift your spirits when you most need it.


Add to your diffuser: Combine 1 drop of thyme essential oil with 1 drop of orange or lime essential oil and the combination works wonders to help you get going!

Basil Essential Oil


There’s nothing like the fresh scent of basil when you’re making a pesto – basil essential oil takes that to a whole new level. Naturally energizing, basil oil helps to stimulate the adrenal glands which makes it excellent for alleviating sluggishness, relieving mental fog, and even fighting chronic fatigue. 


Add to your diffuser: Combine 1 drop of lemongrass oil with  1 drops of  basil oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil to instantly invoke freshness and clarity.

Lemongrass Essential Oil


lemongrass was only for adding that exotic zing of flavour to food? Well, this culinary herb can do much more. Lemongrass oil’s fresh, earthy, invigorating scent instantly uplifts, and can help balance energy and clear the mind.


Apply topically: Mix 1 drops of lemongrass oil and massage into your temples. Great for a quick pre-workout energy boost to get you motivated!

Warm and spicy oils like cinnamon, ginger and frankincense can give you the kick you need to get motivated and get going. If you want to feel alive and alert – these spicy oils are for you!

Cinammon Essential Oil


Cinnamon oil has shown great effects for regulating blood glucose, and as irregular blood sugar levels can lead to cravings, irritability, gaining weight, and reduced energy levels, cinnamon oil can give you an instant energy boost when you’re feeling both mentally and physically exhausted.


1. Inhale directly: Put 1 drop of cinnamon oil on your wrists or a handkerchief. The spicy scent is sure to enliven your senses! 
2. Add to your diffuser: Cinnamon oil not only makes the house smell great and festive but works well to curb emotional eating that can make you over-eat and feel sluggish.
This is a hot oil so not recommended for use on the skin.

Ginger Essential  Oil


Ginger oil is excellent for maintaining your energy levels. It stimulates the nerves and will keep you energized to get the job done. This deep, warm oil helps to fight feelings of sluggishness and revitalizes.


1. Inhale directly: Deeply inhaling the hot aroma of ginger oil from the bottle is great for elevating energy levels, and works especially well for nausea or morning sickness. The scent of ginger oil can also help reduce appetite and cravings. This is a hot oil so not recommended for use on the skin.

Frankincense Essential Oil

12. FRANKINCENSEDo you get anxious at times? Or perhaps you get bouts of low energy levels coupled with low moods – if this is you, frankincense essential oil is a great oil to use. A gentle, subtle but powerful oil, frankincense might not be as strong as the citrusy and minty oils on our list but it has a lifting, lingering, long-lasting aroma that can have positive effects on the limbic system and balance your energy levels.


1. Apply topically: Rub 1 drop of frankincense oil to your wrists, on your feet and on the back of your neck. It is sometimes used as a massage oil to balance nervous energy and promote positive energy. On the heels of the feet is also a great place to rub a drop.

2. Add to your diffuser: Add a drop of frankincense oil to your diffuser to help soothe, calm, balance and uplift your mood and energy levels.

Black Pepper Essential Oil


The warm and spicy scent of black pepper oil can enhance concentration and provide uplifting energy when you’re feeling worn out and sluggish. It is known to improve circulation and is excellent to use as a pre-work out essential oil, to promote exercise performance.


1. Apply topically: Rub 1 drop of black pepper oil in the soles of your feet for instant warming energy flow.

2. Inhale directly: The spicy aroma of the oil is strong enough to wake you up when you feel an afternoon slump coming on!

Apart from citrus, minty, spicy and herbal oils, essential oils with woody and flowery notes are great for refreshing the mind and invigorating the body. When you’re feeling tired and exhausted try these essential oils below (solo or in a blend) to stimulate both the mind and the body.

Cypress Essential Oil

14. FirsOn a day when deadlines are fast approaching or you have deadline reach for your fir oils to evoke feelings of energy and confidence.

Excellent for clearing out both physical and mental fatigue, fir oil invigorates, keeps you alert and promotes feelings of positivity.


Add to your diffuser: Diffuse 1 drop of pine oil to recharge your nervous system and feel empowered!

Lavender Essential Oil

15. LAVENDER Probably one of the most popular and all-round essential oils, the scent of lavender oil can actually slow down the nervous system to promote relaxation. How does this help your energy levels you might ask? Well, since lavender oil can lead to calming down the body and mind, it not only helps in increasing concentration and focus but also improves mood. Lavender essential oil is also excellent for reducing stress and calming agitation which can leave you with a generous amount of extra energy. A well known sleep enhancer, lavender oil works especially well for insomniacs – and a better night’s sleep is sure to make you feel fresh the next morning!


1. Inhale directly: Rub 1 drop of lavender oil in your palms, cup your hands to your face and breathe deeply. Within seconds, the aroma enters the brain’s emotion control center, and provides immediate calm and relaxation. 
2. Apply topically: When a tension headache strikes rub 1 drop of lavender oil on your temples. You can also massage it on the wrists and under the feet to promote quick absorption – great to get ready for a good night’s rest.  

3. Add to your diffuser: Diffuse 1 drop of lavender oil in the air when faced with a deadline or a stressful situation. This can calm the mind and allow for better concentration and improved energy levels to get on with a task.

4 Add to the bath: For a relaxing bath also add a handful of Epsom salts for the perfect bath time.

Cedarwood Essential Oil


Cedarwood oil is great for relieving stress and tension and has a calming effect on the mind. The aroma of cedarwood encourages the release of serotonin, which helps to stabilize moods. This helps you to fall asleep, improves your sleep quality, and makes you feel more energetic the next day.


1. Inhale directly: Inhale from the bottle or rub a few drops into your palms and cup your palms to your face and breathe deeply. You can also put 1-2 drops on your wrists or the heels of the feet before bed.

2. Add to your diffuser: Add a drop in your diffuser an hour or so before you put the lights out to set the mood for a goodnight’s sleep.

Chemical Properties of Wild Orange Essential Oil

Chemical Properties of Wild Orange

Chemical Properties

There are many different active compounds in wild orange essential oil, including purifying compounds (vitamins C and A), potassium, and monoterpenes such as limonene, which is a 1997 rodent study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison was shown to help prevent the metastasis of abmormal cell growth.

Antioxidants fight free radicals, which are damaged cells that ravage our bodies in search of a molecule they need so the cell can be healed. Free radicals are not picky, but the cells they choose—most often the skin proteins collagen and elastin—will then be damaged themselves, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Antioxidants are superheroes, however, and are able to give up the molecule free radicals need without damage to themselves.

Some other compounds found in wild orange essential oil that boost its health benefits are highlighted below.


Limonene, a monoterpene, is one of the most prominent compounds found in wild orange oil. It has been studied as an anti-inflammatory and an antibacterial that may help speed up the healing of wounds.


Limonene is joined by sabinene, a terpenoid that also helps fight free radical damage.


Myrcene is a monoterpene that gives the wild orange essential oil its ability to ease anxious feelings. Because myrcene’s molecules are small enough to cross the blood-brain barrier, it can interact with neurotransmitters that control feelings of well-being, including serotonin and dopamine.


Linalool plays dual roles. The terpene works alongside myrcene to help ease stress, anxious feelings, and insomnia but also helps encourage the production of vitamin E, a skin-friendly antioxidant that helps protect the skin proteins collagen and elastin, which make up the skin’s structural layer.


Alpha-pinene is a terpene that offers a range of health benefits. Most importantly, it may help protect brain function, including memory, by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme that may damage neurotransmitters that send messages from the brain to the rest of the body. But it, like other terpenes, may also naturally ease stress by interacting with the same neurotransmitters impacted by anti-anxiety drugs in the benzodiazepine class such as Xanax and Valium.


A monoterpenoid, citronellal is an antifungal that also helps fight off insects. It is the main compound in the citronella plant, which is used to naturally ward off mosquitoes.

12 Uses for Wild Orange Essential Oil

Uses for Wild Orange Essential Oil

Wild orange essential oil offers diverse health benefits, 12 of which are highlighted below.

Improves Appearance of Skin

Wild orange is packed with vitamin C, an antioxidant that is one of the most important for skin health. According to the Linus Pauling Institute (Pauling was one of the first to explore the benefits of vitamin C), vitamin C not only protects the skin proteins collagen and elastin from damage caused by free radicals, it also helps lighten dark spots, further reducing signs of aging. Wild orange essential oil also offers linalool, which encourages the production of vitamin E, another skin-friendly purifier.

Boosts Mood

Pomanders made with oranges studded with cloves were not just a holiday tradition. The decorative items served as old-world potpourri, and the aroma of orange helped dispel the dark moods that can come during a long, grey winter. The aroma of citrus is one that both energises and soothes, and wild orange can help bring peace and tranquility, quieting anxious nerves and easing the symptoms associated with a blue mood.

Speeds Up relief of unwanted bacteria and pathogens

The active compounds in wild orange oil blended with another citrus oil, bergamot, have been shown to be a promising natural cleanser. In a 2009 study that appeared in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, wild orange oil demonstrated antibacterial activity against unwanted bacteria.

Relieves Pain

Studies have suggested that the calming effects of orange oil may make it a useful treatment option to control pain, especially associated with head or neck tension and joint and muscle discomfort. Wild orange essential oil has been shown to be as effective at treating joint pain as medication. According to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network, the purifying qualities in orange oil interrupt the inflammatory response that causes pain.

Reduces Risk of memory problems and focussing difficulties.

The alpha-pinene in wild orange essential oil may provide a degree of protection over memory by preventing an enzyme that damages neurotransmitters in the brain from blocking messages sent to the rest of the body. A 2009 study by Japanese researchers used several essential oils including orange to determine the effects that aromatherapy might have on memory problems. Researchers found that aromatherapy could help improve cognitive function in individuals with certain forms of memory conditions.

Promotes Healthy Blood Flow

The vitamin C in wild orange oil also helps keep blood vessels strong, improving circulation and maintains healthy blood pressure.

Improves Immune System Function

There is plenty of science behind the idea that the purifying benefits in vitamin C, one of the key constituents in wild orange essential oil, strengthen and protect the immune system, which helps us recover faster from infection and keep diseases at bay. Vitamin C is the “muscle” of the immune system, boosting the production of antibodies, phagocytes (cells that are able to target and kill foreign particles, bacteria, and other undesirable particles), and lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights toxins, pathogens and unwanted bacteria.

Eases Trauma Symptoms

In a 2017 study by researchers at George Washington University, orange oil may have helped ease the symptoms of Traumatic times, which impacts as many as eight million adults in the United States. The study found that the anxious feelings and fear associated with difficult times were relieved in mice studies, opening the door to human research. “Relative to pharmaceuticals, essential oils are much more economical and do not have adverse side effects. The orange essential plant oil showed a significant effect on the behavioural response in our study mice. This is promising because it shows that passively inhaling this essential oil could potentially be used for Trauma symptoms in humans.

Alleviates Stress

Chronic stress can lead to a host of problems, including type 2 diabetes—the stress hormone cortisol elevates blood glucose levels—as well as inflammation that can compromise the immune system.  According to Dr. Michael Greger, the scent of wild orange essential oil could reduce symptoms of feeling anxious as effectively as working alongside drugs.

Increases Energy

If you’re feeling exhausted, the scent of wild orange can be instantly uplifting, reducing feelings of fatigue or drowsiness. It can also help give you an extra burst of energy during your next workout. Just add a drop of the essential oil to your water bottle before hitting the gym.

Cleans Household

The antibacterial properties in wild orange oil make it an excellent natural cleaning product. Add a few drops to a spray bottle of water to create a safe, effective cleanser for surfaces. When used in a diffuser, wild orange oil helps eradicate bacteria and other pathogens in the air, eradicating germs while giving your space a sweet, citrus scent.

Maintains a healthy Cholesterol Level

Oxidative stress may play a role in high cholesterol levels, which can damage blood vessel walls by causing them to become stiff and less flexible, so blood doesn’t circulate as it should. The purifying benefits in wild orange oil may maintain healthy cholesterol, protecting blood vessels and reducing the risk of unhealthy cardiovascular function.

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Wild Orange Essential Oil Butter Recipe


Well this is a feel good taste great addition to any croissant, toast or salad sandwich!

Wild Orange Essential Oil Butter 


115 g Butter

1 tsp Double Cream

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

1 tsp Honey

2 drops of wild orange essential oil


Cream the butter at room temperature

Combine all the other ingredients and whip together

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Wild Orange Uses

Wild orange essential oil (Citrus sinensis) is one of my absolute favorite essential oild!

It is is said to have more and stronger properties than regular orange oil.

Its aroma is obviously citrusy, but very sweet too. I love to use it in my car (I have a little plugin diffuser), diffused in a room, or even a drop in a water bottle or smoothie.

It’s most commonly used for digestive and immune support, as well as skin health. (You do need to be careful with topical use on the skin though, since it can make you photosensitive.) But I think of all its uses, the emotional impact it has on the mind and heart are probably the most popular.

Primary Benefits

  • Powerful cleanser and purifying agent
  • Protects against seasonal and environmental threats
  • High in antioxidants, which are essential to overall health
  • Uplifting to the mind and body

Emotional Benefits

Energetically, wild orange is very uplifting to the mind and emotions. This can translate to an increase in physical energy, or an elevating mood. It’s often said to be an oil of abundance, or possibility, opening a person’s mind and heart to the potential that surrounds them, and their ability to accept the goodness Life is offering.

This can affect a person on many levels, from helping you to release patterns of money blocks and fear, to stimulating your creativity, vision, and widening your perspective.

It can also help a person tap into their own playfulness and sense of humour, so that challenges can be approached without the heaviness that often impacts our ability to navigate them. And it helps you tap into your authentic self, and come to learn that you are, in fact, “enough”.

More about safety of Wild Orange Essential Oil

Complimentary Oils

Wild Orange blends well with CinnamonFrankincenseGeraniumLavender, and other citrus oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include LavenderLemonTangerine, or Bergamot essential oils.

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