Chemical Properties of Wild Orange

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.


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