Orange essential oil, Blood, Italy. Blood Orange Essential Oil is considered to have anti-depressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and aphrodisiac properties. The scent is said to be uplifting and stimulating.
The Blood, Moro, or Maltese Oranges are very old orange varieties. There is some historical evidence that the blood orange hybrid first appeared in Southern Europe around 1850 and was then brought to North America many decades later by Spanish and Italian immigrants. In the former British Empire, blood oranges were called "Maltese" oranges. They are closely related to 'Jaffa' orange varieties. Some writers have theorized that Jaffa is a blood orange variant.
In Sicily, the "blood," "blood-red." or "blush" orange gained its nickname because of its ruby flesh that contains the red pigment anthocyanin, a strong antioxidant. Today, blood oranges are considered the hallmark of Sicilian fruit.
All blood oranges tend to contain few seeds, and have red-pigmented flesh and peel that can cause a "blush" of pigment when the peel is damaged or removed. The appearance of the red flesh and deep red juice can be striking. Usually the inside of the fruit is darkly pigmented. When ripe, the skin can also exhibit a reddish blush to a deep-red cast, depending on the variety.
Pure blood orange essential oil from Sicily is a vibrant golden orange oil displaying a rich, sweet fruity bouquet, with the tangy odor of the peel playing a more reserved role than in other citrus peel oils. It is a fine addition to any composition in which other citrus oils play an important role.
Blends well with: Lavender, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh and Nutmeg and Clove Bud.
Safety: Avoid exposure to sunlight after skin application due to possible photo-toxicity.
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