Blood Orange Essential Oil Benefits, Uses, and Recipes

Unveil the vibrant secrets of blood orange essential oil—the citrus elixir that rejuvenates your mind, body, and spirit with a single drop.

Discover the unique charm and array of health benefits that Blood Orange Essential Oil offers. Unlike the common oranges, Blood Oranges are notably smaller and captivate with their distinctive deep red interior, which mirrors their blushed exterior. This essential oil stands out for its less sweet but more complex scent profile, combining the refreshing zest of citrus with subtle herbal notes. Learn how this vibrant oil can be incorporated into your wellness routine and DIY recipes!

What is Blood Orange Essential Oil

Blood Orange Essential Oil is a thin, orange-colored oil extracted from the peels of Citrus sinensis through a cold press process. This method ensures the oil’s vibrant, citrusy, and tangy aroma remains intact, capturing the essence of the blood orange fruit in every drop. The Blood Orange trees, belonging to the Rutaceae family, are of medium size, featuring greenish-brown bark with spines adorning the branches, thriving under the sun’s warmth. The fruits, distinguishable from the common oranges found in groceries, are smaller in size and characterized by unique blots of red on their skin, hinting at the distinctive deep red flesh within.

Blood Orange Essential Oil Benefits

Boosts Immunity 

Blood Orange Essential Oil is packed with antioxidants like other oranges or citrus fruits (1). This property of blood oranges may help fight disease-causing free radicals and boost the immune system.


According to a study (2), Blood Orange Essential Oil is calming, and its scent creates a relaxed atmosphere. After a long day, I like using it in relaxing recipes. It eases my mind and makes me feel less nervous. 

Supports Joint Function

Research (3) indicates that one of the remarkable biological properties of Blood Orange Essential Oil is its ability to soothe pain. Whether applied topically in a diluted form or diffused into the air, its soothing properties can help alleviate pain, making it a valuable addition to natural pain management routines.

Promotes Youthful Skin

As mentioned above, Blood Orange is rich in antioxidants. Fighting free radicals on the skin can lessen the appearance of discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Promotes Rest

The calming properties of Blood Orange Essential Oil will put your mind at ease so you can rest better. Its citrus and tangy aroma can also set a relaxing atmosphere conducive to sweet dreams.


Citrus essential oils, such as Blood Orange, are best for supporting happy moods. They can be mixed with other oils, but I like adding them to my diffuser jewelry. They easily uplift my spirit!

Blood Orange Essential Oil Uses and Recipes

Personal Care Recipes

Blood Orange Essential Oil can be seamlessly incorporated into various personal care recipes, offering its delightful fragrance and skin-loving benefits.

Cleaning Recipes

Blood Orange Essential Oil also excels in natural cleaning solutions. Its potent citrus aroma is a natural deodorizer, leaving spaces fresh and invigorated.

Roll-On Recipes

Harness the power and scent of Blood Orange Essential Oil in your custom roll-on blends. These personal concoctions can be tailored to suit your mood, health needs, or desired ambiance.

Diffuser Blend Recipes

Blood Orange Essential Oil’s captivating scent makes it a perfect candidate for elevating the ambiance of any space through diffuser blend recipes. Its bright, citrusy aroma pairs wonderfully with other essential oils to create refreshing, mood-enhancing atmospheres.

Other Aromatherapy Recipes

Blood Orange Essential Oil’s versatility extends into aromatherapy, which can be an integral component of candles, passive diffusers, and more.

Blood Orange Essential Oil Blends Well With

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Blood Orange Essential Oil smells like an orange, but not quite as sweet. It has more of a woody undertone. We love blending it with oils like Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Clary Sage, Myrrh, Sandalwood, Nutmeg, Cinnamon Leaf, and Clove Essential Oils. 

Simply Earth Blends That Use Blood Orange Oil

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Lava Blend

Aroma: Fruity

Lava Essential Oil Blend is a blend of soothing essential oils with an uplifting and energizing aroma that can help promote a positive attitude.

Science Behind Blood Orange Essential Oil


Limonene is a colorless liquid and is the major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. It occurs more commonly in nature as the fragrance of oranges. It is a flavoring agent in food manufacturing, a renewables-based solvent in cleaning products, a fragrance ingredient for cosmetics products, and a fragrance in perfumery and personal care products. It is also used as a botanical insecticide and organic herbicide.


Myrcene, or β-myrcene, is a colorless oil that occurs widely in essential oils. It has a pleasant odor but is rarely used directly. Thus, it is more highly valued as an intermediate for preparing flavor and fragrance chemicals, such as menthol, citral, citronellol, citronellal, geraniol, nerol, and linalool.


Linalool is found in many flowers and spice plants. It has multiple commercial applications, mostly based on its pleasant scent (floral, with a touch of spiciness). It is also an antimicrobial agent and has uses in manufacturing soaps, fragrances, food additives as flavors, household products, and insecticides.

What Earthies Are Saying About Blood Orange Essential Oil

Simply Earth & Citrusmade

Simply Earth doesn’t cut corners when sourcing its Blood Orange Essential Oil. They turn to the experts at Citrusmade Farm in Italy, who have earned a well-deserved reputation for cultivating blood oranges with immense care. Using organic farming practices, Citrusmade ensures that its citruses are grown in the best possible conditions, resulting in impeccable yields of these unique fruits. With over 30 years of experience, they have perfected their processes and made a name for themselves in the agricultural world. Blood oranges require specific growing conditions to thrive, and Sicily’s volcanic and mineral-rich soil, ample sunshine, and perfect weather provide the ideal environment to cultivate these fruits. It’s no wonder that Simply Earth trusts Citrusmade Farm in Italy to give them the best Blood Orange Essential Oil available.

Things to Remember When Using Blood Orange Oil

Always dilute an essential oil when using it on the skin. This essential oil is unlikely to cause skin irritation when diluted properly. If the oil has been oxidized (left with the cap off for long periods of time) it is more likely to cause skin irritation. Check out this dilution chart for diluting this essential oil properly. 

This oil is generally not safe to use if you are pregnant. Consult your doctor prior to use. 

This essential oil is safe to use with kids age 2+.

Cats may find this oil irritating. However, we do not expect your cat to be disturbed if you use this oil on yourself. Just be mindful of your pet’s behavior. For more information on using essential oils with cats, check out this blog post

This essential oil is generally safe to diffuse and use topically on dogs. For more information on using essential oils with dogs, check out this blog post

We don’t recommend ingesting essential oils unless under the direction of a doctor certified in aromatherapy. For more information on why we don’t ingest essential oils check out this blog post

*Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor. The statements given in this blog post have not been verified by the FDA


  1. Yang C, Chen H, Chen H, Zhong B, Luo X, Chun J. Antioxidant and Anticancer Activities of Essential Oil from Gannan Navel Orange Peel. 2017 Aug
  2. Jafarzadeh M, Arman S, Pour FF. Effect of aromatherapy with orange essential oil on salivary cortisol and pulse rate in children during dental treatment: A randomized controlled clinical trial. 2013 Mar
  3. Dosoky NS, Setzer WN. Biological Activities and Safety of Citrus spp. Essential Oils. 2018 Jul