The numbers are startling: 48.9% of people in the United States use at least one prescription drug, and 23.1% use three or more.
Drugs can help and even be life-saving, but sometimes pharmaceuticals are unnecessary. Further, they often come with unpleasant or dangerous side-effects.
Well then, how about natural remedies for conditions that would otherwise be addressed through pharmaceuticals? It sounds great, but sometimes natural solutions just don’t have the same punch as pharmaceuticals.
However, one substance is turning heads for a variety of ailments, including digestive problems, mood disorders and inflammatory diseases: orange essential oil. It’s a natural alternative that is on the rise due to it’s powerful benefits.
Health experts are turning to orange oil as a major subject for research, and the benefits they are uncovering are as numerous as they are extraordinary.
Most of us have experienced acid reflux at some point in our lives. It can result from overindulging in spicy foods, alcoholic beverages and coffee, or it can seem to come out of nowhere. Although we sometimes knowingly put ourselves at risk for acid reflux by having a couple drinks, nobody likes the corrosive burn on their throats and esophagus. Not to mention the rather unpleasant taste of acid in your mouth…
Approximately 20% of the population in America suffer from chronic acid reflux (also known as GERD), which can lead to very serious and even life-threatening complications if left unchecked. Due to its prevalence, there are a plethora of medicines, both over the counter and prescription, as well as home remedies for this condition. Many of these treatments can lower the acid level in the gut too much, which may lead to a rebound effect.
D-limonene, the key medicinal ingredient in orange oil, has been emerging in the health science community as an all-natural super effective remedy. The potent anti-inflammatory properties in d-limonene have been proven to be effective in regulating phlevels in the gut. Additionally, it has been shown to aid in the rejuvenation of cells in the gut, which ease the symptoms.
Amazingly, with regular ingestion, d-limonene may cure acid reflux disease. Many former acid reflux sufferers will attest to this.
Hypertension and Heart Health
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is an ailment with many causes. Chronic stress, obesity, sleep deprivation and poor diet are just a few of the vast array of aggravators. Hypertension can lead to anxiety, restlessness, palpitations, headaches and further sleeplessness. Chronic hypertension leads to a weakened heart, leaving the body open to a variety of more serious conditions.
Luckily, nature has provided us with orange oil as a tool to effectively fight this condition. The d-limonene in orange oil has anti-hypertensive and cardioprotective qualities which act to regulate cortisol levels and promote healthy, stable circulation.
Diabetes and Appetite Control
In order to properly keep hypertension at bay, it is paramount to steer clear of a high sugar diet and weight problems. This can prove difficult if you have an overactive appetite. Orange oil is your ally in this fight. Pectin, a particularly healthy carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables and seeds, is abundant in orange oil. Pectin suppresses appetite while simultaneously regulating the blood sugar spikes that are common after meals, which concurrently promotes a healthy weight and healthier glucose levels in the blood.
Cancer is a nightmare scenario for most of us. Unfathomable amounts of money is being put into research conducted to cure cancer, and when it comes to preventative measures, we find inconsistent, often conflicting advice. That’s why it’s nice to see that for 33 years, a large number of studies have established the cancer-fighting properties of d-limonene.
Amazingly enough, studies have shown d-limonene to not only prevent carcinogens from initially infecting the body, but to put a significant amount of existing cancer cells (given of course they exist in the body) into remission! So not only does orange oil actively prevent the cells from finding a home in the human body, it can actually starve a significant amount of existing cells that have already taken hold. It’s no wonder modern medical science is keeping such a close eye on orange oil!
Keep your eye out, because more and more incredible benefits of orange oil are discovered in steady proportion to the amount of research being conducted.