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by Carla Macahilig August 29, 2020 3 min read
We're not gonna lie, we had zero ideas about this oil when we first heard about it. After a little digging though, it's obvious that Plant Therapy is on to something when they decided to feature this relatively unknown oil for the month of August!
Also known as Marmalade, Seville, Bigarade, or Sour orange flowers, this oil is a cultivar of Citrus aurantium or Bitter Orange. Yup, the same tree that yields the fragrant Neroli oil. It is not surprising then that both oils have a similar aroma and chemical makeup.
Dai Dai originated from the Himalayas and is cultivated in the provinces of Fujian, Anhui and Guangdong in China. The name Dai Dai translates to "several generations" and was called that because the fruit stays on the tree for years if not picked. This might be due to the fruit's extremely bitter taste. On the other hand, the peel is valued in both Chinese and Japanese medicine for its stomachic and expectorant properties. While the fruit is not eaten, the flower is surprisingly a popular ingredient in desserts such as Orange flower crème brûlée.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the "five elements" theory pertains to wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. Each of these elements corresponds to our different body organs, emotions, senses, and more. The problem begins when any of these elements become imbalanced. Think of it as the Yin and Yang concept. The former means being cold in nature and the latter means hot. Yin deficiency can, therefore, lead to restlessness, feeling hot and thirsty, constipation, dry cough, dry mouth, parched throat, scanty urination, among others. In contrast, too much Yin results in shivering, low energy, stiffness, feeling cold, frequent urination, slow pulse, sleepiness, and more.
Where is Dai Dai flower in all these? Well, Citrus aurantium is said to regulate the flow of Qi (or Chi - being energy) and restore the balance between Yin and Yang. Its bitter taste is said to regulate body heat and promote healthy waste elimination through urination and bowel movement. The sweetness, meanwhile, helps in detoxification. In Chinese Medicine, Dai Dai flower is used in the treatment of constipation, congestion, indigestion, and abdominal pain.
Exuding a fresh and floral fragrance with subtle citrus notes, Dai Dai essential oil is often used in cosmetics and perfumery. It is an aromatic addition to perfumes, lotions, soaps, shampoos, and more. Trying to go the green route at home? Try adding Dai Dai essential oil into your homemade room sprays, beauty products, scented candles, DIY cleaning products, and more!
Therapeutically, Dai Dai is rich in linalool - a botanical terpene known for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, cleansing, anti-epileptic, sedative, and anti-oxidant properties. It can help promote healthy circulation and boost your immune system.
Occurring in conjunction with Linalool is Linalyl Acetate, a monoterpene ester responsible for its fruity fragrance. Oils rich in Linalyl Acetate are known to relieve stress, boost cognitive function, and relieve depression.
Linalool and Linalyl acetate-rich oils can also help with the following issues:
When diffused, Dai Dai Flower essential oil can help create a calm and relaxing environment as well as promote a romantic atmosphere. Dilute it in carrier oil to help reduce the appearance of imperfections and soothe skin irritations.
Add essential oils to your massage oil. You can use any carrier oil you like, or make up a special massage blend by combining your favourite ones.
Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium (Daidai) Flower Oil
Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium cv daidai
Country of Origin: China
Plant Part: Flowers
Shelf Life: 1-2 years
Pregnancy Safe: Yes
Nursing Safe: Yes
Pup & Pony Safe: Yes
Directions: Diffuse 2-3 drops per 100ml of water, or use in a personal inhaler. For topical use, dilute to 1-3% in a carrier.
Cautions: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your practitioner. External use only.
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