Botanical name: citrus aurantium (bitter)
Use: calms nerves, lifts depression, increases sexual desire. Fights infection, reduces
inflammation, relieves muscle spasms. Softens, soothes skin, stimulates new cell growth,
helps digestion and gas.
Perfume Note: Base
Blends well with: Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, Benzoin, Vetiver
Source: peel, flowers
Production method: steam distillation
Aromatherapy benefits: relaxing, dispels fear, renewal
Aroma type: sweet, citrus, spicy, bitter
Warning: none noted
Safety Information: Recommended to stop using 1 week before any surgery. May cause light sensitivity to the sun. Not recommended to take with caffeine as it may increase blood pressure when used together at the same time.
Bitter orange is a plant. The peel, flower, leaf, fruit, and fruit juice are used to make medicine. Bitter orange oil is made from the peel. Science has shown that the oil, when applied to the skin, may be effective for treatment of fungal skin infections (ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot). Bitter orange peel is also used to improve appetite, and, in surprising contrast, it is also used for weight loss. Other uses for the fruit and peel are upset stomach, nasal congestion, and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
The bitter orange flower and bitter orange oil are used for gastrointestinal (GI) disorders including ulcers in the intestine, constipation, diarrhea, blood in feces, drooping (prolapsed) anus or rectum, and intestinal gas. These parts of the bitter orange plant are also used for regulating fat levels in the blood, lowering blood sugar in people with diabetes, stimulating the heart and circulation, “blood purification,” disorders of liver and gallbladder, kidney and bladder diseases, and as a sedative for sleep disorders.
In aromatherapy, the essential oil of bitter orange is applied to the skin and also inhaled as a painkiller.
In Chinese medicine, the entire dried unripe fruit is used primarily for digestive disorders.