Green Valley Aromatherapy

Orange, bitter

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General Properties of Bitter Orange Essential Oil

  • antidepressant
  • antispasmodic
  • lymph stimulator
  • mildly sedative
  • stomachic
Origin: Italy. Cold pressed from the fresh peel. Top note.

Description of Bitter Orange Essential Oil

Bitter Orange essential oil is derived from cold pressed expression of the peel of the fruit to produce an essential oil that is golden to bright yellow in color. Although it has many of the same properties, Bitter Orange essential oil has a more delicious, juicy orange aroma than regular Orange essential oil. Our Bitter Orange essential oil is imported from Italy.

Bitter orange essential oil may help with colds, constipation, flatulence, slow digestion, stress and melancholy. It has been used in skincare to help with acne, but it must be kept in mind that this oil is phototoxic and should not be applied before exposure to the sun or a tanning bed. Due to this essential oil's mildly sedative properties, it may help with insomnia. Bitter Orange essential oil is said to be a lymph stimulator, therefore it is a good oil to include in a body detoxifying blend.

Specific Cautions for Bitter Orange Essential Oil

Phototoxic, do NOT apply before exposure to sun or tanning beds. Avoid in the first trimester of pregnancy.

References about Bitter Orange Essential Oil

Information about this essential oil came from the following sources:

  1. Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy. (Toronto: Bantam Books, 1990)
  2. Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy: An A-Z. (United Kingdom: Saffron Walden, 1988)
  3. Tisserand, Robert and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 1995)

Note and Disclaimer

The information and opinions provided here are for general educational purposes only and do not replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to consult a suitably qualified medical practitioner to ensure that you will not have any medical problems from any of our products.

Product Specifications for Bitter Orange Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium
Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
Appearance: Clear Liquid
Solubility in Oil: Soluble
Solubility in Water: Insoluble
Solubility in Alcohol: Soluble
Safety Information: Please read the safety information associated with this product carefully.
More Information: A MSDS sheet is available for this product.