Pure, Therapeutic Bitter Orange essential oil, also known as Seville Orange
Botanical name : Citrus aurantium var amara or Citrus bigardia
Extraction method / Source : Peel of the fruit is Cold Pressed -- Pressing without heat preserves the aromatic and therapeutic qualities of the oil.
Aroma : Dry, bitter/sweet citrus with woody undertones
Note classification : Top Odor Intensity : 1
Key constituents : Limonene, myrcene, camphene, pinene, ocimene, cymene and several trace constituents (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request)
Plant description : Botanical family : Rutaceae (citrus) Bitter Orange is an evergreen tree native to Africa, Syria and Arabia. It produces dark green leaves and highly fragrant white blossoms which develop into small orange fruits with bitter pulp. Bitter orange trees were brought to Europe in the 13th Century by traders, and the trees are now grown extensively in China, India and the USA.
Regions of Production : India, Italy
Growing Practices : Trees cultivated without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides
Properties : Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, anti-tumoral, bactericidal, carminative, deodorant, digestive, fungicidal, stimulant, stomachic
Uses / Benefits : Recommended for treating colds, influenza and sore throat. Relieves constipation and flatulence. Useful for managing oily skin. Helps reduce fluid retention. Recommended for relief of nervous tension. Suggestion: Substitute Bitter Orange for Sweet Orange in a blend if you wish to avoid the sweetness found in Sweet Orange.
Fragrant influences: Calming, refreshing
Safety : May irritate sensitive skin. May make skin sun-sensitive or cause darkening of the skin when exposed to sunlight. Avoid using during pregnancy and for small children.
Blends well with : Bay, Black Pepper, all citrus oils, Clary Sage, Ginger, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Vetiver
History / Fun Facts : A key constituent of Bitter Orange essential oil is limonene. Limonene has been studied extensively for its properties which retard tumor growth. Three very different essential oils are made fron the bitter orange tree, which is also known as Seville orange. Neroli is made from the fresh flowers, Bitter Orange is pressed from the peel of the fruit, and Petitgrain is distilled from the leaves and twigs. Bitter Orange essential oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and skin and hair products, and as a flavoring for teas, pharmaceuticals, liqueurs and confections.
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