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  • Color: Dark yellow to brownish yellow
  • Oil Consistency: Watery
  • Scent: Dry, fresh, rich, sweet undertone
  • Perfumery Note: Top / middle

Action: Antiseptic, carminative, sedative, stomachic, digestive, antidepressant, tranquilizer, anti-inflammatory, choleretic, antifungal, antibacterial

Benefits, Indications: 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).

Bitter orange peel is applied to the skin for swelling (inflammation) of the eyelid and its lining, as well as the retina in the eye. It is also used for bleeding from the retina, exhaustion accompanying colds, headaches, nerve pain, muscular pain, joint pain, bruises, swelling of the veins (phlebitis), and bed sores.



Can help restore an acne skin to normal and is prophylactic against the signs of aging. Bitter orange, both taken by mouth and applied to the skin, has many uses. But so far, science has shown only that the oil, when applied to the skin, might be effective for treatment of fungal skin infections (ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot).

Chemical Constituents: Limonene, b-myrcene, linalool, bergapten

Companion Oils: Lavender, bergamot, lemon, clary sage, myrrh, sandalwood, nutmeg, cinnamon bark, clove bud

Precautions: Orange oil is phototoxic. Dermatitis can occur in select individuals. Orange oil, as with all citrus oils, has a six month shelf life. Avoid using Bitter Orange Oil that has oxidized due to a greater risk of skin sensitization.

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