Derived from the delicate white blossoms of the bitter orange tree, Orange Blossom or Neroli, is a heady, rich scent used to realize/visualize self-purification, joyfulness and profound relaxation. This luxurious oil is well-suited for the treatment of dry, sensitive skin.
Citrus aurantium var. amara, an evergreen citrus tree also called Seville Orange, Sour Orange and Citrus Amara. Its flowers yield neroli oil; its seeds and twigs yield petitgrain oil; its fruit yields bitter orange oil.
any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock
highly acidic orange used especially in marmalade
Used by various cultures throughout the Caribbean and China to soothe skin.
Bitter Orange comes from a flowering, fruit bearing evergreen tree found in Asia. In Mexico and South America the leaf is used as a tonic, a laxative, a sedative for insomnia, and to calm nerves. The peel is used for stomach aches and high blood pressure. In Europe, the Basque people use the leaves for stomach aches, insomnia, and palpitations and the Bitter Orange peel as an anti-spasmodic. In Chinese medicine, the peel of the immature fruit is used for indigestion, abdominal pain, constipation, and dysenteric diarrhea.
(Citrus aurantium) a small citrus tree with globular, dark green immature fruit (see zhi shi) often used as an ornamental house plant. A decorative plant in the U.S., it is cultivated in Europe for the essential oil of its blossoms (neroli oil) and has been used for millennia in China as a medicinal herb.
One rule in herbal practice is that whenever we strengthen our life force, we must also encourage it to circulate smoothly throughout the body. Bitter Orange compliments each formula by encouraging our life force and energy to flow freely and unobstructed. Its cooling nature also helps balance the warming energy of the tonic herbs in the formula. Bitter Orange also releases stagnation in the digestive tract, eliminating fullness, distention and bloating. Ultimately, by activating energy flow, Bitter Orange will potentiate the effect of the strengthening herbs in the formula, resulting in more focused and balanced energy.