Bitter Orange essential oil is cold-pressed from the rind of the ripe fruit of the Citrus aurantium tree. Prized for its fragrance and healing properties, it has been used for thousands of years in natural Chinese medicine and in many other cultures around the world. The fruit is too sour and bitter to be suitable for food, but when used to make essential oil it promotes health, wellbeing and provides a clean, fragrant home.
Bitter orange oil - properties
Bitter orange essential oil is an effective antibacterial and antiseptic, for which the main ingredient limonene is largely responsible (it accounts for up to 95%). The product is used to soothe and treat dermatological problems (e.g. psoriasis, fungal infections, eczema) and to cleanse small wounds. When used in a diffuser, it cleanses the air and can protect against colds and flu, especially during times of increased sickness.
The oil is useful during massage - it stimulates skin tone and helps to get rid of cellulite. When used around the stomach and abdomen, it improves the digestive process and helps get rid of toxins. It is not uncommon for it to be included in cosmetics designed for vascular, oily and acne-prone skin - the product has a versatile effect - it strengthens, cleanses, calms and tones the skin.
Bitter orange is a warm, intense, fruity-floral aroma with a slight hint of bitterness. According to aromatherapy enthusiasts, it is the perfect combination of the scent of sweet orange and dry grapefruit. The extract relieves stress, anxiety, eliminates fatigue, improves mood and stimulates. So it should come as no surprise that it is very popular, its effect is truly remarkable - it energises the body and calms the mind.
Origin of raw material: Bitter orange is native to Asia. It now grows mainly in India and Spain.
INCI: Citrus Aurantium Peel Oil
Activities: antibacterial, purifying, energising
Aroma: sweet, citrusy, tart
Colour: yellow to orange
Recommended application: for massage, in the bath, in a diffuser, for inhalation
Contraindications: May irritate sensitive skin. Perform a topical test when using for the first time. Do not use in case of any wounds or irritation. Not suitable for children, pregnant and lactating women. Has a photosensitising effect, so do not expose skin to sunlight after application.
Matching oils: clove, bark cinnamon, lavender, myrrh
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