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Bitter Orange (citrus aurantium ssp. amara) essential oil

Bitter Orange (citrus aurantium ssp. amara) essential oil


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Bitter Orange (citrus aurantium ssp. amara) essential oil

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Plant description

Latin Name : Citrus aurantium ssp. amara
English Name : Bitter orange
French Name : Orange amère
Family : Rutaceae
Origin : Spain, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, India

History and Origin

The bitter orange tree is originating from China and is very close to the sweet orange tree. It can reach up to 15 meters in height. Its leaves have an oval form and its flowers are white. Its fruit, the bigarade, is a smaller citrus than the sweet orange. Its skin is orange, rough and thick. Its flesh is acid and contains a lot of seeds. The acidity of the fruit makes it unpleasant to eat plain. The leaves of this tree are used to produce petitgrain essential oil and the flowers are used to make neroli essential oil.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Zest 
Extraction : Cold expression
Oil Characteristics : Clear mobile liquid with an orange colour. Its perfume is sweet, sour and slightly fruity.
Properties : Calming, sedative ++. Anti-inflammatory +. Circulatory system activator +. Anticoagulant, blood thinner +. Digestive stimulant and aperitive (low dose) ++. Antiseptic.
Indications : Anxiety, depression, vertigo, nervousness ++. Dyspepsia ++, flatulences, stomach spasms, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome. Mouth ulcers. Slow blood flow. Convalescence, late winter fatigue. Cold and flu. Joint pain, cramps, rheumatisms. Concentration. Insomnia.
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Because of its acidity, bitter orange can’t be eaten plain but can be prepared in jam or syrup. It is also used in the preparation of orange wine, an aperitif. 


For oily hair or dandruff: Put 3-4 drops of bitter orange essential oil in a small amount of shampoo to experience shiny hair without dandruff.


In diffusion to purify atmosphere, eliminate bad smells and calm anxiety. 


Sage, cypress, lavender, neroli, myrrh, frankincense, petitgrain, rose, rosemary, sandalwood, ylang-ylang.


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Safety Data and Contraindications

  • Bitter orange essential oil is photosensitizing. Do not expose your skin to the sun after use.
  • Make a skin test before using because pure essential oil can cause irritations. 



Lot B-CIAUAZIND01S (2017-10)


Monoterpene : limonene (96,36 %)


Lot B-CIAUAZIND05S (2018-01)


Monoterpene : limonene (95,24 %)

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