Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium amara
Method: Cold Pressed
Plant Part: Peel
Blends Well With: Mandarin, Lemon, Lime and other citruses. Clary Sage, Lavender and other linalool-rich oils
Aroma: Sweet, citrusy and peppery, like a cross between Petitgrain and Neroli
Color: Bright Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying topically.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 1-2 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- There are several ways to effectively use Bitter Orange essential oil and obtain its benefits, including 1.) Add 10 drops to your essential oil diffuser per 100 ml of water. 2.) Dilute 12 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil and use in a skin-nourishing massage. 3.) Add 6 drops to 1 ounce of Castille soap and 1 cup of Epsom salt for added magnesium absorption. Add the mixture to your bath and soak up the goodness. 4.) Add 10 drops to an Essential Oil Inhaler and take it with you for on-the-go therapeutic use.
- Essential oils are powerful, concentrated substances so a little goes a long way. Two of the most effective ways to use them is by way of inhalation and topical use. Tasting or ingesting Bitter Orange essential oil is rarely necessary or recommended, no matter the brand. Ingestion can lead to adverse reactions such as medication contraindications, mucous membrane irritation, sensitization and nausea if done incorrectly. Therefore, if you wish to take essential oils internally, we strongly recommend consulting with a knowledgeable professional with experience in internal use.
- Bitter Orange is derived from the orange peel of the same tree as both Petitgrain and Neroli. Derived from the peels of Seville oranges, Bitter Orange is sweet with dry, green undertones. This variety of citrus offers immune support, mood-boosting properties and enhances the appearance of glowing skin when used nightly. It’s therefore no surprise that it shares a similar aroma quality to both these oils–the sharp, vegetative aroma of Petitgrain and the floral sweetness of Neroli. Much like its orange relatives, Bitter Orange is also very fruity and fresh.
- Bitter Orange essential oil (Citrus aurantium amara) has more to offer than just its fresh, citrusy and uplifting aroma. Therapeutically, it works to reduce pain, stress and heartburn. Diffused, it supports the immune system while encouraging energy and antioxidant levels. Its hefty limonene content and fresh aroma can also uplift mood. To enjoy its many benefits, we recommend diffusing it or diluting it and applying topically.
- Bitter Orange is derived from the fruit that comes from the same tree as Neroli blossoms. However, Neroli is steam distilled from the flowers of the Citrus aurantium tree. It’s therefore no surprise that they share a similar aroma quality. Bitter Orange is citrusy and fruity whereas Neroli is floral, sweet and rounded. Bitter Orange can alleviate stress and soothe away depressed emotions through direct inhalation. Neroli nourishes skin, reduces stretch marks and soothes anxiety. Both oils can be used interchangeably in some cases, but not all.
Apply Topically: Our Single Essential Oils and Synergy Blends are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite essential oils using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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