Bitter Orange Essential Oil
Bitter Orange comes from the fruits of the tree that also produces Neroli and Petitgrain.
- Botanical Family: Rutaceae
- Other Common Names: Seville Orange
- Part of Plant Used: Fruit rinds
- Method of Extraction: Cold-pressed
- Variations: Bitter Orange is not to be confused with Sweet Orange or Blood Orange, but the bitter orange tree does produce Neroli from the blossoms and Petitgrain from the leaves.
- Chemistry: Bitter Orange is comprised mainly of monoterpenes (limonene, β-myrcene), supported by monoterpene alcohols (linalool) with a small amount of furanocoumarins (bergapten).
- Nervous System: calms feelings of stress and anxiety
- Digestive: helps relieve digestive bloating and discomfort
- Pregnancy: helps with water retention, relieves bloating, calms feelings of stress
- Spiritual: Supports the Solar Plexus Chakra like other essential oils derived from the fruits of plants and trees focusing on personal and mental power and ability.
- Scent Profile: Top note with a fresh citrus aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Bitter Orange can last up to 4 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Citrus
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Black Pepper, Caraway, Clary Sage, Coriander, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Rose, Sage, Spikenard, Thyme ct linalool, Vetiver, and Violet Leaf
- According to Tisserand & Young, Low risk of phototoxicity with a maximum dermal limit of 1.25%
- Safe to use during pregnancy
Products Using Bitter Orange Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.