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Aroma: Fresh, tart and citrusy. On the emotional system bitter orange essential oil is uplifting and energizing for the body yet calming to the mind and emotions. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an aid to meditation, and this is perhaps why it can be extremely helpful in easing stress and anxiety. Diffusing bitter orange oil is said to help dispel irritability and frustration for both adults and children alike!
Affinities: The digestive system; Gently massaging your stomach with 2 drops of bitter orange oil blended with sesame oil can help support the entire process of digestion. You can also add 2 drops of this oil to your bathtub to help with digestive ailments.
Folklore: The bitter variety was the first orange to be introduced to the New World, finding its way to Mexico in 1568 and South America later in 1587. The sweet variety was unknown throughout Europe until it was introduced from India by Portuguese traders, eventually becoming the more popular choice.
Words of wisdom: Bitter Orange Essential Oil is photo-toxic. Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use caution when using oils with children and pets. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, during pregnancy, or if you have medical issues or are taking medications.
“Bitter Orange Essential Oil.” Quinessence, Mar. 2019, www.quinessence.com/blog/bitter-orange-essential-oil
Tisserand, Robert, and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety. Churchill Livingstone, 2000.