Essential Oil Profile: Orange (Bitter)

April 13, 2020

by Amelia E. Stone, RN


Common Name: Orange (bitter)

Latin Binomial: Citrus aurantinum

Family: Rutaceae

Other Common Names: Seville orange

Production Method: cold pressed, expression

Countries of Origin: Brazil

Typical Constituents: [+]-Limonene (89.7-94.7%), b-Myrcene (1.6-2.4%), Linalool (0.1-2.0%), NON-VOLATILE COMPOUNDS: Bergapten (0.035-0.073%), Epoxy-bergamottin (0.082%), Psoralen (0.007%)

Description of Oil: dark or brownish yellow, fresh, dry, almost floral odor with a rich, sweet undertone

Description of Plant: smaller, darker fruits than the sweet orange

Properties and Uses: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, fungicidal, stomachic, tonic

Precautions and Contraindications: Skin sensitization if oxidized

References: : Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Shaftesbury, Dorset. Element Books. 1995.

Tisserand, Robert, and Tony Balacs. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. 1995.

Also in Essential Oil Profile Directory

Essential Oil Profile: Angelica Root

April 14, 2020

by Jeffrey S. Hoard Common Name: Angelica Latin Binomial: Angelica archangelica L. Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Other Common Names: Angel’s Herb, Root of the Holy Spirit, Garden Angelica, Archangelica officinalis Part Used: Root (An oil is also distilled from the seed – see below.) Production Method: Steam Distillation Countries of Origin: Angelica archangelica is considered to be

Continue Reading

Essential Oil Profile: Aniseed

April 14, 2020

by Jeffrey S. Hoard Common Name: Anise, Anise Seed, Aniseed Latin Binomial: Pimpinella anisum Family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Other Common Names: Anisum officinalis, Anisum vulgare Part Used: Seeds, dried and crushed. Production Method: Steam distillation. Countries of Origin: Native to the eastern Mediterranean region and Southwest Asia. Poland and Russia are among the largest producers of Aniseed oil from locally

Continue Reading

Essential Oil Profile: Basil

April 14, 2020

by Amelia E. Stone, RN Common Name: Basil (ct. linalool) Latin Binomial: Optimum basilicum L. Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) Other Common Names: Sweet basil and common basil Production Method: steam-distilled Countries of Origin: tropical Asia and Africa, Egypt Typical Constituents: Linalool (34.4%), Eugenol (33.7%), Linoleic & linolenic acids (9.7%), 1,8-Cineole (3.1%), T-Cadinol (1.9%), Palmitic acid

Continue Reading