Monday, 18 March 2013

Bitter Orange Oil - Bitter yet Better

Essential oils form an important part of holistic healing. Since times immemorial, man has been utilizing natural resources for the benefit of mankind. Among essential oils, Bitter orange oil is known with the botanical name Citrus Aurantium. The oil is extracted from bitter orange plants by water distillation process. As the name suggests, the aroma in this oil is reminiscent of the sweetness of orange oil and the mild bitterness of grapefruit oil.

This essential oil comprises of components like Cymene, limonene, Pinene, Myrcene, Ocimene and Camphene which give it a unique flavour. It is widely used in perfume industry because of the attractive scent induced by the oil. Various aroma therapy products are manufactured with this oil as one of the components.
Bitter Orange oil is used for treating various ailments. It is known for its anti-depressant, anti-septic, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties. This essential oil soothes the nervous system and uplifts the moods by relieving stress. It is especially beneficial to treat anxiety related symptoms. Internal and external inflammation which is caused by infections in the body can be controlled by using this oil. It stimulates blood circulation and treats swollen tissues as well.

When water mixed with this oil is used for gargling, it hinders the growth of microbes which cause sore throat. This oil can also be used for healing mouth ulcers by using it as a mouth wash. When massaged on the abdomen it helps promote digestion and eases constipation.

The D-limonene component present in this oil is known for preventing cellular mutations and inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors. Fluid retention, formation of excess salts and uric acid can be prevented by using this essential oil in optimum dosages.

Application of this essential on the skin promotes blood circulation. It is often used by blending with carrier oils like Apricot oil. It is helpful in reducing irritating and dry skin and also acne prone skin. Calluses on the feet can be treated with this oil.

Bitter Orange Oil has other household and industrial uses too. It is used as a flavoring agent in food and even in bathing products as well as insecticides.
It is advisable to avoid using this oil before going out in the sun, as it is photo-toxic in nature. Pregnant women and people with ailments like liver damage, epileptic and other medical problems should consult a certified aroma therapy practitioner before using it.

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