Bigarade orange, commonly known as bitter orange, is widely used by herbalists for treating several illnesses. The botanical name of bitter orange is Citrus aurantium.It is bitter and slightly sour when taste. Orange fragrance.
Common names: immature flower of bitter citrus, Citrus aurantium, Flos Citri Amarae Immaturus, Bitter Orange.
Bitter orange is also known as sour orange, Sevile orange and zhi shi. The bitter orange tree thrives in the tropical climate. Although a native of Asia and Africa, bitter orange trees are also found in the Amazon rain forests, the Mediterranean regions, California and Florida.
Heath Benefits of Bitter Orange
The dried peel of the bitter orange fruit are used in herbal medicines. The leaves of this plant also contain medicinal properties. Oil extracted from the bitter orange leaves and flowers are used in herbal medicines and in aromatherapy. Oil extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange tree is known as petitgrain. Essential oil derived from the flowers of this tree is known as neroli.
Bitter orange is good for the gastrointestinal health. It promotes digestion. Bitter orange is also effective in treating nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. Dried peels of the bitter orange fruit are consumed to heal heartburn.
To cure digestion problems, you can drink bitter orange tea three times a day. To prepare bitter orange tea, simmer about 2 grams of dry bitter orange peel in a cup of water, for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Cures skin infection
Bitter orange is used for healing fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. You can apply bitter orange tea at the site of the infection.
Promotes weight loss
By increasing the metabolic rate, bitter orange facilitates weight loss. Herbalists combine bitter orange peel with white tea make herbal weight loss tea.
Nasal congestion remedy
The dried peel of bitter orange helps to clear nasal congestion.
Bitter orange is used as a mild sedative. It reduces anxiety and reduces blood pressure level.
Best Match with White Tea
This combination of white and herbal teas offers a high amount of both antioxidants and vitamins, especially Vitamin C. Studies show that white teas are excellent for skin and complexion, may help inhibit the growth of certain cancers, and may reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. This combination has less than 1% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.
Take 1 tsp dry Bitter orange, 1 tsp white tea.
Mix them up.
Pour boiling water onto the tea, wash them and strain.
Pour the hot water into the glass again and stew for 20-30 secs.
Strain and enjoy!