Petit Grain Bitter Orange
Citrus aurantium ssp. amara
It bears fruit called sour oranges, that are unfit for consumption, smaller than sweet oranges, with a thick rough peel and bitter and acidic flesh.
It is used in two forms in traditional Chinese medicine to treat digestive and cardiac disorders: zhi shi (green fruit) and zhi kiao (zest).
Main aromatic molecules: Terpene esters (linalyl, geranyl and neryl acetates), monoterpenols (linalool, α-terpineol).
Productive organs: Leaves and small branches.
Yield: 700g of essential oil per 100kg of plants.
Equivalence: 1ml → 31 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia).
Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.