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Bitter orange peel is an herbal remedy that is derived from the Citrus aurantium tree. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine, particularly in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and is known for its bitter and aromatic properties.

The active compounds in bitter orange peel include flavonoids, alkaloids, and essential oils, which are believed to contribute to its medicinal effects. In traditional medicine, bitter orange peel has been used for various purposes, including as a digestive aid, appetite suppressant, and treatment for respiratory conditions.



  • Digestive aid: Bitter orange peel is believed to have digestive-stimulating properties, which may help promote healthy digestion and relieve symptoms such as bloating, gas, and constipation. It is often used as an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine formulas for this purpose.

  • Appetite suppressant: Bitter orange peel is also believed to have appetite-suppressing properties, which may make it useful for supporting weight loss efforts. It may be used as an ingredient in dietary supplements or taken as a tea or extract.

  • Respiratory health: Bitter orange peel is used in traditional medicine to treat respiratory conditions, such as coughs, colds, and bronchitis. It is believed to have expectorant properties, which can help loosen phlegm and ease breathing.



  • Bitter orange peel can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and medications for high blood pressure or anxiety, and should not be used by people taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare provider.

  • Bitter orange peel can cause cardiovascular symptoms, such as rapid heartbeat or high blood pressure, in some people, particularly when used in large amounts or with other stimulants.

  • The safety of using bitter orange peel during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not been fully studied, and it is best to consult with a healthcare provider before using it during these times.

  • Bitter orange peel may cause allergic reactions in some people, particularly those who are sensitive to citrus fruits or other plants in the same family.

  • Bitter orange peel can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or abdominal discomfort, in some people.


Tastes LIke:

As the name suggests, bitter orange peel has a bitter taste. The flavor is similar to that of other citrus fruits, but with a more intense bitterness. The aroma of bitter orange peel is also quite strong and aromatic, with notes of citrus and spice.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the bitter taste of bitter orange peel is believed to have a cooling and drying effect on the body. It is often used to balance out the warming properties of other herbs and to help promote healthy digestion.



  • Tea: To make bitter orange peel tea, add the prescribed amount of dried orange peel to a cup of hot water and let it steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain the tea and drink as directed.

  • Decoction: A decoction is a strong tea made by boiling herbs in water. To prepare a decoction that includes bitter orange peel, place the prescribed amount of the herb and other ingredients in a pot with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. The mixture is then strained and consumed as directed.

  • Tincture: A tincture is a concentrated liquid extract made by soaking herbs in alcohol or vinegar. To make a bitter orange peel tincture, add the prescribed amount of dried orange peel to a jar, cover with alcohol or vinegar, and let it sit for several weeks. Strain the liquid and take as directed.

Bitter Orange Peel (Citrus Aurantium)

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