I met a lady today, that has two trees full of bitter oranges... She said other then marmalade, she has no idea what they are good for. I know that I bought some essential oil of bitter oranges to help decrease my appetite.... What else are they good for??? She told me that I could have as much of them as I want, as long as Im willing to pick them.... Sooo, I can make only so much marmalade, I wonder if I can make orange-aid (sort of like lemon-aid) with them???? Does any one have any good suggestions... We are suppose to be having a cold front move in within the next couple of days, so if Im going to go pick fruit, I need to do it real soon... any help will be greatly appreciated
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Yeah, I have already made arrangements to go pick some more... I actually had time to sit down and do a small amount of reading on the internet tonite, and it seems that bitter oranges are actually really good for you.
Bitter orange is used internally to treat heartburn as well as flatulent indigestion and diarrhea.
The peel can be used to boost the appetite and for dyspeptic complaints.
The unripe fruit is used in Chinese medicine (zhi shi) for flatulence and bloating.
The non-bitter flavonoids contained in the peel have good venotonic properties, and are used in cosmetics to prevent capillary fragility.
In cosmetics, bitter orange extract is included in many cellulite treatments, where it acts by regularizing the situation in the affected area and stimulating cutaneous tone.
It is used externally in aromatherapy and different parts of the tree are used to extract the oil, as these contain different properties
Neroli essential oil is obtained from the flowers.
Petitgrain essential oil is extracted from the foliage and twigs.
Bergamot essential oil is extracted from the peel.
Aromatherapy and essential oil use
Neroli (flower oil)
Neroli essential oil will calm and lift the spirits, fighting anxiety, depression and shock.
It is great to relieve muscle spasms and diarrhea. It is also used as an aphrodisiac and assists in premenstrual tension.
On the skin it is most useful in treating broken capillaries and veins under the skin's surface, improving elasticity, while stimulating cellular activity and new cell growth.
It has antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, bactericide, carminative, cordial, cytophylactic, deodorant, digestive, emollient, sedative and tonic properties.
Petitgrain (leaves and twig oil)
Petitgrain essential oil will help to calm anger and reduce panic. It has a relaxing effect on the nervous system and helps to calm a racing heart and relax muscles.
On the skin it has a toning effect and helps to clear pimples and skin blemishes.
It has antidepressant, antispasmodic, deodorant and sedative properties.
Bergamot (peel oil)
Bergamot essential oil is great to help with depression, SAD (Seasonal Affected Disorder) or a general feeling of being just a bit off, lacking in self-confidence or feeling shy. It also has superb antiseptic qualities that are useful for skin complaints, such as acne, oily skin conditions, eczema and psoriasis and can also be used on cold sores, chicken pox and wounds.
It has a powerful effect on stimulating the liver, stomach and spleen and has a superb antiseptic effect on urinary tract infections and inflammations, such as cystitis.
The therapeutic properties of bergamot oil include analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-spasmodic, stomachic, calmative, cicatrisant, deodorant, digestive, febrifuge, vermifuge and vulnerary.
And from one of the sites I read, it was saying that the juice isnt actually that bitter... So I guess Im going to be playing with some oranges this next week.....