Bitter Orange

By | April 3, 2014

Bitter OrangeCitrus aurantium, also known as marmalade orange, sour orange, bigarade and Seville orange is a citrus tree and fruit used in marmalade, perfumes and as an essential oil and flavoring. In herbal medicine it is used as an appetite suppressant and as a stimulant.

Since the Food and Drug Administration’s banning of ephedra, many weightloss products began substituting sour orange, despite the fact that it causes some of the same issues that caused ephedra to be banned. Despite the concerns of heart rhythm problems, fainting, stroke and heart attack, there are still some benefits from the use of the Seville orange.


The wide-range of uses for Orange include relief from nausea, constipation and heartburn. Recently this list has grown to include:

  • Loss of Appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Nasal and Sinus Blockages
  • Weight Loss
  • Indigestion

Application of the dried fruit or the peel of the fruit on the skin can treat fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.


All parts of the plant – fruit (dried), peel, leaves and flower contribute to the manufacturing of tablets, capsules, essential oils and extracts.

The most important component of marmalade orange is the oil extracted from the peel, which as a strong smell and taste. The peel, when used directly on the skin, treats inflammation; it’s also beneficial for retina problems.

Since the days of folk medicine, the flower has been used to treat nervousness, anxiety and insomnia as well as provide relief from sore throats and gout.

When the body run down and exhausted, the orange does its best work, reviving and replenishing the body in a manner it has been unable to do for itself.


Bitter orange comes with a serious health warning as well. The FDA bans the use of particular substances when they believe these substances will negatively affect the human body. This herb is sometimes used as a replacement for ephedrine, a banned substance formally taken for weight loss that raises blood pressure and heart rate.

In addition, talk with your doctor or healthcare professional before taking the orange as it has known interactions with statins and other drugs.