The Inner Nature of Bitter Orange has a strong focus on making and maintaining secure, fulfilling relationships.  There can be a tendency to hold on to, and fight for a relationship long after it has failed.  Even when the relationship is in the past, they may not be able to energetically let it go and more forward.   When I have had a client with this sort of a background, I have found that adding just one or two drops of Bitter Orange into their blend, Orange’s Inner Nature will help them break the pattern and move forward.

Orange is associated with the Sacral Chakra and the colour Orange.  In Ayurvedic Medicine, it balances Vata, decreases Kapha and increases Pitta.  In TCY, Orange is associated with the Wood element and has been associated with the Lung, Heart, Gall Bladder, Liver and Stomach Meridians.

Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Bitter Orange (Citrus x aurantium)

Family: Rutaceae

Plant Description: An evergreen tree, with dark shiny green oval leaves and small which highly fragrant flowers.  The fruit has been recognized as a valuable food source for centuries.

History/Folklore:  In China, a gift of oranges is considered to bring good fortune, because of the fruit’s golden colour symbolized wealth.  The forebearer of all today’s varieties of orange was probably the bitter or Seville Orange, which was brought to the Mediterranean by the Arabs in the first century AD.  It was however only during the eighth century that oranges became established in Spain.

Essential Oil 

Extraction: The essential oil is obtained through cold pressing of the outer peel of the fruit.

Aroma:  Sweet, warm, sensual, fresh, citrus, fruity and tangy

Odour intensity:  Medium – Low

Perfume Note:  Top

Blends well with:  Lavender, Neroli, lemon, clary sage, myrrh and spice oils like nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves.

Perfume Key Qualities:  Nervous System tonic, refreshing, warming, uplifting, soothing, sedative, comforting.

Chemistry:  Aldehydes (2%); Ketones (2%); Lactones Coumarin (0.5%); Monoterpenes (85%) ;  Alcohol (5%)

Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.  Bitter Orange does have photo-toxic properties and topical application to the skin should be avoided in skin that is exposed to the sun or UV rays for 12 hours after use.  Sweet Orange can cause skin sensitization if oxidized, however it is not considered to have photo-toxic properties.


On a physical level, both Bitter and Sweet Orange softens thick, chapped & fissured skin.  Sweet Orange can be helpful in cases of bronchitis and helpful for digestive issues.

On a psychological level, Bitter orange has calming, cheering properties helpful with anxiety.  Sweet orange has sedative and warming properties helpful with nervousness, tension and hysteria.

On a subtle level, both oranges help to dispel negativity from the aura.  They can also help to dispel negative thought patterns and bring in positive energy.

In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing Bitter Orange is the oil used. It has the Theme of Romantic Love.  It is seen as a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

On a different note you might enjoy reading about the Orange Flower Absolute that I was first introduced to when I took all those Perfume Workshops in Summer 2016.


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