immature flower of bitter citrus May 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and drink — cnesgreen @ 4:57 pm



Bigarade orange, commonly known as bitter orange, is widely used by herbalists for treating several illnesses. The botanical name of bitter orange is Citrus aurantium.


Common names: immature flower of bitter citrus, Citrus aurantium, Flos Citri Amarae Immaturus, Bitter Orange.


Bitter orange is also known as sour orange, Sevile orange and zhi shi. The bitter orange tree thrives in the tropical climate. Although a native of Asia and Africa, bitter orange trees are also found in the Amazon rain forests, the Mediterranean regions, California and Florida.


The dried peel of the bitter orange fruit are used in herbal medicines. The leaves of this plant also contain medicinal properties. Oil extracted from the bitter orange leaves and flowers are used in herbal medicines and in aromatherapy. Oil extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange tree is known as petitgrain. Essential oil derived from the flowers of this tree is known as neroli.









Indigestion remedy


Bitter orange is good for the gastrointestinal health. It promotes digestion. Bitter orange is also effective in treating nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea. Dried peels of the bitter orange fruit are consumed to heal heartburn.


To cure digestion problems, you can drink bitter orange tea three times a day. To prepare bitter orange tea, simmer about 2 grams of dry bitter orange peel in a cup of water, for about 10 to 15 minutes.


Cures skin infection


Bitter orange is used for healing fungal infections such as athletes foot and ringworm. You can apply bitter orange tea at the site of the infection.


Promotes weight loss


By increasing the metabolic rate, bitter orange facilitates weight loss. Herbalists combine bitter orange peel with white tea make herbal weight loss tea.


Nasal congestion remedy


The dried peel of bitter orange helps to clear nasal congestion.


Insomnia cure


Bitter orange is used as a mild sedative. It reduces anxiety and reduces blood pressure level.





Add 1-2 tsp dry Bitter orange into the glass (or teapot)


Wash them with hot water.


Pour hot water into the glass again and wait for about 3 minutes.


Strain the flowers.





Take 1 tsp  dry Bitter orange, 1 tsp white tea.


Mix them up.


Pour boiling water onto the tea, wash them and strain.


Pour the hot water into the glass again and stew for 20-30 secs.


Strain and enjoy!










White Tea


This combination of white and herbal teas offers a high amount of both antioxidants and vitamins, especially Vitamin C. Studies show that white teas are excellent for skin and complexion, may help inhibit the growth of certain cancers, and may reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. This combination has less than 1% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee.










Bitter and slightly sour when taste. Orange fragrance.







Once a bag of herbals or flowers is opened, The herbals could be kept in ambient and dry conditions such as in the living room, the study or the office, but it must be completely away from light, moisture, smell and heat.


An airtight container or a vacuum tank is an ideal storage solution.



Sealed Clips are also a good choice for opened packaging bags.




The quality of the herbals lasts longer if they are kept in the fridge. But please make sure the package is sealed and cover with a box to insulate from temperature change.


In addition, if the bag is taken in and out from the fridge very often, this will cause heat stress to the herbals as temperature is increased and decreased very frequently. Air will be drawn from outside and condensation will occur.



That is why we packed our herbals into small sealed packaging bags instead of large bags or boxes. You could open a small bag of the herbal and enjoy its freshness while the other bags are sealed and well kept in the fridge.








Many alternative medicine health care providers feel that using certain herbal teas during pregnancy is a great way to support optimal pregnancy health. Herbal teas can often provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and iron.


However, due to the lack of studies on most herbs, the FDA encourages caution when consuming herbal teas during pregnancy.


It is always best to talk with a qualified medical professional about any herbal teas that you are interested in drinking.


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