Plant family: Rutaceae (Citrus family)
Part used: flower
Taste: bitter, sweet, aromatic
Historical commentary: Oranges have long been used as a source of food and medicine; most often, the peel is used; the flower oil was originally used for its pleasant fragrance and was later adopted to use as a sedative and digestive aid.
Sedative: for nervous tension and insomnia.
Digestive aid: Relieves gas and bloating (carminative), improves appetite and alleviates gastric insufficiency and distress (stomachic), alleviates constipation (aperient).
Modern findings: Orange blossom has antiseptic properties.
Dosage: 1.5 grams; lesser amounts are adequate for digestive effects, larger amounts for sedative effects.
Active constituents: The essential oils are the main active constituent, and orange flower oil is sometimes used as a replacement for the whole flower. The oil contains pinenes, neryl acetate, farnesol, geraniol, linalool, nerolidol, linalyl acetate, methyl anthranilate and indole.
Cautions: none known.
Künzle Formulas: Tea for Tension, Tea for Sleep.