Bigarade orange 玳玳花
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.
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.
Benefits of Bitter Orange
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. You can also take bitter orange tincture to heal indigestion. However, bitter orange oil should not be taken internally.
Cures skin infection
Bitter orange is used for healing fungal infections such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. You can apply bitter orange oil or bitter orange tea at the site of the infection. However, after applying bitter orange oil, one must stay away from sunlight. Bitter orange oil could cause light sensitivity. Fair skin people are particularly vulnerable to this condition. In rare cases, intake of bitter orange peel could cause light sensitivity.
Promotes weight loss
By increasing the metabolic rate, bitter orange facilitates weight loss. Herbalists combine bitter orange peel with St. John’s wort and caffeine to make herbal weight loss medicine.
Nasal congestion remedy
The dried peel of bitter orange helps to clear nasal congestion.
Bitter orange is used as a mild sedative. It reduces anxiety and reduces blood pressure level
Yulan Magnolia 玉兰花
Magnolia denudata, known as the Yulan magnolia (Chinese: 玉蘭花), is native to central and eastern China. It has been cultivated in Chinese Buddhist temple gardens since 600 AD. Its flowers were
regarded as a symbol of purity in the Tang Dynasty and it was planted in the grounds of the Emperor’s palace. It is the official city flower of Shanghai
Common names: Champacany-puti,White michelia,White champaka
Its natural aromatic fragrance yields a refreshing herbal scent with a gentle tart flavor, and delightfully soothing minty aftertaste…
drinking it can reduce blood pressure and cure anaemia ,cough and stop pain；
Promote metabolism, whitening of the skin effect…
Honeysuckle flower 金银花
Honeysuckle is a flowering plant that is commonly found growing along walls or forming hedges which, if given suitable support, can reach heights of 20ft. It has light green oval leaves, which sometimes merge across the stem rather than growing in pairs one on each side. The pink-tinged creamy-white flowers grow in pairs and are basically tubular with diverging lips. The color of the flowers can vary, but some species produce yellow-orange or yellow-white colors. The flowers and leaves are gathered in summer just before the flowers open. Honeysuckle is native to southern Europe, China and Japan.
Part Used: The stems, leaves and flowers of some honeysuckle species can be eaten or used medicinally.
Nutrient Content: Honeysuckle contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, Rutin, a nutrient that enhances the effectiveness of vitamin C, and Quercetin, an acid that fights free radicals. In addition, honeysuckle flower contains inositol, volatile oil, flavone, etc.
The flowers can be infused to create a hot tea that can operate as an expectorant. Honeysuckle is often combined with other herbs,including cowslip & mulberry to create a healing tea that is used to treat coughs & mild symptoms of asthma.
In traditional Chinese medicine honeysuckle tea is used to treat ailments of the heart and lungs, fevers, and dysentery.
Honeysuckle tea is used to ease sore joints and reduce inflammation.
Honeysuckle tea helps improve circulation and relieve fatigue.
Honeysuckle tea is used to treat upper respiratory tract infections and infection in the bladder.
The tea is said to inhibit the bacteria that causes salmonella, strep, staph and tuberculosis infections.
•Honeysuckle tea can help alleviate headaches.
•Honeysuckle tea can help treat nausea and vomiting.
•Honeysuckle tea can help make eyes brighter.