Orange, Sweet

Citrus sinensis

Herbal Folklore & Tradition

A very nutritious fruit, containing vitamins A, B and C. In Chinese medicine the dried sweet orange peel is used to treat coughs, colds, anorexia and malignant breast sores. If eaten in excess they are thought to increase the phlegm, and this is probably not advantageous to the health. The sweet varieties increase bronchial secretion, and the sour promote expectoration. They all quench thirst, and are stomachic and carminative. It is said to have Antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, bactericidal, and sedative (nervous) properties.