Orange / Orange Peel

Orange / Orange Peel (Chen Pi, Qing Pi, Zhi Shi)

Botanical Name: Western – Pericarpium citri reticulata. Eastern – Citrus reticulata, C. sinensis, C. aurantantium.

Oranges bring good luck, are loaded with Vitamin C and the peels are super high in nutrients. There are many different varietals of oranges that are used to make orange peel, but all of them help build and move Qi in the Body. They are a powerful and tasty herb often used in combination with other herbs to improve the overall taste of herbal remedies and lend strength to the formula.

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Western Name: Orange / Orange Peel​

Also Known As: Sweet Orange

Organs / Systems: Lungs, Digestion

Key Actions: Antiseptic, Anti-inflammatory, Expectorant, Antifungal, Aromatic, Bitter Tonic, Catarrh, Stimulant, Relaxant, Diuretic, Analgesic, Antibacterial

Medicinal Uses: Weight loss, diarrhea, indigestion, obesity, athletic performance, raise blood pressure, cholesterol, colds, coughs, stress, chronic fatigue, depression, poor circulation, spasms, skin infections, acne, hypertension, anxiety, low libido, cleansing, constipation.


Pin Yin: Chen Pi (Citrus reticulata/Mandarin Orange or Tangerine Peel), Qing Pi (Unripened Green Tangerine Peel), Zhi Shi (Citrus aurantantium/Immature Fruit of Bitter Orange)

Also Known As: Chen Pi – (“Aged Peel”) Qing Pi – (“Green Peel”) Zhi Shi – (“Immature or Bitter Orange”)

Meridians: Chen Pi – Lung, Spleen, Stomach. Qing Pi – Gallbladder, Liver, Stomach. Zhi Shi – Large Intestine, Spleen, Stomach.

Key Actions: Chen Pi – Regulates Qi, Supports the Middle Jiao, Supports Spleen Qi, Dries Damp, Transforms Phlegm, Helps Prevent Stagnation.
Qing Pi – Spreads Liver Qi, Dissipates Clumps, Dries Dampness, Raises Blood Pressure.
Zhi Shi – Reduces Accumulation, Directs Qi Downward, Unblocks the Bowels, Expels Distention, Used with Qi-Tonifying Herbs, Raises Blood Pressure

Medicinal Uses: Chen Pi – bloating, nausea, fullness, belching, vomiting, damp coughs with heavy chested feeling, congestion, copious viscous phlegm, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, used with tonifying herbs to prevent stagnation caused by the use of sweet-tasting herbs.
Qing Pi – pain in the chest, breast, or hypochondriac regions, food stagnation with epigastric pain or distension, malarial disorders, especially useful for breast abscesses.
Zhi Shi – abdominal pain, distention, gas, constipation, Qi stagnation caused by accumulation, fullness in the chest, rectal prolapse, uterine prolapse.

Basic Habitat / Botany:

A member of the Sweet Orange rutaceae Family. Orange trees are evergreen with grayish-brown barks that can grow to be 15 ft to 25 ft tall. Old trees may grow to be 50 ft tall. The trees often form the shape of a hemisphere. They have glossy, dark green leaves that are oval and about 3-4 inches long. Orange flowers are small, white, and fragrant, growing in clusters of 2-6.

Believed to be native to China and then cultivated across the globe.

Parts Most Frequently Used: Peel (Picked at the ripe stage and then dried.), Fruit, Leaf, Flower, and Juice.

Flavors / Temps: Chen Pi – Acrid, Bitter, Warm, Aromatic. Qing Pi – Bitter, Acrid, Warm. Zhi Shi – Bitter, Acrid, Slightly Cold.

Caution: Considered safe used in regular doses.

Key Constituents: Flavonoids (including Hesperidin and Polymethoxyflavones (PMFs), Phytonutrients, Vitamin C, B1, and A, Choline, Folic Acid, d-Limonene, a-Pinene, Citronellol, Synephrine, Linalool, Alpha-carotene, Beta-carotene, Aldehydes, Copper, Calcium, Magnesium, Enzymes, Fiber, Pectin. High content of Bioflavonoids

History/Folklore: All species of oranges help Move Qi Stagnation. Mandarin orange peel (Chen Pi) is a better anti-inflammatory, carminative, and tonic herb. The Unripe Green Mandarin orange peel (Qing Pi) is favored as a cholagogue and carminative. The immature fruit of bitter orange peel (Zhi Shi) is best known for Moving Qi and Eliminating Stagnation. All orange peels stimulate and can be used to expectorate and relieve digestive disorders. Another orange species, that is sometimes used, is tangerine with the Latin name, Citrus tangerina.
Chen Pi (Citrus reticulata/Mandarin orange peel) has been used in China since the second century B.C. The bulk of the nutrients in oranges are in the peel and not the orange fruit itself. Grated orange peel is added to candies, breads, and bakery goods.
Orange peel is often added to herbal formulas to improve their taste and help Build Qi. Chen pi is considered an important herb for Tonifying both the Spleen and Lung Meridians.

Orange Flower Water is used on dry skin and broken capillaries to stimulate new cell growth and as a sedative due to its calming effects.

According to historical sources, Christopher Columbus carried orange seeds with him during his expedition to the Americas. In the 16th century, Portuguese explorers introduced orange trees to the West, and in 1513, Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer introduced oranges to Florida, in the United States. The orange tree has come to be known as the oldest and most commonly grown fruit tree in the world.

The compound synephrine, found in bitter orange peel, is a banned substance by the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association). The isolated compound became popular as a substitute for ephedra, another important healing herb that became abused by the supplement industry, which used ephedra extensively to promote weight loss. Over and incorrectly used, ephedra became banned. Bitter orange peel itself is not banned, but the isolated compound synephrine cannot be used by athletes to boost energy or lose weight.

As a vasoconstrictor, synephrine is used as an injection by the pharmaceutical industry in emergency situations to treat shock and bronchial issues associated with asthma and hay fever. As a supplement, it has been used to promote weight loss, improve energy, and reduce appetite. Side effects include raised blood pressure, stroke, and heart attack.

Bitter orange oil is used as a food flavoring agent in liqueurs (Cointreau, Triple Sec, and Grand Marnier) and marmalades. The fruit is so sour and bitter it is rarely eaten, except in Iran and Mexico where the dried peel is also used as a seasoning.

Both sweet orange (Citrus sinensis) essential oil (aka orange essential oil) and essential oil from bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) are popular. The difference is sweet orange essential oil is refreshing, warming, and calming, and bitter orange essential oil focuses on skin health. Helping to balance skin moisture, it also has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that make it useful for healing skin conditions such as acne or eczema.

Good quality bitter orange peel is in large pieces, thin-skinned, pliable, red in color, oily, and aromatic. It will first taste a bit sweet and then bitter.

Orange fruit has long been used in cooking and to make juice, high in flavor and nutrients, especially vitamin C and folate. Obviously hydrating, the fruit is also a good source of fiber, calcium, potassium, and important anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. They are low-calorie, can boost your immune system, and help prevent stomach ulcers.

Oranges are a symbol of love, marriage, joy, and happiness. Tangerines and oranges are an auspicious symbol during the Chinese New Year celebrations as the sound of the words for “luck” and “wealth” are very similar to the word for “orange.” The bright orange color also suggests the color of gold, so it is also a symbol of good luck and prosperity. A bowl of oranges is believed to bring good fortune. Orange trees will often be placed at the doorways of offices and businesses to attract good fortune.

In Greek mythology, the Golden Apple (believed to have been an orange) was the indirect cause of the Trojan War. Eris, the goddess of discord, had not been invited to the wedding of Peleus and the sea nymph. In anger, she threw the golden apple into the ceremony, with the inscription that only the most beautiful could claim it. The goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite all claimed it, bringing it to Zeus to decide which of them was the fairest. To avoid trouble, Zeus assigned the task to Paris of Troy. Each goddess appeared naked before him and bribed him to choose her instead of the other. Paris chose Aphrodite as she promised him the love of the world’s most beautiful woman, thereby starting the Trojan War since Helen, who was already married to King Menelaus, happened to also be that world’s most beautiful woman–awkward!

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Did you know?

Golden Apples

Oranges are believed to be native to the Far East and are the fruit that has been called the Golden Apples of Mythological fame.


Used in Cosmetics

Many cosmetics use the orange peel in cut or powder form. It was used as a snuff to prevent allergies.

Fun fact!

Symbol of Fertility

Oranges can produce flowers and fruit at the same time so they have become a symbol of fertility.

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