Orange peel (Citri sinensis pericarpium)

Published February 1, 1990.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Citri sinensis pericarpium, orange peel.

Composition of Drug

Orange peel consists of the fresh or dried outer peel of ripe fruits of Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck [Fam. Rutaceae], separated from the white pulp layer, as well as its preparations in effective dosage.

The drug contains essential oil and bitter principles.


Loss of appetite.


None known.

Side Effects

None known.

Interactions with Other Drugs

None known.


Unless otherwise prescribed:

Daily dosage:

10 - 15 g of herb; Preparations with equivalent bitter value. Mode of Administration Comminuted herb for teas and other bitter-tasting galenical preparations for oral application.