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Sometimes combined in database with lemons.

A Compendium of Domestic Medicine, 1865

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I’ve included Orange Flower Water in these remedies

Remedies Containing or to be used with Orange

  • Acid, Citric (22/1): syrup of orange-peel included in “Saline Mixture”
  • Acid, Nitric, Diluted (27/6): syrup of orange-peel included in draught used to treat heartburn. Syrup of orange-peel is also included in “Nitric Acid Draught” used to treat typhoid fevers
  • Aromatic Confection (42/21): syrup of orange-peel included in “Cordial Draught for Relaxed Bowles”
  • Arrow-root (43/22): when making a jelly from arrow-root, orange juice may be added, but it is more used in the flavouring of the remedy, not medicinally necessary.
  • Bark, Peruvian (48/27): syrup of orange-peel is used in a draught that is administered in cases of ague “when the sulphate of quinine has failed”
  • Bark, Canella (49/28): the rind of two Seville oranges is used in the recipe for usquebaugh (whisky)
  • Bismuth, White (53/32): orange-flower water included in “Gastrodynia with Flatulence” draught recommended by Dr. Copland
  • Carrageen, or Irish Moss (62/41): a decoction of the moss made with water and flavoured with Seville orange juice (among other options) can be given to consumptive patients throughout the day, when needed, to provide nourishment.
  • Glycerine (92/71): orange-flower water (or rose water, or elder flower water) used in a mixture that can be applied to the skin to treat chapping, roughness, sun burn, dandriff, and other skin irritations.
  • Hartshorn Shavings (100/89): “it forms, when united with orange-juice, sugar, and a little wine, a good article of diet for the sick and convalescent”
  • Infusions, Concentrated (105/84) of cloves, calumbo, cascarilla, chamomile, gentian, orange peel, quassia, rhubarb, roses, and senna: used often in medicine chests as they can be diluted to form infusions. This allows for large doses to be provided in smaller amounts.
  • Kreosote, or Creasote (112/93): “Creasote Mixture” contains syrup of orange-peel, and orange flower water.
  • Nitre (126/105): syrup of orange-peel used in a draught to administer nitre
  • Oil of Almonds (126/105): orange-flower water included in a mixture used to combating a “tickling and irritating cough”
  • Quinine, Sulphate of (114/123): “The compound tincture of quinine, which is a combination of Seville orange-peel and quinine…” Quinine can also be used in the treatment of neuralgic odontalgia (headache caused by toothache) when combined with a tincture of orange-peel and Hoffman’s ether
  • Senna Leaves (154/133): tincture of orange-peel used in a mixture to be given to children. Senna on its own is has a “nauseous taste”
  • Spirit of Mindererus (161/140): syrup of orange-peel is included in “Diaphoretic Draught”
  • Water, Orange Flower (189/168): “This water is one of the most agreeable of flavours for medicinal preparations. Its sedative effects, which are not generally known in this country, is especially useful in nervous affections. A tablespoon will occasionally allay nervous irritability and produce refreshing sleep.”

Diseases Treated with Orange

General Diseases

  • Cough (240/119): orange flower water is included in a mixture for “Sever Coughs of Children of Four Years of Age”
  • Gout (255/234): Infusion of orange-peel included in a mixture recommended by Dr. Copland, to treat gout that is in early stages, resulting in “inflammatory excitement.”
  • Putrid Sore Throat (271/250): orange-flower water included in a gargle
  • Scurvy (275/254): “beverages strongly impregnated with the juice of lemons and oranges, or the effervescing saline draughts, are very beneficial.”
  • Sickness (276/255): an infusion of orange-peel can be used to treat sickness that “proceeds from a chronic debility of the stomach”
  • Typhus Fever (279/258): drinks given to patients should be cold, and slightly acidulated with either orange or lemon juice

Medical Articles Containing Orange

  • Compound Infusion of Orange Peel (310/289): orange-peel, dried,
  • Decoction of Senna with Tamarinds (314/293): syrup or orange-peel is added to the mixture once strained
  • Gout Tincture (321/300): Seville orange-peel

Prescriptions Containing Orange


  • Antacid Powder for Wet-Nurses (326/305): powdered orange-peel “one of these powders may be given to wet-nurses when their children are troubled with gripe”
  • Antacid Draught (Another) (327/306): tincture of orange-peel
  • Antacid Draught (Another) (328/307): tincture of orange-peel
  • Chronic Gout (329/308): tincture of orange-peel
  • Aperient Oil Draught (333/312): syrup of orange-peel


  • Anti-Asthmatic Draught (337/316): syrup of orange-peel


  • Astringent Draught (Another) (339/318): syrup of orange-peel
  • Astringent Mixture (340/319): syrup of orange-peel
  • Stimulating Astringent Mixture (340/319) syrup of orange-peel


  • Demulcent Mixture (Another) (344/323): orange flower water


  • Diuretic Draught (345/324): syrup of orange-peel


  • Cordial and Diaphoretic Mixture (348/327): syrup of orange-peel


  • Ferruginous Mineral Water (349/328): orange flower water, and syrup or orange-peel “may be taken with advantage in green sickness, fluor albus, and dyspepsia”

Narcotics and Anodynes

  • Compound Sedative Syrup (353/342): syrup of orange peel
  • Sedative Mixture (353/342): syrup of orange peel


  • Refrigerant Draught (354/333): syrup of orange peel


  • Stimulant Mixture (Another) (354/344): syrup if orange peel


  • Tonic Mixture (355/334): syrup of orange peel
  • Tonic Mixture (Another) (355/334): tincture of orange peel

Cookery for the Sick that includes Orange

  • Imperial Drink (357/336): boiling water is added to cream of tartar, lemon and orange chips, and sugar-candy. “Use for a common drink when feverish, or when urine is scanty.”
  • Orgeat (367/346): orange flower water is combined with almonds, bitter almond, milk, water, sugar, and capillaire. “This is an excellent drink for those who have a tender chest; and in gout it is highly useful; and, with the addition of half an ounce of gum Arabic, has been found to allay the painfulness of the attendant heat.
  • Orangeade or Lemonade (367/346): the juice of the fruits combined with sugar (as a syrup), and water (which has been infused with peel).

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