This isn’t a green post…
…it’s an orange one! The produce we buy consists mostly of local, organic, and seasonal produce. With the cooler temperatures, orange and citrus season will be here soon. Over the years I have made every effort to reduce the amount of trash we throw away. We compost just about every type of non-fatty food item. However, adding too many orange peels is not the best for the compost barrel. So this led me to come up with a few ways to use up our ever-growing pile of orange and citrus peels.
5. Orange peels, dried or fresh, make a fantastic garbage disposal deodorizer. Keep in mind, it may not be a good idea to do this all the time and use a minimal amount of peel so as to not clog the drain.
Health and Beauty
1. Orange peels are naturally high in antioxidants, the fresh peel contains more vitamin C than the actual fruit. I add a piece of orange peel to my daily fruit smoothie. Read more here about the benefits of dried and fresh orange peels.
2. Dried or fresh, peels can be added to tea. This will result in an orange-scented tea with a nutrient boost.
3. Although I have yet to try, I have seen many recipes for making candied orange peels.
4. Dried, ground orange peels can be added to a cotton muslin bag, (or even a clean sock) and used as a body scrub. Allow the bag to dry between uses and discard the peels after a few days.
5. Make a face scrub using ground orange peels, ground oatmeal, and some facial clay such as Bentonite Clay or French Green Clay.
*Orange peels may increase photosensitivity, use caution with sun exposure after using on skin.
Daughter of the Earth, Mother of her creations. Ivanna (Evie) doesn’t care for titles, but the ones that fit best are homeschool mom, herbalist, and blogger. Her greatest joy is guiding others to find true wellness within themselves and Mother Earth. When not spending time with her beloved family, she can be found researching everything related to holistic wellness, crafting herbal remedies, or visiting with the plants in the Magical Garden.