Herb Spotlight: Orange the Not So Herby Herb

I got some orange essential oil to start using in a moisturizer since it is a good choice for oily skin, now I’m also making an awesome DIY beauty recipe for chamomile face wash with the oil. As I make more recipes with the extract from the citrus fruit I’m curious, what are the medicinal benefits? We all grew up with the big vibrant fruits in our fruit bowl or on the counter, it’s such a familiar plant yet I know so little about it aside from it’s Vitamin C content. There are tons of things that oranges can help and it isn’t just the fruit that’s beneficial.

Breakdown of Sweet Orange

Scientific Name: Citrus sinesis

Magickal Stats: Elementally Air, Ruled by the Sun

Improves Function Of: 

  • Digestive system
  • Respiratory system
  • Immune system

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Cold & Flu
  • Wrinkles & Poor Skin Texture

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Bring well being, confidence and happiness
  • Harness focus on vitality & success
  • Add the energy & vitality of the Sun

How Does it Work? The real nutrition in this fruit comes out through the peel. The fruit and peel are rich in Vitamin A and C as well as pectin, fiber and enzymes. The vitamins are what give the boost to the immune system and the fiber helps the stomach release gasses. Each orange is jam packed with different vitamins and benefits and almost all of the parts are useable.

What Do I Do With It? The leaves, essential oils, skin and fruit are all beneficial to our system separately and together. I think that we’re all pretty aware of how to use the fruits of oranges, but I’d like to say that you shouldn’t be scared to incorporate it in savory dishes as well as sweet! Make beauty products, use for aromatherapy or make cleaning supplies with the essential oil. Sachets can be made for potpourri, drinks or spiritual effects and work even more complexly combined with other herbs and flowers.

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