Updated: Jul 17, 2019
Did you know that a simple orange can be used to create a wide variety of products?
Parts of an orange
In general, an orange consists of the endocarp and exocarp. The endocarp consists of juice sacs and is the portion of the orange where juice is extracted. The exocarp is often known as the peel/rind of an orange.
Squeezing out every drop
The juice of oranges can be used to create orange essence, which is commonly used in the flavouring industry.
Orange peels can be used to create orange essential oils. The oils are extracted from the oil sacs on the outermost layers of the oranges. Commonly extracted via the cold press method, which does not require heat, the process preserves the more volatile compounds in in the oil that contributes to its characteristic aroma.
The cold press method produces biomass as another by-product, that can be added to animal feed as supplements for their diet.
Orange Essential Oil
The pure orange essential oil is often used in Aromatherapy due to its unique properties. It acts as a mood enhancer, and also has anti-bacterial properties, which can help you keep those nasty flu bugs away.
Read more about the benefits of Orange Essential Oils here.
Pure orange essential oil is made up of many useful compounds which give its characteristic properties. It is mostly made out of a very useful compound called d-limonene. The Limonene from orange oils can be used as a natural solvent, and this makes it a very important component in natural cleaning agents.
Orange essential oils are also often used in fragrances. The aroma of oranges are classified as a top note, which means that it is the first thing you smell in fragrances, but also the first smell to fade.
If you were to apply orange essential oils topically, be careful to use an appropriate quantity and dilute it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, as well. Pure orange essential oil is considered an irritant if applied directly to your skin.
Orange peels themselves have amazing benefits. The peels can be dried and use as chinese medicinal herbs. They can even be eaten as snacks! These dried peels can help help to improve digestion and reduce bloating.
Other than for consumption, dried orange peels can be used to create body care products such as facial scrubs, masks, and body care products. Check out some links below, to find out more about how you can create your own self-care products out of orange peels!
The next time you pick up an orange, think of all the amazing things that can come out of it!