Orange Peel (INCI: Citrus sinensis)
aka: Valencia Orange, Navel Orange, Sweet Orange
Orange peel is the cut and dried peel of actual oranges. It has a long history in Chinese and Ayurvedic Indian medicine where it’s been used for centuries. It is known for its astringent and antioxidant properties.
Aside from having more than 60 known flavanoids, it’s very high in Vitamins C and B1. It also contains more nutrients and enzymes than the actual fruit itself along with beta-carotene.
Many people make a drinkable tea using Orange Peel by soaking the peels in water. It’s used in all kinds of foods. It’s even used to flavor drinks and sodas. However, always pay attention to herbs when you’re pregnant or taking medications.
Orange peel is said to act a natural hair conditioner, making the hair softer and shinier. You can make a hair tea by soaking the orange peel in water and applying it to the hair after shampooing and conditioning.
Astringent teas like this help to increase the shine of hair. Put it in your spray bottle and use it in place of water when retwisting.
Some people even report that it helps lessen dandruff and makes curls pop.
Orange Peel powder is part of Ayurvedic treatments which many people use to improve skin tone, clean pores and fight bacteria. The Vitamin C and citric acid present on oranges is said to help restore collagen which may help with skin firmness.
Orange Peel is also thought to contribute to the exfoliation of dead skin cells with people typically making a paste from the powder and applying it as a mask. The mask claims to give a glow to the skin, but you’ll have to be the judge of that.
If you’re looking for an astringent mix to use on your hair after washing and conditioning, try using Orange Peel and see how you like it. 😀