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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Orange Essential Oil Extract for Cleaning - Make it at home!

Oranges are in high season here in Arizona (late November through March) - and even their peelings are amazing!  You can make your own Vitamin C from them, and your own cleaning products!

How to Make Orange Essential Oil Extract
You will need
Orange peels
Grain alcohol or cheap vodka*
Tray, cookie sheet, or towel
Knife or food processor (the food processor/chopper is easiest)
Fabric to strain with (clean old t-shirts, dish towels or coffee filters)
Two jars, one should have a tight fitting lid
Make it

1. Eat or juice a bunch of oranges, clementines, or mandarins - - and save the peels.
2. Lay the peels on the cookie sheet, tray or towel and let them air dry (do not put them in a dehydrator or you will lose the oil!) until the peels are rock hard - - about one week to dry.
3. Use the food process/chopper/knife to cut the dry peels into small bits. Do not over process the peels in the food processor/chopper until they are mushy or you will lose the oil in the peel.
4. Add the chopped peels to the jar with the tight fitting lid and cover the peels in grain alcohol or vodka. 
5. Put into a cabinet out of the sunlight.
6. Shake the jar to release the oil several times a day for several days. The longer you let the peels steep the more orange oil you will extract.
7. Use a coffee filter to strain liquid from the orange peels and into the second jar.
8. Place a clean cloth on top of the jar of liquid. Allow the alcohol to evaporate from the jar for one week.
9.  Pour Orange Extracted essential oil into an amber glass bottle and close lid tightly.  Dark bottles help store oils best.  Light and oxygen break down citrus oils.
10. If sediment collects in the bottom of bottle, strain again.
11.  Use this oil to make your household cleaners - - using a solution of  HALF VINEGAR, HALF WATER and a healthy squirt of DAWN DISH WASHING SOAP.

If you want to purchase ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL (which is NOT an extract, but a pressed oil) go to:
Leather furniture cleaner - Moisturize leather furniture with a mixture of  1⁄4 cup flax seed oil, 1⁄2 cup white vinegar and 1 to 2 drops orange essential oil. Place the ingredients in a glass jar with a lid. Cover and shake before using. Apply with a soft, clean cloth. Rub the mixture on one small area at a time and buff until the surface dries. 
Insect-repellent glass cleaner  Combine 2 cups white vinegar with 10 drops sweet orange essential oil in a labeled spray bottle. Use it to clean windows and mirrors.  Shake well before each use.
Almond Milk  Put a delicious zing in your almond milk by adding a few drops of orange oil. Soak 2⁄3 cup raw almonds and 4 soft dates (pitted) in 2 cups water overnight. Blend with 2 more cups water until smooth. Add 1 drop cinnamon essential oil and 4 drops orange essential oil, then pour through a mesh strainer or nut milk bag. Serve warm or chilled.

I have ARIZONA SWEETS available now!  Delicious, sweet and beautiful oranges!  They are picked and available for you!  $5 for a 5 gallon bucket.  Email me at botanicaleducation@gmail.com.  Queen Creek, Arizona

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