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Who would have known that orange peels could do so much? Now, I know what you may be thinking; "What's the big deal with orange peels?" Well, the big deal is what's inside them -- and that's orange oil! To see what I mean, grab an orange and peel it. Then, squeeze the peels and you'll observe tiny droplets of orange oil seeping from the peel. It's in the oil where the real power of the orange lies.

So, what kind of power are we talking about? How about the power to clean your home... to killing insects... and even improving your health.

That's right. You can use orange oil for all the above. And the wonderful thing is that it's natural, non-toxic, and safe when used correctly. The many practical cleaning uses of orange oil has been has been know for quite some time by the good folks who sell the Orange Glo products. Other uses have been researched by a handful of leading Universities.

Cleaning Uses

Pure, undiluted orange oil is a powerful solvent and is strong enough to melt plastic. The main ingredient in orange oil and other citrus oils is d-limonene. Read our article here to learn more about citrus oils and cleaners.

Because of its strength, orange oil can be used as a cleaning agent to clean grease and grime on just about any surface including:

- stoves and ovens
- grills
- floors and walls
- tires
- you can even use it to remove crayon marks

Of course, one of the benefits of cleaning with orange oil is its pleasing aroma. You can even use it as an air freshener.

Use Orange Oil to Kill Insects

Cleaning is not the only thing you can to with orange oil. You can use it as a non-toxic way to rid yourself of ants and other pesky insects! As it turns out, the main ingredient in orange oil can deliver a devastating blow to the ant community. As a matter of fact, there's even a niche industry that makes orange oil based products that are extremely effective at ending any ant problems you may have.

As well, I can tell you from personal experience that it works to kill - and even keep away - flies too! Just spray orange oil on them and they go down like a deflated balloon. The wonderful thing is that there's no toxic odors left behind.

Health Benefits of Orange Oil

Just when you probably thought that it couldn't do more - orange oil pleasantly delivers. Orange oil just doesn't clean and helps get rid of ants - it can actually improve your well-being. There are other compounds in orange oil that have medicinal uses such as:

Anti Inflammatory - It can deliver quick relief from minor inflammations.

Mood Elevator - Feeling down? Well, smell an orange! The oil in oranges is used quite effectively in aromatherapy. So before you try some expensive drugs, spend a dollar or two on some oranges.

Appetite Lifter - Need to eat, but you're not feeling hungry? Bring out the oranges again for some more aromatherapy! The smell of oranges has been know to help boost your appetite.

Aphrodisiac - Claims have been made as to the effectiveness of orange oil in the bedroom. It's said to help with problems such as loss of interest and impotence. Hey, it doesn't hurt to try.

Anti-gas (Carminative) - Oddly enough, orange oil can help you relieve gas by relaxing the abdominal muscles and rectal area.

Diurectic - Orange oil acts as a diurectic and helps you eliminate toxins via your urine.

Don't Throw Your Orange Peels Away Just Yet!

We spoken about quite a few uses for orange oil - but don't throw away those orange peels just yet! Why? Because you can use the orange peels as an ingredient in your cooking.

Orange peels can be used as a dried seasoning. The thin top layer of an orange is called the "zest". You can remove the zest from an orange by using a zester or scraper to grate it off. After storing the zest in a bottle and allowing it to dry, you can then use it to enhance the flavor in sauces, meats and even desserts.

But wait, theres more. If you ever happen to be in need of building a fire, orange peels make for great kindling. The oil in the peels allow the fire to start quickly and also to burn slowly and steadly. You might even enjoy the added benefit of have a pleasing orange aroma in the background.

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