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Oranges have many uses in herbal skin care. Dried orange peel and orange blossom can be added to revitalising bath vinegars and hair rinses, while orange leaves can be placed in wash mitts and bags for their stimulating effect.

 Orange blossom is helpful for dry and mature skins and orange flower water can be added to natural skin fresheners, creams, lotions and gels for these skin types. To make orange flower water, fill a jar with orange blossoms, a handful of leaves and a piece of peel. Fill the jar with vodka and leave the mixture for three weeks. Shake the jar once per day. Dilute this concentrate with spring water at a ratio of 1:10. For extra skin benefits for dry or mature skin, replace the spring water with rosewater. The diluted orange flower water can be used on its own as a skin freshener or facial mist.

 Orange peel can be dried and ground into a powder for use in soaps and exfoliating body scrubs.

 

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