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Orange engravingOrange Peel, Sweet
Citrus sinensis

The high-energy scent of oranges is said to communicate the joy of angels to human beings. Orange peel is great for embodying the Sun in a mixture, whether pot pourri, tea, sachet, charm, etc. Like the Sun, orange peel lifts those who are down, helps the confused find direction, and gives new life to spiritual yearnings. Its scent is good for dealing with obsessive thinking and Sun-like, for turning us back to what is important. Orange peel is nice in Yule celebrations, reminding us of the promise of Sun even in the middle of winter. You can also mix it with cinnamon, frankincense, nutmeg, and juniper berries to make a nice pot pourri in honor of Leo or put into a centering, uplifting ritual bath combined with other Sun herbs. I have seen this magick herb recommended as an incense ingredient, but it doesn't smell good when burning. If you want to use it in an incense recipe, mix it together as usual, but instead of burning the incense on charcoal, put it into an oil burner and let the warmth release the scents. The scent of orange peels mixes nicely with bay leaves, cinnamon, pepper, cloves, coriander, frankincense, juniper, lemon, patchouli, sandalwood, vetiver, jasmine, and rose. Cunningham considered equal parts of lemon and orange peel to be a viable substitution for citron, also a member of the citrus family. Oranges, because of their color, also make a handy symbol for gold in spellwork. Top

Non-Magickal Uses

Orange peel is excellent as an ingredient in pot pourri or tea (especially nice with cassia sticks). You can go towards the warm end of the spectrum by combining it with black tea and clove or make it cooler by mixing it with whole hibiscus flowers and rosehips for good iced tea. Orange peel is used in both Chinese and French sauces for some meats, The scent can be extracted into water, alcohol, or oil. Citrus fruits have been cultivated by humans for at least 6000 years. While bitter oranges, beloved for the scent of their peel, were popular around the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages and were brought to Spain with the Arab conquest, sweet oranges (of which these are the peel) came to Europe from China in the Renaissance. I now also have bitter orange peel, which is used to make bitters. Top


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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Celebrating Yule
Leo Associations
Money Spells
Sun Herb
Uplifting, Centering

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