Here’s the Coolest Thing You Can Do With an Orange Peel

August 22, 2016
by Dana Poblete for Thrive Market

Why toss an orange peel into the compost when you can transform it into a mood-lifting, beautiful-smelling aromatherapy candle?

If it sounds like magic, it kind of is. Watch and learn.

Separating the orange peel with the stem intact may take a delicate hand and some practice, but it’s the key to being able to light this baby on fire—when coated with oil it acts as the wick. Note: Sometimes it takes several seconds for the flame to catch, so be patient! With that in mind, a lighter will probably work better than a match.

Bay leaves add a complementary herbal note to the citrusy orange scent, which is known to improve mood, ease anxiety, and even shows promise as a way to help alleviate symptoms of depression.

So, when life hands you oranges, make a candle. It can burn for several hours, so this five-minute DIY is definitely worth the time.

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