Build-in Pesticides can not be washed off. It’s in the food. But wait…. Only citrus essential oils are able to deeply penetrate your produce and remove pesticides effectively.
HOW can citrus oil remove pesticides? The answer is monoterpenes.
Monoterpenes are present in almost all essential oils. According to The Reference Guide to Essential Oils, their action is to inhibit the accumulation of toxins. Monoterpenes also enhance the therapeutic values of other components and are the balancing portion of the oil. They restore the correct information in the DNA of the cell once the sesquiterpenes and pheonlics have done their job. They all contain the functional group C10H16.
Citrus essential oil contain the highest amount of the monoterpene, d-limonene, which has the ability to dissolve petroleum oils effectively.
Pesticides are petroleum based. Therefore, the d-limonene commonly found in citrus oils can remove pesticides from your produce. Lemon and orange oils have particularly high concentrations of d-limonene, which is why they’re my favorite ones to use for cleaning produce.
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How to remove pesticides from your produce using citrus essential oils
citrus essential oils (lemon and orange are best)
Close your drain and fill up your sink up with water.
Add 10 drops of citrus oil. Keep in mind, essential oils are very potent; a little goes a long way.
Add in about a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.
Add your produce and soak for 10-15 minutes.
Let produce soak for a few minutes.
Give the produce one more rinse with clean warm water.
Are theese procedurers for organic produce ?
Hi Ken! It’s good for organic produce as well. Unfortunately organic produce still has some residue.
Does the essential oil need to be organic, or is any pesticide residue removed during the distillation process?
Hi Jules! Depends on the oil brand, I only use doterra and they are 100% pure.