Citrus fruit peels hold some amazing nutrient properties and they don't belong anywhere near a garbage can. Whenever trying to use the peels of any citrus fruit such as oranges, try to buy organically-grown, especially if you plan to eat the peels or use them on your body. Here are 8 incredible health benefits of orange peels.
If you don't have access to organic oranges, a good cleaning with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water will remove almost any pesticide remaining within the outer peel.
Beneficiary aspects of orange peels come from its essential oils, which have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oil d-limonene has ability to defuse stomach acids and maintain normal intestinal movements. It also promotes normal liver function.
Almost all the anti-cholesterol compounds in oranges are found in the peels. These compounds help combat the LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol in our bodies that form clots and plaque culminating in clogged heart arteries. Therefore, including orange peels to your diet can lower the total cholesterol levels in the body. Studies have shown that orange peel can dissolve both cholesterol and triglycerides.
2. Averts Cancer
It has a flavonoid known as hesperidine, which is said to be effective against colon cancer. Apart from repelling oxygen free radicals that steal oxygen from healthy cells, the chemical compounds in orange peels also help inhibit the growth and division of cancerous cells.
Suffer from chronic heartburn? There’s a natural relief to get rid of severe heartburns- orange peels! Research shows that an active chemical in orange peels helps relieve heartburn. When used over a period of 20 days, you can get a extended relief from heartburns.
4. Digestive problems
Orange peels contain a lot of dietary fiber. 100 grams of orange peels contain at least 10.6 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is useful for preventing irritable bowel syndrome including constipation and bloating. You can prepare a relaxing tea with orange peel extract to soothe your digestive system.
5. Beautiful Skin
Oily skin responds well to application of orange peels. It balances the skin oils and makes skin smooth and soft. Dried orange peel beads act as natural exfoliators and remove dead cells and blackheads gently and naturally, bringing a glow to the skin. Orange peels help in removing dark spots and blemishes. Due to its cleansing, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and antifungal properties, it works well against pus filled pimples and acne. To remove damp or musky odor from house and fill it with beautiful fragrance, it can be boiled in water with clove or cinnamon.
6. Respiratory Conditions
Orange peels are bursting with vitamin C that is a great immune booster. The anti-oxidants in oranges especially vitamin C may help avert numerous respiratory problems such as bronchitis, colds, flu, asthma, and lung cancer.
7. House Cleaner
Instead of cleaning with phthalates, antibacterial soaps, triclosan or other toxic compounds, mix a few cups of organic white vinegar and some orange peels in a jar. Leave it in the freezer for a week, then take it out, and use to it to clean your entire house with it without toxic residue.
Long ago, people treasured orange peels for their natural healing properties. The ingredients extracted from orange peels were used as medicine to cure various digestive disorders including indigestion. The rich dietary fiber helps regulate bowel movement, thereby soothing the digestive system.