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Here’s Why You Should Never Throw Away Orange Peels

by Nicole Morgan

These peels can also have a number of uses, both medicinal and practical. Orange and banana peels are used in different ways for any rubbing application. The outside of the orange peel is used for rubbing (orange side), but the inside of the banana peel is used for this purpose (white side).

Did you know the peels of some fruits hold some of the most powerful nutrients in the world? There are many uses, both medicinal and practical, for orange and banana peels that aren’t known by many. So, next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to remember this information.

Orange Peels 

It’s always a good idea to minimize pesticide levels by choosing organic oranges. Oranges tend to be grown with lower pesticide usage than most fruits but 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 with ease.

Orange peels and apple’s skin are similar because most of the nutrients are in the skin of these fruits. According to Rebecca Wood, author of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia, “One medium orange contains over 60 flavonoids and 170 different phytonutrients.” They are good for your skin, your system, and your home too. Dr. Jaishree Bhattacharjee, Ayurvedic consultant with Satvikshop helps us find out its different uses.

Medicinal Properties of Orange Peels

As per Ayurveda, orange peel is tikta (bitter) and it improves digestion and can speed up your metabolism. It helps to naturally beat gas, heartburn, vomiting, and acidic eructation. It’s also great to perk up your appetite and relieve nausea. Due to its pacifying properties, orange peel powder helps dissolve phlegm in respiratory systems, alleviate coughs, and asthma.

Most of the beneficiary aspects of orange peels come from their essential oils, which have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Essential oil “d-limonene” has the ability to defuse stomach acids and maintain normal intestinal movements. It also promotes normal liver function.

Studies have shown that orange peel can dissolve cholesterol and triglyceride. That means the consumption of an orange peel can benefit obese people who have high cholesterol levels. It has a flavonoid known as hesperidin, which is said to be effective against colon cancer and osteoporosis.

Essential oils from orange peels are sedative in nature so it makes them great for calming nerves and inducing sleep. Use orange peels in baths, simmer in a pot to uplift your mood, or beat insomnia naturally.

Beauty Properties of Orange Peels

Rub some orange peels on your skin gently if you have oily skin. Oily skin responds well to the application of orange peels. It helps balance the skin’s oil and makes your skin smoother and softer. Dried orange peel beads can act as a natural exfoliator by removing dead cells and blackheads gently and naturally.

Orange peels help in removing dark spots and blemishes. Due to its cleansing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties, it works well against pimples and acne. To remove damp or musky odor from your house and fill it with a beautiful fragrance, boil a few peels in water (you may also add some clove or cinnamon.)

Cooking With Orange Peels

If you use organic peels in cooking the orange zest can enhance the taste and flavor of many dishes. Dried orange peels can absorb humidity from brown sugar. Just place half a peel in the bag.

Candy made with orange peels can improve your appetite and the vitamin c in them boosts your immune system. Although the sugar content in most candy weakens the immune system, choosing candy made with orange peels is a better choice if you cannot resist eating sweets.

Candy made with orange peels can improve your appetite and the vitamin c in them boosts your immune system. Although the sugar content in most candy weakens the immune system, choosing candy made with orange peels is a better choice if you cannot resist eating sweets.

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