Health Benefits of Orange Peel:
- Orange peel also knows as orange zest (the shavings of the orange portion of the peel) contain hespetidin (this compound is also present in orange flesh but in smaller amount) an antioxidant that has a potential to lower cholesterol and helps normalize blood pressure more effectively than some prescription drugs.
- Orange peels contain natural oil which is utilized by the body to help keep the elasticity of veins and arteries; it will also help keep skin strong, elastic and beautiful. Add some orange peel to a bath and let your skin absorb these beneficial oils.
- Orange peel is a good source of pectin a natural fiber that can help normalize blood sugar level and helps prevent constipation. Additionally, pectin helps promote the production of healthy bacteria in the intestines.
- Pectin also works as a natural appetite suppressant, reducing the desire to overeat.
- Orange peel tea can help with weight loss and weight management because it is known to raise metabolism, improve stamina and energy, and speed up the elimination of unwanted stored fat.
- Orange peel can aid digestion and relieve gastrointestinal problems such as acidity, heartburn, flatulence, diarrhea and the digestion of fatty foods.
- Orange peel contains anti-inflammatory properties and has shown some promise in fighting certain types of cancer including breast cancer.
- Orange peel tea is a good remedy for insomnia.
Orange Peel Topical use: Orange peel contains d-limonene, which serves as shield toward ultraviolet rays, making it an effective natural sunscreen when rubbed onto the skin directly or added to skin oils and lotions. The topical use of orange peel can also prevent pimples, acne, premature aging and wrinkling and can be added to a bath for healthy skin and a refreshing scent.
Orange Peel Uses:
- Bug Repellent. The oil from the peel also makes an excellent bug repellent when applied topically.
- Ant Repellent. You can use orange peel to repel ants and other insects by pureeing the peel in the blender or food processor and spreading it around the area you wish to protect.
- Cat Repellent. Sprinkle orange peels around your garden to repel cats, as they do not like the sharp smell and will avoid digging near them.
- Cleanser and Deodorizer. Orange peel is also a useful cleanser and deodorizer. Just add liquefied orange peel to your favorite cleanser and deodorizer and use as usual.
Orange peel tea dosage: Many health professionals recommend 1 to 2 grams of dried bitter orange peel simmered for 10 to 15 minutes in a cup of water. Three cups are usually recommended as a daily dosage.
How to add Orange zest in your food? You can add orange zest to grains or oatmeal to give it an added citrus flavor. Use orange zest as part of a salad dressing or marinade. Add it to jams or jellies. Sprinkle it on salads. Use it as a spice to add flavor to fish and meats and vegetables. Orange zest is also a famous addition to baked goods.
How to Zest an Orange? It’s easy to zest an orange simply use a grater, zesting tool, paring knife, or a vegetable slicer to shave off thin slips of orange peel which can be chopped into smaller pieces.
Caution: For maximum health, choose organic orange peel or wash properly to avoid ingesting pesticides, herbicides or wax coating used to enhance appearance.
“This post was originally published on January 3, 2012 @18:32”