We all know the benefits of oranges in our diet and how healthy its consumption is but one mistake that we do is that we throw away the peels of the orange. The peels of oranges have lots of benefits for the health and body and by throwing it away we are wasting an asset which we can easily utilize and cheap.
Orange fruit is a good source of Vitamin C, but in this article we would be discussing the surprising health benefits and uses of orange peels that we discard more often than not.
Health Benefits & Uses of Orange Peels
1. Anti Cholesterol:
Almost all the anti-cholesterol elements that oranges are renowned for are found in their peels. The compounds present help deal with the LDLs which are responsible for clogging of the arteries. It is better to add orange peels in the daily salad for a healthier heart.
2. Protection against Cancer:
It has properties to fight against free radicals which are responsible for stealing oxygen from the cells as well as having the properties to stop the growth of cancerous cells.
3. Relieving Heart Burns:
Ever suffered from heart burns? We all have at some point of our life and the remedy of it is the unlikeliest one, Orange peels. Orange peels have compounds that relieve heart burns and when taken in extended period of around two weeks the problem of heart burn would go away for a while.
4. Digestive Problems:
Orange peel is high on fiber, a 100grams of orange peels contain 10 grams of dietary fiber. It helps ease the digestion problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and bloating. You can also make a relaxing tea with orange peels as it would also help the digestive system.
5. Respiratory Issues:
Orange and its peels are a rich source of vitamin C, which is a great immune booster. This compound would avert many breathing related problems such as bronchitis, lung cancer, sore throat and common flu.
6. Air Freshener:
Among the household uses, it can be used in the making of an air freshener. All you need to do is select aromatic ingredients such as cinnamon and sandalwood along with orange peels and make a potpourri. It is natural, cheap and it would make your home feel fresh and citrusy.
7. As a Teeth Whitener:
Use of Orange peel as a tooth whitener is extremely cheap and effective. You can make it into a paste but just rubbing the inside part of the peel is simpler and less time consuming. Some argue that it may affect sensitive teeth but the reality is that it not only makes your teeth whiter but stronger too.
8. Taste Enhancer:
It the ancient traditions orange peels were highly regarded and used in foods to make it taste tangy and even today orange peels are regarded as a taste enhancer in some areas. You can use it to make your food taste different, in some cases enhance the taste and get the health benefits as well.
9. Bug Repellent:
Against all odds Orange peels contain an acid which works as a bug repellent and it includes all bugs such as mosquitos, ants, roaches etc. The simple thing is to make a peel extract and spray it on the path of insects or where the insects like to gather and your place will be bug free.
Having noted the benefits of orange peels we have to make sure that we purchase organic oranges which have not been sprayed by pesticides, because they penetrate deep into the skin of the orange and the orange itself sometimes is not healthy enough for consumption. The remedies and the benefits that the peels provide are however cheap and can be replicated at home.