A lush, pulpy orange is a treat to sore eyes and throat. It’s tangy, citrusy flavour soothes parched throat when had as juice, or even as a whole. But there is more to the orange that its pulpy core, its peel for instance. The orange peel is a hunting ground for fruit acids and vitamin C, making it an extremely versatile ingredient in a variety of other things such as skincare, beauty, for cooking and baking, aside from many health uses.
Loaded with flavonoids and phytonutrients, the orange peel is an essential part of the fruit orange, and by discarding it you are losing out on more than half a dozen of its goodness.
Ways you can put the orange peel to so many magnificent uses.
1. It gives you sparkly, white teeth
A natural floss for your teeth, a compound called d-limonene helps lower the yellow deposits in the corner of your teeth, aside from smoking stains. All you need to do is rub the inside of the peel over your dentures for a few minutes and nicely rinse off. Practice for a few days and see the results.
2. It makes your skin look younger
The antioxidants in orange peel helps prevent formation of wrinkles, fine lines, and skin ageing. To get rid of these free radicals you need a tablespoon each of orange peel powder and oats. Add some honey to it to make it a fine paste. Apply this pack to your face and neck, and leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes Rinse it off with cold water. You will notice an instant change.
3. You won’t have blackheads and whiteheads
The abrasive quality of the orange peel makes it a natural scrub that helps exfoliate the skin and remove grime and dead skin cells. Powder the orange peel and mix it with some yoghurt, apply it on your face and neck, particularly on your nose where the blackheads are concentrated. Let it stay for about 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. This orange peel pack prevents the formation of acne and blackheads.
4. For a glowing complexion make an orange peel pack
The vitamin C in orange peel is a great complexion booster. A face pack made by mixing two tablespoon each of orange peel powder and yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey can help remove dullness from the skin, and protects it from UV rays. Apply the pack on your face and neck and let it stay for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. It also lightens acne scars from your face, aside from giving you a bright, supple skin.
5. No more bad cholesterol
Orange peel is rich in pectin, a natural soluble fibre that helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol in the body, which increases the risk of stroke and cardiovascular diseases. This pectin in the orange peel also keeps the blood pressure levels in check. Powder some orange peel and drink it as a tea everyday to achieve best results. You can even use the orange zest as a flavouring over your desserts.
6. Orange peel tea for weight loss
Vitamin C, the antioxidant vitamin in orange peel is an essential component to foster weight loss. To make this tea, you need to dry the peels from oranges in a cool and dry place, then take a tablespoon of the orange peel and add it to a cup of hot water. Allow it to steep for about 10 minutes. Further on, strain the water into a cup and add a dash of honey. Drink at least two cups of this orange herbal tea everyday for best results.
7. Treats constipation
Orange peel aids digestion, and is a great idea for those suffering from constipation. The high dietary fibre in orange peel helps regulate bowel movement. The pectin in orange peel supports the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine which in turn promotes digestion. It is also a cure for various digestive disorders such as gas, stomach cramps, indigestion, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome and bloating of the stomach.
8. It can serve as a room freshener
The sweet scent of orange makes the room smell fresh. Use this natural room freshener in your kitchen, living room, bathroom or office spaces to help get rid of unpleasant odour. To make this air freshener, you need to add some fresh orange peels, a little lemon juice and a couple of cinnamon sticks in two cups of water, and allow it to boil for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and store it in a spray bottle. Use it as per your need.
9. Orange peel as a gardening compost
It’s not just vitamin C, orange peel is also rich in nitrogen which makes it a very good addition to the compost pile. The nitrogen in orange peel makes the soil fertile in turn making it ideal to support your little kitchen garden which can include an array of fruits and vegetables. In addition to that, your compost will not smell like garbage anymore and keep stray dogs and cats away from littering on it.
10. Keeps your home free of mosquitoes
The tangy fragrance of orange peel keeps off houseflies, mosquitoes and ants from your home. This citrus smell which is a result of limonene in orange peel in fact repels insects, and even an occasional stray cat. Make a fine powder of the orange peel and sprinkle it the dark corners, window sill where these insects usually congregate, and the results are unbelievable. You can even rub fresh orange peel all over your skin to prevent mosquito bites.