Orange peel is also called, Orange rind or orange zest 🍊. Usually we discard them as we rarely get time to use them and sometimes as we don’t know it’s benefits. So, let me tell you the benefits of orange peel, that you are missing.
Will mention all the Nutritional values first and then the beautiful ways to use it.
Nutritional benefits of orange peel:
- Vitamin C, A precursor, E,
- Vitamin B1, B2, B6, B9,
- Along with this we get a bonus of Zero cholesterol and High fibre too.
Knowing the facts :
- Few grams (say 5 grams) of orange peel gives,
almost 3 times more vitamin C than the whole fruit.
- 3-4 times more fibre than the fruit
- More polyphenols than the fruit.
How to eat it ?
Orange peel though very nutritious, are generally not consumed as they are a bitter in taste and hard to chew. But here i give you some good ways to have them.
Recipes and uses of orange peel are:
- Herbal tea
- Flavoured milk
- For garnishing in juices, yogurt, oatmeals.
Uses of Orange peel:
- Face-mask – Orange-peel powder + milk
- As a cleanser and acne controller- Peel powder + water = a paste (Not advisable for dry skin)
- As a scrub- Dry peel powder + Honey.
- Whitening the teeth– rub the inner part of peel on the teeth
- Repellent for mosquitoes- keep the peels near the window doors.
- Bath powder – Orange peel powder can be mixed with regular bath powders for good benefits.
- Air freshener- Can be used into your vaporisers.
- Nasal congestion 👃🏼 – Drink the boiled peel water.
- Hair- Boiled peel water Can be used after shampooing.
- Cleaner- Peels are mixed with vinegar and kept aside for few days to make it a powerful cleaner.
Peel Properties :
- High citric acid content cleanses and exfoliates the skin.
- Aroma enlightens the mood.
Health issues, where it is useful:
- Diabetes type 2
- Cancer – Hesperidin( polyphenol) in the peel has anti-cancerous properties.
Important note for you:
- To prevent the complications due to pesticides, dust and mould, wash🚿 the oranges carefully.
- Eat small quantities of peel at a time. As it is hard to chew due to its rough and dry texture.
- High quantity can provide more fibre and cause bloating issues.
- Seeds are not advisable to eat as they contain meagre amounts of cyanide.