Eating Orange Peel
When you eat an orange, do you throw away the peel? I used to, but wouldn’t think of it these days. Perhaps you have seen a great recipe for soaking peels in vinegar to make a household cleaner. If you think that is the only reason to value those peels you’ll want to keep reading!
For years, I have eaten the orange fruit and thrown out the peel. I dried only enough to have dried orange peel to add to my tea blends as a flavoring. If you’ve browsed through an online herb reseller’s catalog, such as the one here, you’ve probably seen dried orange peel for sale. There are some really great, proven reasons why you might want to stop throwing out this valuable commodity.
Orange Peel Benefits
Did you know that most of the nutrition in the orange is located in the peel? Within the orange peel of Citrus sinensis you’ll find vitamins B, C, and various flavonoids. When we talk about the health benefits of the orange, the peel is where it’s at!
For the Skin
Ever notice all the orange-based skincare products on store shelves? The reason is that it is great as an anti-inflammatory, clearing up angry acne and helping to combat dry skin.
The chemicals in orange peel have been shown to calm the histamine response in the body, making it valuable in relieving the experience of itchy nose and watery eyes.
Immune System Boost
Packed with Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, the orange peel can be a great supplement during cold and flu season if you want to stay healthy!
It is said that orange peel can help with both cholesterol and blood pressure. A 2008 study of a proprietary herbal blend of orange peel and corktree showed reductions in blood pressure, LDL and triglycerides. Even though this included another herb, it makes orange peel a viable option to add to a natural formula for cardiovascular health.
How to Use Fresh or Dried Orange Peels
Now, it bears mentioning that many of the nutrients found in the peel will degrade a bit when you dry them. For instance, heat contributes to the degradation of Vitamin C. That doesn’t mean that dried orange peel is not effective at all, it just means that fresh is always best. Here are a few ideas for adding dried and fresh orange peel to your life:
- Add to your herbal tea blends. (dried and fresh)
- Add the whole fruit to the blender when making your morning smoothie! (fresh)
- Make marmalade! (fresh)
No matter how you enjoy your orange peel, just be sure not to waste it! If you’re still eating just the fruit, you’ll be throwing away the best part.
How do you use orange peels? Share with us in the comments below!