We eat oranges a lot, we add them to our smoothies, juice them or consume them fresh but every time we use them we throw away their peel since there’s no use for it. However, it seems that this has been our biggest mistake as orange peels can be quite beneficial and useful for a number of things and in this article we’ll show you exactly how to take advantage of them.
It turns out that orange peels can be quite health beneficial and we’ll tell you how you can prepare them and exploit their health benefits right after we reveal everything they can help you with.
Cholesterol reducing properties
We know that oranges are rich in antioxidants which can prevent free radical damage and protect us from a number of diseases. However, the peel contains certain compounds which are known to reduce the bad cholesterol levels and prevent arterial plaque accumulation and heart damage.
If you suffer from heartburn often orange peels can help you resolve this problem completely naturally. All you have to do is use the orange peel remedy we’ve prepared for you for 20 days in a row and you’ll feel significant relief.
As we already mentioned orange peels can fight free radicals damage which lowers your risk of cancer significantly.
These peels are also abundant in vitamin C which boosts your immune system and prevents the onset of respiratory issues like asthma, influenza, the common cold and bronchitis.
Orange peels contain dietary fibers which help with issues like IBS, stomach inflammation and constipation. You can prepare yourself an orange peels infusion to improve your digestion and relieve stomachaches.
Orange peels have an amazing aroma and can fill a room with a pleasant, warm scent. How to prepare an all-natural orange peels air freshener? Combine orange peels with mint, cinnamon, bay leaves and sandalwood and heat up the mixture. Soon your room will smell like heaven!
If your teeth have become yellow and stained orange peels can help you save some money and whiten them completely naturally. Rub your teeth with the inside of the orange peel (the white part) and your tooth will soon become much whiter and less sensitive.
Orange peels contain plenty of nitrogen which means that they can be used as an organic fertilizer and help your flowers and plants grow faster and stronger. Throw them around your plants in the soil and admire your garden.
As we already mentioned, orange peels contain plenty of vitamin C which can be used to lighten your skin naturally. How to use them to lighten your skin? Boil a handful of orange peels, let the mixture cool down and strain the liquid. Dab a cotton ball in the liquid and apply it on your problematic areas, dark spots and imperfections. Orange peels contain an extract which can tone your skin, close open pores and protect your face from the harmful UV rays.
The remedy we mentioned in the section about skin whitening can also be used as an insect repellent. Just pour the liquid in a spray bottle and spray it on the doors and window frames, spray it on the floors as well and be sure that no insect will enter your house again.
Candied orange peels
Now we’ll tell you how to prepare candied orange peels and take advantage of all the health benefits orange peels can offer.
- ½ liter of water
- ½ kg of orange peels
- ½ kg od sugar
For this recipe you’ll need to choose only organic oranges as we’ll be using their peel and non-organic oranges are loaded with insecticides, pesticides and all sorts of toxic ingredients which can be very harmful for your overall health.
Peel the oranges, making sure you leave out just a bit of the white skin on the inside of the peel. Chop them into thin strips and toss them in a pot with hot water. Once the water starts boiling, strain the liquid, drain them and put them back in the water. Repeat this strain, drain process for 5 times so that you can get rid of the peel’s bitter taste.
Now add half a liter of water, the orange peels and the sugar into a pot and let the mixture boil for about 5 minutes. Set it aside and let it sit overnight. In the morning cook the mixture again until the syrup becomes thick and the orange peels get brown and shiny. Now lay them on a tray and place them in the oven to dry out for 10 minutes with the door open. Take them out and enjoy your delicious orange peels. You can use the same process for grapefruit, lemon and tangerine peels.
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