You know that fruit is good for you, so eat it all. Orange and banana peels prove just as beneficial to your health, as the pulp inside.
Fruits are healthy, no doubt. They are packed with vitamin C and other nutrients like Potassium. But I bet you didn’t know just how incredibly nutritious the skins of fruits could be.
Orange and bananas peels, for instance, provide huge benefits to your health. The peels of fruits have even more amazing benefits to your health than what’s inside.
First off, you need clean oranges, low in pesticides, to lower the risk of toxins put into your body. Now, since you cannot eliminate all pesticide intake, consider organic oranges, which contain only low levels of these substances.
You will have to clean organic oranges with 1 cup of white vinegar/water mixture and 1 tablespoon lemon juice to further lower your pesticide intake, possibly eliminating this substance from some of the skins.
Rebecca Wood, author of The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia said,
“One medium orange contains over 60 flavonoids and 170 different phytonutrients.”
Apples and oranges are similar fruits because most of their nutrients are found in the skin. Not only are they good for your systems and your skin, but also good for uses in the home as well. Dr. Jaishree Bhattacharjee, an Ayurvedic consultant with Satvikshop, helps us understand these benefits and educates us on what fruit skins can do. Here are a few amazing benefits of Orange peels.
1. Orange peels and medicinal qualities
Nothing beats finding great health benefits from our foods. As we know, oranges provide many great solutions. What we might not know is how orange peel benefits us just as much.
2. Digestion and liver function
Orange peel relieves heartburn, gas, vomiting and acid reflux. This is because the orange peel improves the overall digestion, or as learned in Ayurveda (one of the world’s oldest holistic healing practices). Orange peel is it’s tikta (bitter) and it improves digestion and removes sluggishness in the abdomen.
The peel of the orange can also help improve the appetite as well. The essential oils derived from orange peel has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial aspects. The oils are called d-limonene which defuses stomach acids that hinder the normal movements within the intestines. Liver functions are also greatly improved with the use of orange peel.
3. Respiratory system
A powder, made from orange peel, can help reduce coughs and remove phlegm which greatly inhibits the respiratory system. Colds and the flu can cause worsening of asthma as well, which orange peel can also alleviate. This powder can be soothing and healthy at the same time.
4. Other health benefits
Cholesterol and triglycerides can be dissolved with the use of orange peel, according to studies. For overweight people, eating orange peel can thus help lower these cholesterol levels. Also, colon cancer and osteoporosis can be affected in a positive way due to a flavonoid is known as hesperidin which is found in orange peels.
Orange peels can serve as a natural sedative, by simmering in a pot or adding to your bath. This helps cure insomnia and calm your nerves.
5. Orange peels and beauty properties
Orange peel leaves your skin feeling soft by balancing oils. Your skin will respond to this treatment with less oil and a smooth texture. Dried versions of this fruit skin can be used as exfoliators which remove dead skin and blackheads. Dark blemishes can also be removed in this manner. Pimples and acne, which contain bacteria, show improvement after the utilizing orange peel to cleanse the skin.
6. Orange peel for aromatherapy
This natural substance works wonders for fragrance and aromatherapy. When orange peels are boiled with clove and cinnamon, the scent calms the nerves and leaves the home smelling delightful.
7. Orange Peels in Cooking
The peelings from an orange can be used to add zest to all kinds of dishes. When brown sugar becomes too moist, orange peel can absorb all liquid from this ingredient. You can also make candy from orange peel, as well, and add vitamin C for a healthy punch.
Just as with oranges, banana peels work much better and is safer, when using organic fruit with less pesticide. You can wash the bananas as you would the oranges to be safe. Banana peels are full of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals which have anti-aging properties and curative abilities.
Here are a few ways in which to use banana peels:
1. Filtering water
Lead and copper can be absorbed from water using banana peels, according to research.
2. Insect Bites
To soothe skin from the irritation of insect bites, you can utilize a banana peel rub.
3. Heals bruises
This natural ingredient can speed up healing.
4. Peels whiten teeth
Within a couple weeks, you will notice whiter teeth, if you scrub them with the inside of a banana peel.
5. Eliminates warts
If you tape a small piece of banana peel on a wart, even a plantar wart, for a week, you will not only heal the wart, but you will also prevent any others from growing in the same spot.
6. Heals cuts and scrapes
All sorts of small injuries can be healed with the inside of a banana peel.
7. Removes splinters
An enzyme within banana peels can help dislodge splinters and heal the tiny wound. Just tape a piece of the peel over the splinter and it will come out. It’s the same process used for healing and preventing warts.
8. Used for acne prevention
Rub banana peel over your face and body and will improve acne.
9. Cure for psoriasis
These peels moisturize, eliminate itching and heals psoriasis. When you rub the peel on the affected area, you will notice a difference in a few days.
10. Relieves itch
If You’ve got poison ivy, the banana peel will relieve your itching. The itch will disappear if you rub the peel over the area twice a day.
11. Cures headaches
When you have a headache, eat a banana and rub the peel across your forehead.
12. Smoothes wrinkles
Applying banana peel to your face can reduce wrinkles and tighten your skin.
13. For the home
You can use banana peel to shine things like silver and other similar surfaces. Shoes and leather can also be shined with the fruit’s peel.
The Wonders of Fruit Peels
There may be much more uses for orange and banana peels, these are just a few examples. Fruits are nutritious and delicious, with so many benefits for our body and mind.
Let us know if you have an awesome use of orange and banana peels, and keep utilizing your other natural solutions as well.
Have fun with it!
By Sherrie H.
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