Rich in vitamin C, energy-giving and juicy, oranges are one of the favourite citrus fruits available from winter through summer with seasonal variations depending on the variety. That’s a well known fact to every one of us.
But it may come as a surprise to you that orange peels can be very useful when it comes to improving everyday life and overall health. Orange peels contain considerable amounts of magnesium, vitamin A, calcium, copper, folate, vitamin B and dietary fiber. Its bitter taste is the result of the many flavonoids that orange peels consist of.
Continue reading to find out 25 surprising ways of using orange peels to improve your everyday life and health.
- Brighten your skin
Expensive creams and painful treatments are not always giving the best results in lightening your tired skin. On the other hand an orange peel is cheap, natural and healthy method of achieving the same results. Use orange peel as a sponge to soak up oils and toxins. Place the orange peel in some gauze and apply it directly to the skin. The result would be bright and clean skin.
- Fight mosquitoes and moths
Orange peel contains substances which mosquitoes and moths can’t stand. So place an orange peel near the place where insects are entering your home and make sure you’ll get rid of them quickly.
- To eliminate shoe odors
Use an orange peel sprinkled with a little baking soda to remove the odor from your shoes. The peel will absorb the odors, leaving your shoes smelling like citrus fruit.
- To clean the house
Instead of using the harmful toxic products to clean your home, try mixing a few cups of organic white vinegar and some orange peels in a jar. Leave the mixture in a freezer for a week, then take it out and use it to clean your house. Your house will be spic and span without any toxic residues.
- Remove water stains
Are you sick and tired of the awful water stains? The white part of the inside of an orange peel is an excellent cleaner of water stains on your furniture. Rub the peel directly on the stain and watch it come clean.
- As an air freshener
Put a few orange peels, a little lemon juice, and cinnamon in some water. Boil the water and leave it to fill your entire house. You’ll feel relaxed and refreshed.
- As wood polisher
Orange peels will give back the shine of your wood bowls, furniture, utensils and more. Just rub the white pith of an orange peel on your wood vigorously and the orange peel will bring the shine out of the wood.
- Keep your organic brown sugar fresh
Add a few dried orange peels in to the bag with your brown sugar to keep it fresh for a longer time. The peels will absorb the moisture responsible for clumping the sugar with time.
- As a fertilizer
Add some orange peels in the compost pile to improve the quality of the soil in your garden.
- Prepare yourself a tea
Slice the orange peels into strips and dry them for tea.
- As a natural deodorizer
Put some dried orange peels in a small bag, tie it and place it wherever you want to feel the fresh citrus scent.
- Make potpourri
Combine some milder smelling flowers or chamomile with some orange peels and make some potpourri to give your house some fresh smell.
- Add orange peels to your bath
Prepare yourself a relaxing and refreshing bath by adding a few slices of orange peels into the tub.
- As a body scrub
Combine coconut oil and some raw sugar to make your body scrub. To improve its effects grate some orange peels in it and rub it on your body for exfoliating and rejuvenating your skin.
- Whiten your teeth
Whiten your teeth in a natural way by rubbing them with an orange peel. Do this once a week and brag with your bright smile.
- Clean the kitchen
Remove stubborn greasy stains from your stove or other kitchen surfaces by rubbing an orange peel onto the stains. Leave it to react for a while and watch the stains as they disappear.
- As an all purpose cleaner
Grate some orange peel into vinegar and use this mixture to make your house clean and spotless.
- As spice
Add some fresh taste in your everyday meals. Grate some orange peel into your yoghurt, cereal, on your toast, pasta or any other dish you would like to spice up.
- As a candle
It may be a bit of a challenge but the result is an interesting candle which is decorative and at the same time fills the space with fresh scent. Try to cut around the orange with a knife so that you are able to get two-bowl like shells of orange peels. You can use the half with the “inner” stem attached as the base of the candle. The stem that is sticking out of the bottom half will be the wick. Simply pour a tablespoon of canola or olive oil over the wick and into the base and then light the candle. Cut a hole in the top of the other half so that oxygen can reach the wick.
- As a face mask
If you suffer from acne or you just need to rejuvenate your skin this mask is excellent for you. Combine two tablespoons of orange peel and some honey. Mix them well until you get paste which can be applied to your face.
- Keep your rubbish bin clean
Add some orange peels in your garbage disposal or under the rubbish bin and make sure to keep the bad smell in order.
- Cure hangover
Has it happen to you to spend all night clubbing and feel dizzy in the morning? Prepare yourself an excellent cure for hangover. Boil some orange peels for about 15-20 minutes and drink it as a tea.
- Reduce weight
If a few more pounds on your body are bothering you all the time, try consuming orange peels to shed some of it. Orange peels increase your metabolism and burn fat from your body.
- Improve digestion
Rich in anti-inflammatory properties, orange peels are very helpful in digestion and gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, acidity and heartburn.
- Cure asthma
Consume orange peel tea to remove phlegm and hence cure asthma.
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