It is often said that the skin of some vegetables is full of nutrients. For example, the potato skin that many people throw in the trash is full of fiber, vitamin C and loads of minerals, including calcium, iron, potassium and sodium. It is therefore not surprising that the skin of some fruits is also very beneficial; orange and banana are among others.
If you want to use the orange peel, remember that they are often treated with pesticides, even if that is little less than some other fruits. It is therefore wiser to wash them with a solution of one tablespoon of lemon juice, one tablespoon of white vinegar and two tablespoons of tap water.
The orange peel is a gold mine in terms of nutrients. A medium-sized orange contains about 60 different flavonoids and 117 nutrients. According to Dr. J. Bhattacharjee, these nutrients are not only good for your body, but are also very useful in your home.
Medicinal benefits of orange peel
In Ayurvedic terminology, orange rind tastes “titka”, which means “bitter”. It not only can speed up the metabolism, but it can help digestion. It can be an excellent treatment against gas, heartburn, nausea and vomiting. It also stimulates appetite. It is also used to dissolve phlegm and treat asthma attacks.
Essential oils in the orange peel have great medicinal values. They have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics. In addition, the essential oil known as “Limonene” has the ability to dilute the stomach acids and promote a healthy gut and liver function.
It helps to reduce cholesterol levels and provides a barrier against cancer and osteoporosis.
A recent study shows that the orange peel can lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Another study has also shown that it constitutes a barrier against colon cancer and osteoporosis, with its contents of hesperidin.
It calms the nerves and promotes sleep.
The essential oils from the orange peel have a calming effect and can be used to calm nervous people and help them sleep.
Orange peel is a skin toner
It was discovered that gentle scrub of your skin with orange peel helps restore its balance and makes it softer and smoother.
The orange peel can be used as a natural exfoliant. It has the ability to remove dead cells from the surface of your skin and fights against blackheads. It can also be used to treat pimples and acne, thanks to its cleansing properties and antibacterial, antiinflammatory and antifungal agents it contains.
Perfume and orange flavor
One of the other great aspects of the orange peel is its wonderful fragrance. It springs as soon as you peel an orange, filling the air with a fresh and pungent odor. You can accentuate the flavor by boiling the orange peel in a little water and adding a few spices like cloves or cinnamon. Speaking of spice, feel free to add some orange peel to soups and stews, to give them a delicious tangy taste.
The banana skin also has beneficial uses. However, as the orange peel, it must first be cleared of pesticides, by the same method.
Varieties of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals contained in banana peel can be used not only as a remedy against many health problems and diseases, but also for cell regeneration.
Recent studies have shown that the banana peels can filter the copper and lead present in the water.
It can be used against insect bites and skin problems like psoriasis, warts and wrinkles.
Just wrap the area where you were bitten by an insect with a banana skin to minimize the irritation.
The banana skin has a magical effect on warts, it doesn’t just make them disappear but it keeps them from reappearing. For this you need to apply a piece of banana peel on the wart and let it stay overnight, while following the treatment prescribed by your doctor.
Psoriasis makes the skin red, scaly, covered with plates and scales. The banana skin can reduce inflammation and soothe irritation. Simply wrap each day a banana skin on the infected areas for several hours, until you notice an improvement. This treatment also helps to rehydrate your skin.
In addition, through its antihistamine properties, the banana peel can treat various ailments such as rashes, dermatitis and inflammation and irritation of the skin, including sunburn.
Banana peel treats bruises
Thanks to its regenerative properties, the banana skin can speed up the healing of bruises.
It heals small cuts and scratches.
Wrap, with the inside of a banana skin, the small cuts or scratches (when they already stopped bleeding, of course) and help them speed up the healing process.
Banana peel removes splinters
Apply the interior side of the banana skin over the area where the splinter is found. This alone will raise it to the surface of your skin.
Banana peel whitens the teeth
Rub the inside of a banana peel against your teeth for a few minutes several times a week, which will significantly improve the whiteness of your teeth.
Banana peel relieves headaches
If you suffer a headache, just spread a banana skin on your forehead, lie down, relax, and wait for the nutrients to take effect.
Banana peel a fantastic natural shine agent
Finally, you can use banana peels as a shoe shine. First remove the stringy parts inside and gently rub the parts of the shoe you want to shine.
Having a healthy lifestyle means to ensure reasonable use of the scarce resources of the planet and have eco oriented attitude towards the environment. After using all the possible benefits of the fruit skins, avoid making them a waste, and make them a nutrient rich compost to help you grow your own fruits and vegetables!
Source: Healthy holistic living