Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium
Edible Part: Flesh and juice of fruit. Peel used in small quantities as flavoring.
Orange Health Benefits:
- Drinking orange juice regularly can help cure addiction to alcoholic drinks.
- Oranges when consumed in large quantities (about 3 medium-size a day) can help decrease the outpouring of mucus secretions from the nose.
- Oranges also contain rutin, hespetidin, and other bioflavonoids, plant pigments that may help prevent or retard tumor growth.
- Oranges is not only rich in vitamin C, but is also a good source of calcium. A medium size orange gives you as much calcium as an ounce of Brie cheese, though it has 30 fewer calories.
- Oranges rich vitamin C content can also help protect sperm from genetic damage that may cause birth defect. One orange supplies nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C.
- Oranges when consumed regularly can help retard the development of hardening of the arteries.
- Orange can help stimulate the digestive juices, relieving constipation.
- Orange juice can help prevent kidney stone. Drinking orange juice daily can significantly drop the risk of formation of calcium oxalate stones in the kidney.
Orange Nutrition: Per 100 gm.
- Vitamin A: 190 I.U.
- Vitamin B: thiamine .08 mg.; Riboflavin .3 mg.; Niacin . 2 mg.
- Vitamin C: 49 mg.
- Calcium: 33 mg.
- Iron: .4 mg.
- Phosphorus: 23 mg.
- Potassium: 300 mg.
- Fat: .2 gm.
- Carbohydrates: 11.2 gm.
- Protein: .9 gm
- Calories: .45 gm.
Orange Peel Benefits:
- Orange peel is an appetite-stimulant.
- Orange-peel tea is good for digestive disorders and gastric juice deficiency.
- Orange peel is good for skin tone, it can help lighten and tighten your skin. Just put boiling water on the orange peels and let it remain there for the whole day. Place the liquid in a spray bottle and spray it to your face and body after bath.
- Rubbing fresh orange peel on your skin can repel mosquitoes.
Orange Varieties: There are different varieties of oranges; sweet, bitter and sour. You need to know the variety you’re buying. The sweet variety is usually more fragrant and ideal for making fruit juices.
- Valencia orange is the most common variety in the USA, it is used for eating and juicing.
- Hamlin orange is seedless and pulpy; they are used mainly for juicing.
- Jaffa orange is slightly sweeter than Valencia. They areimported from Israel.
- Maltese, or blood oranges are sweet, deep red orange in color, they originate from Italy.
- Navel orange is sweet and seedless and is the second most common type in the USA.
- Seville orange is sour, they are used mostly for marmalades.
- Temple oranges are very sweet, juicy, and full of seeds, and are a cross between tangerines and oranges.
Orange Essential Oil: Orange essential oil is extracted from the orange rinds. It has a pleasantly sweet, citrus aroma that creates a calming effect.
Orange Essential Oil Uses: The orange oil is commonly used in baked goods, beauty products, aromatherapy and cleaning products.
Culinary Uses: Some orange, in small amounts, can be used as flavor additions in cooking. Similar to the way you would use vanilla or vanilla extract, a few drops of orange essential oil can be added to cake batter, chocolates or cookies.
Orange Essential Oil Benefits:
- OE oil is beneficial in cases of flatulence, constipation, and slow digestion.
- Orange oil antiseptic properties can help inhibit microbial growth and prevent infection in cuts or scrapes.
- Orange oil can help reduce stress because it has mild sedative property.
- Orange oil can help remove dull skin and replace it with fresh new skin.
Note: When eating orange, don’t remove the albedo (the white matter under the peel), because it contains the highest amount of valuable bioflavonoids and other anti-cancer agents.
Orange Essential Oil Side Effects:
- Orange essential oil can make your skin sensitive to sunlight; it is therefore advisable to dilute before applying to sensitive areas of the skin (face, neck, etc.).
- Sweet oranges and their juice are considered safe for consumption. However, bitter orange contains synephrine (or oxedrine), a stimulant drug, similar to ephedrine, that is extracted from the peel and used to encourage fat loss. Consumption should not be abused as synephrine may also increase blood pressure.