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Why you should not Throw your Orange peels in the Garbage anymore!

Next time you think about throwing away one of these peels, you may want to have this information handy. ↓Read below↓

Who doesn’t love a delicious and juicy orange as a snack? They are popular with athletes because they can be easily eaten for a burst of energy. I enjoy eating one or two oranges a day most of the year for that same energy-boosting effect.

Grated orange peel, also called orange zest, is added to foods for flavoring – What about a warm Orange Peel tea for beverage? –  and also offers many nutrients, cleaning properties and potential medical uses.

In fact, the peels have higher levels of nutrients than the fruit itself.

Medicinal Properties of Orange Peels

In my earlier article, I explored the beliefs behind the Indian Ayurveda Medicine. Today, we will discover how Orange peels – called tikta (bitter) – as well as banana peels are used in Ayurveda and how it can benefit your own health.

Orange peels are known to improve digestion and reduce sluggishness in the abdomen. It helps to speed up your metabolism to naturally beat gas, and reducing heartburn, vomiting problems and acidic eructation.

It works well in perking up appetite and reducing nausea.

Skin Care Properties of Orange Peels

The acid and the vitamin C contained in the orange peel help even out skin tone and firm the skin’s surface.

Beta-CaroteneBetaCarotene is an antioxidant in fruits and vegetables that helps to protect skin against the damaging effects of the sun.

It is a strongly colored pigment that imparts the yellow and orange fruits and vegetables their rich hues. Once ingested, it gets converted into vitamin A (retinol) which is beneficial for our immune system.

Vitamin A also acts as an antioxidant, it helps protect cells and from the damaging effects of harmful free radicals.

Beta Carotene is a derivation of the Latin name for carrot, as this compound was first derived from the carrot roots.

Vitamine C: Orange Peel is one of the greatest sources of vitamin C.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble vitamin. We can’t store it in the body, which means we need it from our diet every day. It makes vitamin C a vital supplement to help enhancing natural immunity.

Paula summarises below the key properties of Vitamine C for our body health:

  • Reduce the appearance of brown spots and other types of sun damage
  • Helps boost healthy collagen production (hello, firmer skin!)
  • Reduce inflammation and irritation, both of which cause a cascade of damage
  • Fade post-breakout red marks by improving skin’s natural healing response
  • Increase the effectiveness of your sunscreens and boosts your skins defense against UV exposure
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The peel of an orange has nearly twice as much vitamin C as the flesh inside.

Dietary fiber:  Orange peel is part of the 4 common food you should eat with the peel on.

It is naturally rich source of rough dietary fibers, also known as NSP (non-soluble polysaccharides). For example, 100 grams of orange peel contain about 25 grams of carbohydrates, 11 grams of dietary fiber, 1.5 grams of protein!

Orange peel has about four times more fiber in it than the actual orange fruit that we eat!


Calcium: The Anti-Ager.

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and in regards to skin, a deficiency can manifest itself in dryness, itching, premature wrinkling, and an increased tendency to develop skin cancers.

In addition, calcium works with your skin to generate sebum. When you do not have enough calcium in your skin, you can end up with dry skin due to lack of sebum.


Now, you know!  Orange peels have many health benefits to take into consideration. Both your skin and your immune system will benefit. However, it is important to mention that they are also very prone to accumulation of chemicals and pesticides which are rampantly used in horticulture nowadays.

For instance, on several occasions there are chemicals like rubbed or wax left on the surface of the oranges to make them look healthier and fresh. Buy them organic and 100% natural. Also, take the time to wash the peels nicely with fresh water.


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DIY Homemade Orange Peel Face Mask

Now that you know why orange peels are as much beneficial for your body as your skin, it’s time to get our hands dirty!

Living abroad, I have learn to become very versatile and flexible when it comes to treating my skin. Some products that I used to find easily when living in my home country were sometimes not available in my local markets. I slowly turned into skin care recipe that allows me to respect my budget and remove that frustration away of not getting that product I really need.

Surprisingly, orange peel powder is used in several skin care recipes to reduce acne, cleanse and open up clogged pores, protect skin from blackheads, control oiliness, or highlight the natural glow of our skin.

How to make an orange facial mask at home?

Get organic orange fruits and create your orange peel powder.

Missing a step? Yes. The most important one.

The freshly cut orange peels needs to be sun-dried! To do so,

Spread the peels on a tray and place them in areas which receive plenty of sunshine, like a balcony.

Let orange peels dry in the sun for a day or two. It is only after this phase that you will next move to crushing the peels into a powder using a blender.

You can store the powder in an air-tight container until you need to use it.

Prepare your Facial Mask ingredients.

You will need two ingredients. Yes, that’s all! And guess what? Both are available in your kitchen.

I named: Yogurt and Honey!

  • Why Yogurt? In the Ancient India, yogurt, when applied to skin, was used as an effective remedy to get rid of acne and pimples. It can also create a barrier that prevents new acne-causing bacteria from reaching the skin.
  • Why Honey? Honey is one of those amazing things that nature and bees provide. Honey has antimicrobial properties, antioxidants and at the same time, is beneficially sticky. Honey, especially raw or unpasteurized,  works as natural humectant and helps the skin keeps its natural moisture. 

The recipe.

  • 1 tablespoon of your newly made orange peels powder.
  • 1/2 cup of nature Greek yogurt.
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

PS: I personally prefer when the honey is warmed, it makes it easier to work with it. The texture is a bit more looser so it blends with the other two ingredients easier.

  • Mix it all together until you get a compact paste.
  • Simply spread a layer on your face and wait 15min.

PS: 15-20min wait is approximate and vary from skin to skin. When you feel that the mask dry off a little bit, it’s time to wash it all off!

  • Rinse it all off with tepid water and feel amazed. Your skin is now revitalized.
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Orange Peels | OrganicIsBeautiful

The Result.

The antioxidants in honey and the peels help make the skin look younger while the yogurt naturally is effective in curing acne by cleansing your pores.

(Note: Be careful for a few hours if you’re going out in the sun after this mask, as it will cause photosensitivity.)

Personally, it  made my face much much more soft, HIGHLY recommended, and it’s a superb way to use oranges … outside the box.

I hope you enjoyed this simple facial mask recipe. Try it out and let me know how you feel in the comment area.

Amanda 😉

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