Grapefruit peel tea is quite known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. The peel is known for packing large amounts of antioxidants that may help strengthen the body’s resistance to damaging foreign organisms.
The grapefruit refers to the tangy and sour tasting fruit of the subtropical citrus tree citrus x paradisi. The fruit is sphere-shaped and has an orange-yellow colored peel. It typically measures about 12 to 15 centimeters in diameter. Its flesh is highly tart and acidic and separated in segments within the fruit. The color of the grapefruit flesh range from pink to red to white, depending on the cultivar.
The grapefruit tree is an evergreen and usually grows up to 20 feet tall. It has thin dark green leaves and produces white flowers.
The grapefruit peel, particularly the white portion under the rind, is said to be very high in antioxidant bioflavonoids that may help strengthen the immune system. It is also said to be rich in pectin and fiber, which are substances that help lower the bad cholesterol levels in the body.
The grapefruit peel can be used in a variety of ways. It can be boiled and taken as tea, and may also be used to flavor drinks, candies, pastries and other sweets. It may also be used as a body scrub. As an extract or essential oil, grapefruit peel becomes useful as an air freshener.
Grapefruit peel tea can be made by mincing the rind of the fruit and placing it in about 8 cups of boiling water. Let it stand for about 2 minutes, take it out of the over and let is stand for a further 15 minutes. The taste of the grapefruit peel tea is quite bitter so it is permissible to add some honey to sweeten the taste.
The following are some health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help remove toxins from the body.
- May help break up mucus, clear the respiratory tract, and may help fight against certain respiratory ailments like pneumonia.
- May help fight allergies.
- May help lower bad cholesterol levels in the body.
- May help calm the nerves.
- May help in the treatment of certain digestive and bladder problems.