Orange peel tea has long been noted for its positive effects on the immune system and nervous system. Orange peel tea is also known to impart anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
The orange peel is a leathery-textured exocarp, or skin, that has lots of oil glands. Orange peel and the peels of other fruits in the citrus family such as lemon, lime and citron have been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.
The peel is the accumulation point of many essential and beneficial components of the fruit and they can be found in the main sections of the peel namely the flavedo, the albedo and the oil sacs. Research has pointed out that there are substantially more enzymes, antioxidant flavonoids, and phyto-nutrients in the orange peel than in the fruit itself.
Orange peel is likewise used for culinary purposes. These are typically added to soups and stews. Grated orange peel may also be added to cookies, cakes, pastries and breads to impart a zesty flavor.
The active constituents of the orange peel are the following: vitamin C, vitamin B1, choline, folic acid, antioxidant flavonoids (i.e. hesperidin, rutoside, sinensetin, nobiletin, tangeretin), d-limonene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and aldehydes.
An infusion of orange peel tea can be made by placing one teaspoonful of the coarsely cut peel in a pot of 150 ml newly-boiled water. Let the mix stand for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Below are some common health benefits attributed to this tea:
- May help fight bacteria and viruses.
- May possess promising prospects in preventing and fighting tumors and cancer.
- May help fight coughs, asthma, colds and other ailments that involve accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory passages.
- May help boost appetite.
- May help promote proper digestion, as well as relieve gas, bloating and nausea.
- May help stimulate blood circulation and the flow in the lymphatic system.
- May help combat stress, nervous tension and insomnia.
* Pregnant women should avoid taking orange peel as some reports have shown that children may develop intestinal colic. Taking large doses may also cause photo-toxicity in some people due to the presence of furanocoumarin in orange peel.