Sunday, February 09, 2014

Multiple benefits of Orange pulp and peel

How to use a Fruit to the best possible Maximum

Orange is one fruit I always keep stocked in my kitchen. I have learned to use it in many ways and all of them are highly beneficial. Some small facts about orange:

Nutritional value
Orange, raw, Florida
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
192 kJ (46 kcal)
11.54 g
9.14 g
2.4 g
0.21 g
0.70 g
0.100 mg (9%)
0.040 mg (3%)
0.400 mg (3%)
0.250 mg (5%)
0.051 mg (4%)
Folate (vit. B9)
17 μg (4%)
45 mg (54%)
43 mg (4%)
0.09 mg (1%)
10 mg (3%)
12 mg (2%)
169 mg (4%)
0.08 mg (1%)
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database

I will skip the part about how orange is good as a fruit and how its good for juice and how the peel can be dried and powdered for masks as these are common uses.
Orange juice pulp extract

For Bath: My husband hates pulp in orange juice so I always remove it. I used to throw it away and used to feel bad about it. Now I keep in fridge after extracting juice for my breakfast and as part of my evening bath ritual, I add it to the hot water for continuous boiling. I strain the water and use it for bathing and believe me, it is an instant freshener. 

Face pack:Another use for the pulp is to mix it with a variety of ingredients like milk, curd, multani mitti, rose water, cucumber etc to make a good face pack.

For Eyes: I keep the cooled pulp on my eyes for around 10-15 mins before I sleep and that has helped in keeping the sensitive eye area fresh and fair. If you want to avoid the risk of orange water going inside your eyes, you can also mix a bit of pulp in rose water and dip a cotton ball, squeeze it and leave it over the eyes.

For manicure and pedicure: Mix you scrub with the pulp and leave it as a hand/foot pack for that feel of tangy freshness. 

Orange peel

I know what you must be thinking, “No way, I cannot trouble to dry and powder and then use the peel, its too much bother”. I feel the same so I don’t bother about drying it and I have found that this is useful even without the drying part.
For face: As a cleanser, you can use the outer skin after squeezing it lightly. The bitter smelling water from its skin is wonderfully refreshing for your skin even though it may feel slightly abrasive. Rub the outer skin over your dry face till the face becomes wet with the squeezed out water and then use the softer inner part to massage this into your face lightly and leave it. After 15-20mins lightly splash it and you can feel the softness.

For bath: You can boil the peel in water and use it immediately or you can make a stronger solution by continuously boiling the peel in water to extract the skin oils. The solution can be made by boiling the peel over and again on medium flame for atleast 4-5 hours and straining the liquid. This can be used as a bath mix, facial mix or even a normal facial cleanser.

For hand and feet: As part of your hand/feet pack, mash this in a mixer grinder and add some rose water.

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