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The Health Benefits of Orange Peels

Updated on April 2, 2016

Orange peels are the thick finely-textured and orange-coloured skin of oranges. Since ancient times, they have been valued for their curative properties.

Many of us normally throw out the peels when it comes to oranges—whether we’re making fresh orange juice, snacking on whole oranges or making a yummy citrus salsa. But this is one big mistake as many of the highly nutritious compounds of oranges are found in the peels!

In this article, we are going to take a look at more than 12 versatile benefits of orange peels.

Health Benefits

1. Anti-cholesterol

Almost all the anti-cholesterol compounds in oranges are found in the peels. These compounds help combat the LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol in our bodies that form clots and plaque culminating in clogged heart arteries.

Therefore, including orange peels in your diet can lower the total cholesterol levels in the body.

2. Averts Cancer

Apart from repelling free radicals that steal oxygen from healthy cells, the chemical compounds in orange peels also help inhibit the growth and division of cancerous cells.

3. Heartburn

Suffer from chronic heartburn? There’s a natural relief to get rid of severe heartburns: orange peels!

Research shows that an active chemical found in them helps relieve heartburn. When used over a period of 20 days, you can get extended relief.

4. Digestive Problems

Orange peels contain a lot of dietary fiber. 100 grams contain at least 10.6 grams of it.

Fiber is useful for preventing irritable bowel syndrome including constipation and bloating. You can prepare a relaxing tea with orange peel extract to soothe your digestive system.

Orange peels contain high doses of Vitamin C which is known to ward off the common cold.
Orange peels contain high doses of Vitamin C which is known to ward off the common cold.

5. Respiratory Conditions

Orange peels are bursting with vitamin C that is a great immune booster.

The anti-oxidants in oranges, especially vitamin C, may help avert numerous respiratory problems such as bronchitis, colds, flu, asthma, and lung cancer.

6. Indigestion

Long ago, people treasured orange peels for their natural healing properties. The ingredients extracted they extracted were used as medicine to cure various digestive disorders including indigestion.

The rich dietary fiber helps regulate bowel movement, thereby soothing the digestive system.

Other Uses and Benefits of Orange Peels

Besides the valuable health benefits, there are also various other benefits of orange peels—from creating an orange-scented perfume to making compost.

Here are some of the creative benefits that you may find useful.

7. Air Freshener

Using orange peels as a room air freshener is an excellent way to keep your home smelling delightfully citrusy.

All you need to do is to gather some aromatic ingredients of your choice like sandalwood or cinnamon and make a potpourri. The best part is that it is 100% natural, eco-friendly and super cheap!

Rub orange peel on your teeth for natural cost-free teeth whitening.
Rub orange peel on your teeth for natural cost-free teeth whitening.

8. Teeth Whitening

A very cheap and natural way to whiten yellow stained teeth is by using orange peels. You can either make it into a paste and apply on teeth or simply rub the inside of an orange peel over your teeth.

Many people may doubt this and even think it may bring out sensitive teeth. Actually, it’s quite the opposite! It actually helps prevent sensitive teeth!

9. Cleaning Agent

You can use the fresh inside of an orange peel to vigorously scrub the inside of a dirty sink. Orange oils act as a natural cleaning agent for getting rid of dirty surfaces.

10. Compost

Orange peels are great composting material as they’re rich in nitrogen that helps in formation of leaves in plants. Besides that, they are filled with nutrients that will enrich the humus in your garden.

Don’t overdo it, though. High levels of nitrogen in the soil can actually have a reverse effect on leaves that can lead to them shrinking.

11. Skin Whitening

The vitamin C in oranges is very beneficial as a natural skin bleacher. Orange peel extract when applied to skin can lighten and cover up dark blemishes and spots.

Orange peels are safe to use on skin. Just be sure to rub it lightly on your skin and also use diluted pastes to prevent burns. Besides skin whitening, orange peel extract also helps tone the skin, naturally cleanse pores and shield the skin from harmful UV rays.

Orange zest is often used in desserts to give a strong citrusy flavour.
Orange zest is often used in desserts to give a strong citrusy flavour.

12. Cuisine

When oranges were first cultivated, their peels were greatly treasured. They were popularly used as flavouring agents to garnish and add a tangy taste to foods.

Even today, you can exploit the nutritional benefits of orange peels through countless ways, including making a dish or zest using shredded orange peels.

13. Getting Rid of Bugs

Did you know that oranges contain natural acids that keep away mosquitoes, flies and other insects? Probably not.

But now you can make your own orange peel extract spritzer and spray away over ant paths and other areas where insects like to gather.


Please ensure you purchase pesticide-free, organically grown oranges if you’re planning to consume orange peels.

Many oranges today are grown chemically using pesticides or insecticides to thwart insects and other pests. These chemicals penetrate deep into the peels and are NOT good for you.

Now you have a reason to save orange peels and recycle!

Health Benefits of Oranges, Photo by healthmunsta, Image Courtesy of
Health Benefits of Oranges, Photo by healthmunsta, Image Courtesy of


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    • sellmyhousedenver profile image


      15 months ago from Denver, CO

      Always wondered if the orange peel was worthwhile.

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      19 months ago

      Anything in excess is bad. So, eat in moderation.

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      2 years ago

      there are also some health risk with oranges if you consume too much like heartburn, stones etc. and because they are potassium rich, blood pressure can increase du to that. I am not sure but reading these side effects on

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      2 years ago

      My mother and grandmother use orange peel a lot they always hang the peel to dry and make tea with it

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      Venkatachari M 

      2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great article highlighting the health benefits of orange peels. I like it. I prefer eating the peel, a small piece at times, which is very good for health.

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      3 years ago

      22 Home Remedies for Acne & Pesky Pimples

      Your skin is your friend. You like your skin. Your skin likes you. It protects you from the elements and literally keeps you together. You in turn do your best to protect it from any kind of damage. Then, one day, acne rears its ugly head, and you suddenly hate your skin. What do you do then? Turn to harsh chemicals, and expensive scrubs? That’s a fine way to thank a friend who’s been there for you since day one. Your epidermis isn’t at fault here-it can’t help that your hormones are causing all that extra sebum to clog up your pores, or the fact that bacteria is running rampant. If your skin could talk it would say something along the lines of “patience, grasshopper. Treat me right and I shall repay you in kind.”

      That’s just a guess, anyways. The point is, natural acne remedies are a good way to get rid of it, or at least hold it at bay. They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it. Chances are, your skin will repay you in kind for not simply ravaging it with strange chemicals-and your wallet will probably thank you too.

      1. Apply some apple cider vinegar

      Apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to acting as an acne remedy. Why? It kills off the bacteria that may be causing all the trouble in the first place. It also becomes alkaline, and balances the pH of your skin, which in turn makes it harder for bacteria to thrive. To top it off it’s an astringent, like lemon juice, and will help dry up excess oil. Keeping that in mind, don’t overdo and dry out your skin too much. This could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.

      You will need…

      -Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar

      -Fresh water


      Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterwards as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.

      2. Make a cinnamon and honey mask

      Honey is sticky, and cinnamon is spicy, and it seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it can help stop bacteria from getting out of hand. If it does, the honey is a natural anti-biotic, ready and waiting to wipe the little buggers out.

      You will need…

      -2 tablespoons of honey

      -1 teaspoon of cinnamon

      - paper towels


      Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly blended and have formed a sort of paste. Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry. This is a sticky mixture, so make sure you have some paper towels at on hand.

      3. The land of milk and honey (or yogurt)

      While there is quite a bit of hub bub around dairy products causing acne, applied topically it seems that milk can improve your outbreaks and skin tone. The reason it is suggested that milk would cause acne is because of the extra hormones in it-but unless it’s ingested, this doesn’t really do much. For the most part, it just soothes the irritated skin, and helps tone down the redness. Cleopatra swore on the milk baths she took, and well, she was Cleopatra. You could also use yogurt. The acids in it are antibacterial while the fat provides moisture, making it quite nourishing for skin.

      You will need…

      - 1 tablespoon plain low-fat or full-fat yogurt or milk, anything but skim

      - 1 tablespoon of natural, raw, honey


      Let yogurt or milk come to room temperature (or close to) so you don’t get a chilly shock when you put it on your skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of honey. You can apply the mixture with a cotton pad, but scooping it up and patting it on works just fine as well. Let each layer dry before adding a new one, until the mask is the thickness you want. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash your mask off and use a washcloth to gently scrub in a circular motion, getting rid of loosened dead skin. Once you’re finished, moisturize as usual.

      To know more go to this link

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      Shelley Heath 

      3 years ago from Birmingham

      Excellent hub! Thanks for sharing... voted up :)

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      3 years ago

      Teeth whitening? I will definitely be eating entire oranges soon then, aha!

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      Laura Mancuso 

      3 years ago

      Great tips for using orange peels. Thanks so very much for sharing.

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      Daddy Paul 

      3 years ago from Michigan

      Good read

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      Kristen Howe 

      3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub with some useful information on using fruit peels. They shouldn't be thrown away and discarded until later. Voted up!

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      Judie McMath 

      3 years ago from Los Alamos, New Mexico

      Very informative. However, since the government has just changed their stance and they now say that cutting back on cholesterol and saturated fat is not necessary and won't make you live longer, you might want to update point number one.

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      3 years ago

      This is great!

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      3 years ago

      in my place powdered orange and lemon peels are added in doughnuts. Dried peels are burned in the evenings to get rid of mosquitoes.

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      4 years ago

      If more people in this world would eat more live real fruits veg s and yes all these natural remedies are True I No Because I and many friends I have only Do and take what is all natural Very Healthy Don't knock it Down You All should Try .The problem with Docters is they have no time for research on all these natural herbs and herb bye the way means medical We love Docters But the research on natural herbs have been proven to cure Why because these are live foods for our cells that our body does not get from foods today We all no the Cure for cancer and so Do they It is so sad to watch people die with cancer When the cure in right in your kitchen poultry season the stuff in put in your stuffing Yes that is no rumor And my Dad was cured yes cured

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      4 years ago

      these blogs are always "feel good" news, panacea but they NEVER cite scientific sources ... that's always the weakness ... it's just "hearsay", "rumors", "probably", "grand ma' superstitions, etc.

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      4 years ago


      this is interesting

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      mavis from now on am going to save 

      4 years ago

      Mavis going to try out thanks for sharing

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      4 years ago

      Thank you, this is most helpfull

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      5 years ago


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      5 years ago

      how to peel mechanism can whiten teeth? and what is most responsible for the content of the orange peel?

    • healthmunsta profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks for commenting!

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      5 years ago

      very nice

    • healthmunsta profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hello, peachpurple! Indeed the whole orange is useful for home remedies, except the seeds. Thank you for your kind comment!

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      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i love this hub. Lots of orange peel benefits that i didn't know. I would love to try out brushing my teeth with the orange peel. I usually use orange peel for my cakes and cookies. Now, the whole orange are useful except for the seeds. Voted up

    • healthmunsta profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hello Jasmeetk, very nice to see you here. I saw you on the list of Top 100 hubbers of 2013 by Alocsin and passed by your profile yesterday. Thank you for your comment, too.

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      5 years ago

      Greetings, younghopes! Thank you very much for sharing, I appreciate it, my friend.

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      Jasmeet Kaur 

      5 years ago from India

      I had heard about lots of benefits of lemon, but I wonder orange peel have a long list of benefits. Thanks for sharing

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      Shadaan Alam 

      5 years ago from India

      Indeed yet another interesting hub of yours, voted up, i never knew that so many benefits lies in orange peels, surely i would not waste them from now onwards. Shared this post


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