The Lung Cleansing Benefits of Orange Peel

Orange Peel

Although orange peels are a common addition to the compost pile, next time you’re about to toss them, don’t. They’re packed with beneficial compounds and nutrients that can do your body some extra good, especially if you’re suffering from respiratory distress. When toxins or allergens in the air we breathe irritate delicate lung tissue, they can become irritated. Orange peel assists the lungs in cleansing themselves with its redness and histamine reducing properties and actions.

Why is Orange Peel Beneficial?

Like most fruits, oranges are full of nutrients and enzymes that help our bodies perform better. Orange peels are rich in flavonones, powerful antioxidants that help reduce oxidative damage and fight free radicals. Orange peel is also loaded with natural histamine suppressing compounds. If you have allergies or are close to someone who does, you understand how the sleepiness associated with some antihistamines can be just as disruptive as the histamine reaction itself.

Orange peel may provide an alternative. Perhaps one of the most amazing and beneficial qualities of orange peel is its histamine and irritation reducing action, which adds to its already long list of reasons for being highly effective as a lung cleansing herb.

Orange Peel Uses

Although the high concentration of histamine reducing compounds in orange rind are effective at providing support for problematic respiratory indications, its benefits extend further. Orange peel provides effective support against respiratory distress. It has a lung cleansing effect by breaking down and helping expel congestion.

Eating orange peels also provides tremendous benefit. It’s not just the fruit that’s loaded with vitamin C, the rind is too, as well as vitamin A, enzymes, fiber, and pectin. Vitamin C is a fantastic immune system booster that can help fight the symptoms of cold and flu. The taste is somewhat bitter when eaten by itself but many people get used to it, or simply add it to other recipes. In pureed form, orange peel is easy to add to a smoothie or as an extra ingredient in fruit and nut bars. Mixing it with other ingredients can make the taste more palatable.

Dehydrated orange peel powder can even be added to a bath for an aroma therapeutic effect to cleanse the lungs of congestion or other respiratory irritation.

Organic Orange Peel is Best

As a general rule of thumb, it’s always best to opt for organically grown fruits and vegetables; this is especially true for oranges. The amount and effect of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals used in some commercial growing operations cannot be overstated enough. Simply put, the stuff is poison. The hearty and thick consistency of orange peel, unfortunately, makes it prone to accumulation of toxins. Only organic orange peel should ever be consumed and should still be washed before consuming.

Other herbs that provide beneficial lung cleansing are: osha root, eucalyptus leaf, peppermint leaf, lungwort leaf, oregano leaf, plantain leaf, lobelia flower, and chapparal.

- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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  • Hadasha

    I agree with this article. Here is an easy way to eat the skin (this is what we do). Cut the orange into thin strips and eat the orange flesh and skin together. It tastes great. Hope that helps. Don’t heat or cook. Eat raw where possible :)

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  • daryle

    I have moderate copd would orange peel help me a little

  • Christopher Burton

    Agree with Hadasha below. A little organic orange skin eaten with the juicy segments tastes great and gives the stated health benefits. My Nana turned 100 this year, and attributes that in part to her daily morning routine of eating a couple of oranges. I don’t think she ever ate the skin (definitely doesn’t buy organic) but then again she eats plenty of pith. Just my two yen’s worth of advice.

  • ghc_health

    Great feedback, thanks for sharing.

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  • Channon Doughty

    I see a lot of discussion about allergies and orange peel. Can you tell me more about the limitations of this system and it’s ability to cleanse the lungs of heavy minerals or metals? (mine are full of corundum dust)

  • http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/ Global Healing Center

    Haven’t found any literature about its effects for cleansing corundum dust. Do any other readers have first hand experience for this or similar use?

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