The Lung Cleansing Benefits of Orange Peel

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on

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.

†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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?

  • Jhon Frilou Alob Aguilar

    Where did it published?

  • ange91

    Yes, Organic is a must then!!

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  • Leila

    I use organic dried orange peel in tea

  • Dot

    I make orange citron. What a wonderful candy treat that is mostly healthy (except for the sugar). I cut the rind in 8ths or smaller, rinse and put in a pot of water covering the peels. Bring to a boil, dump water and drain, bring to a boil a 2nd time and dump and drain again. Then, add more water to cover and bring to a boil and add a cup or more of sugar and simmer until the peels start to show signs of translucency and the syrup is getting thicker. Take out the peels and set on a wrack and dust with more sugar and allow to cool. Dip one end in melted dark chocolate–Nice!

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  • machelle darvanian

    I bought Organic Powdered Orange Peel for my husband who had severe COPD, can u tell me how to use this for him and how much?

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  • Lyday Odeyemi

    Nice one tanx for these

  • Band from Glad

    I actually cut 1/2 an orange into pieces including the peel, 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup yogurt, and some milk plus 1 tbsp of your favorite fibre ( flax,bran,chia,) and it make a delish smoothie and keeps the old bowels functioning.

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  • truepurple

    I find for what ever reason, eating orange peels (with the orange of course) help with my hunger. Maybe because it fills nutritional needs which can help with hunger. And/Or because it’s bitter taste probably helps reduce hunger. I’ve also heard that bitter causes the body to produce bile which has some benefit.

  • Taralina Gae’e-Atefi

    Wonderful information. Thank u…Could you direct me to any publications and research studies that have supported these ideas.

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