How to exploit the healthy herbal properties of the sweet orange tree, Citrus sinensis and bitter orange, Citrus aurantium? How to prepare infusions and herbal teas with orange peels, flowers and leaves? What do they cure and what are the contraindications?
L’orange it is a fruit with remarkable properties for our health and in addition to being a juicy fruit to be consumed fresh, squeezed, in the form of jam or syrup, it is an excellent basic ingredient for infusions and herbal teas effective for the treatment and prevention of many ailments, especially those that afflict us during the winter months.
Phytotherapeutic properties of orange
There pulp citrus fruits, as everyone knows, are sources of vitamin C, anti-inflammatory substances, antioxidant substances all useful in preventing colds and coughs but few know the beneficial medicinal properties of flowers, leaves and especially the peel.
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All ‘sweet orange, Citrus sinensis, the most cultivated citrus fruit in the world and other varieties such asbitter orange o Citrus aurantium are in fact recognized powerful phytotherapeutic properties useful for:
- purify the body;
- prevent aging;
- combat states of anxiety, nervousness, palpitations, insomnia, gastric acidity;
- stimulate liver function;
- prevent stomach cancer;
- improve circulation;
- fight free radicals;
- stimulate the appetite in people suffering from anorexia, in children and in the debilitated elderly.
All parts of the plant, flowers, leaves is peels both sweet and bitter orange consumed in the form of herbal teas or infusions have a sedative, antispasmodic and tonic – digestive action.
For further information: properties of the orange.
How to prepare orange infusions and herbal teas
Let’s see how to make infusions and herbal teas using the different parts of this citrus fruit grown all over the world.
Infusion of orange blossom
This infusion is excellent for calming anxiety, nervousness and palpitations.
Ingredients and preparation
- 1, 5 grams of orange blossom
- 500 ml of water
Bring the water to a boil, add the orange blossoms and leave to infuse for about ten minutes, then filter and consume the herbal tea between meals.
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Infusion of orange leaves
This infusion that exploits the stomachic properties of orange leaves is excellent as for slow digestion, beautiful cases of gastric hyperacidity and effective in stimulating the appetite even in case of serious eating disorders such as anorexia.
Ingredients and preparation ofInfusion of orange leaves
- 3 – 4 orange leaves
- 250 ml of water
- honey optional
Wash the orange leaves; chop or coarsely grind them.
Put the leaves in a cup.
Bring the water to a boil and pour it over the leaves. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. After the indicated time, filter, sweeten to taste and drink. You can take 3 cups a day.
Infusion of bitter orange peel
The infusion prepared with the rough peel of the oranges of the bitter orange promotes digestion, liver function; it cleanses the body, reduces cholesterol and it seems certain that its action can prevent stomach cancer.
Ingredients and preparation
- 1 teaspoon and a half of grated zest of an orange
- 200 ml of water
- 2 teaspoons of honey
Wash and brush the orange peel and dry it. Grate the zest and put it in a saucepan with water and boil for ten minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to infuse for another five minutes. Pour the infusion into a cup and sip slowly.
2 cups a day are enough: morning and evening.
Contraindications of orange
The abuse of oranges is not recommended due to its high content of citric acid, especially for those with gastritis, cystitis, diarrhea problems.
L’intake of herbal teas and infusions preparations with this plant is contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation.
It is important not to take too much because there may also be side effects on the heart.
People with heart disease, diabetes, obese or hypertension should seek medical advice.
Curiosities and things to know about orange
Orange is the most cultivated citrus fruit in the world and is also used for decorative purposes in many city streets.
Oranges in the kitchen
The procedure is similar to that of limoncello or mandarinetto: