We all know that in the West oranges are recognized for their high vitamin C content and antioxidant properties. Orange trees are believed to be native to China.
So here are 5 truths about oranges and orange peels from the East:
- Tangerines and oranges are auspicious symbols during the Chinese New Year celebrations as the sound of the words for “luck” and “wealth” are very similar to the word for “orange.”
- Orange trees can produce flowers and fruit simultaneously. They have become a universal symbol of fertility.
- In China, bitter orange peel is associated with Building and Moving Qi. It is often recommended in formulas post-surgery to help promote healing and regulate blood pressure. It has also been used as a snuff to prevent allergies.
- Many cosmetics use Mandarin orange peel in cut or powder form because it helps moisten and eliminate oils from the skin. It is famous for its anti-aging properties.
- As Mandarin orange peel (chen pi) ages, it grows darker in color and becomes more expensive with a sharp, sweet scent and a slightly bitter flavor. The older the herb becomes the more valuable it is as a medicine. An ounce of high-quality, aged chen pi is worth more than an ounce of gold.
Find out more about the healing properties of oranges and orange peel.