ORANGE



Daily use of orange juice prevents common cold, influenza and bleeding gums. It keeps the person strong and healthy and contributes towards longevity. This juice can be taken by people of all ages and can be recommended in all kinds of diseases.

Botanical Name: Citrus aurantium

Family Name: Rutaceae

Description:

This fruit is a beautiful gift of nature. It is one of the popular fruits of citrus family. It is very delicious and nourishing fruit.

Distribution:

It is a native of China. It is extensively cultivated all over the world.

Parts Used:

Fruit

Properties:

Anti-scorbutic, nutritive, cardio-tonic, anti-pyorrhea and dental caries, carminative etc.

Forms of Use:

Juice



Nutritional value:



Starch of this fruit is predigested food which changes into readily assimilable sugar by sun rays. That’s why it is readily absorbed in the blood. It produces heat and energy in the body immediately after its use.

Analysis of 100 gm of edible part of fruit gives the following composition:

Moisture: 87.6%

Protein: 0.7%

Fat: 0.2%

Minerals: 0.3%

Fiber: 0.3%

Carbohydrates: 11%

Calcium: 26 mg

Phosphorus: 20 mg

Iron: 0.3 mg

Vitamin C: 30 mg

Caloric value: 60

Few vitamins of B-complex group are also present.





MEDICINAL USES:



1. FEVER-

This is an excellent fruit in all types of fever when the digestive power of the body is seriously disturbed. Juice is the most ideal liquid food in fevers like typhoid, TB and measles. It gives energy. It increases urinary output and promotes body resistance against infections, thereby helping to recover fast.

2. DYSPEPSIA-

It is a good food remedy in chronic dyspepsia. It gives rest to the digestive organ and supplies nutrition in the most easily assimilable form. It also stimulates the flow of the digestive juices thereby improving digestion and increasing appetite. It creates favorable conditions for the development of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

3. CONSTIPATION-

Eating one or two oranges at bed time and again on getting up in the morning is an excellent way of stimulating the bowel action thus removing food residue from the colon which may cause putrefaction and intoxication.

4. BONE and TEETH-

Being a good source of calcium and vitamin C, this fruit works well in the diseases of the bone and teeth. Many patients of pyorrhea and dental caries have been cured by taking large amounts of orange juice.

5. AILMENTS of CHILDREN-

This fruit juice is considered to be the best food for the infants if 15- 120 ml of it is given daily to them. It prevents scurvy and rickets and helps growth. It is good for babies whose normal development is retarded for some cause.

6. HEART DISEASE-

Juice of this fruit sweeten with honey, is highly useful in heart diseases. In cardiac conditions like coronary ischemia and infarction, its juice is recommended.

7. As EXPECTORANT-

The juice of orange mixed with a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of honey is effective remedy for TB, asthma, common cold, bronchitis and another condition of cough associated with difficult expectoration. It eases expectoration and protects from secondary infections.

8. ACNE-

The orange peel is valuable in the treatment of pimples and acne. The paste of peel mixed with water should be applied on the acne affected area of face.




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