Orange is an evergreen tree with bright orange juicy sweet and sour fruits. These fruits contain a huge amount of vitamins and minerals. People who drink orange juice or eat multiple fruits every day are less likely to get colds and flu.
The homeland of the orange is China. This is evidenced by the name of the fruit. The word "orange" came to the Russian language from German, and in translation it means "Chinese apple". In the "Celestial Empire", bright fruits began to be grown more than 4000 years ago. Scientists suggest that the orange was obtained by crossing a mandarin and a pamelo.
There is a belief in China that this fruit brings happiness. Traditionally, on New Year's Eve, the Chinese give each other orange trees, thereby wishing wealth, prosperity, success, and a happy life. It is also believed that orange fragrant fruits must be eaten on the second day of the new year. Therefore, festive tables in China are simply bursting with these fruits.
Many centuries ago, the southern provinces of China were levied with the orange tribute. Every year, peasants planted fruit trees with fruits in small tubs and sent them to Beijing. During the journey, the oranges ripened and fell on the imperial table, unusually fragrant and tasty. Since then, the orange tree has been considered a very auspicious symbol in the teachings of Feng Shui. It promises to bring great luck to its owner.
In the Middle Ages, oranges were widely used in medicine. The peel, pulp and juice were used in the treatment of kidney diseases, acute intestinal diseases, colds, and scurvy. Orange peel infusions were prescribed for fever.
Modern doctors recommend eating these citrus fruits to strengthen the nervous system and stimulate the brain. It has been proven that oranges help to strengthen bone tissue, immunity, purify blood, remove toxins from the body, and increase resistance to infections. Orange fruits are excellent antidepressants.
We found oranges a place of honor in cosmetology. Since ancient times, in China and other countries of the East, orange oil has been used to treat acne and inflammation, to restore aging skin, and to get rid of dandruff from hair. In order to preserve the youthfulness of the skin for a long time and prevent the appearance of wrinkles, it is recommended to make a nourishing mask 2 times a week: mix fresh juice of one orange with a tablespoon of cottage cheese and olive oil. Apply the resulting mixture to the skin and rinse with warm water after 20 minutes.
Another recipe that has come down to us since ancient times is a decoction of orange peels against bleeding. An unripe orange must be cut into small pieces and covered with two glasses of boiling water. Then put on low heat and cook for half an hour. The resulting product should be taken 3-4 times a day for 1/3 cup. Such a decoction helps to reduce profuse discharge during menstruation, as well as with gynecological bleeding.
Today, oranges are considered one of the most popular fruits. They are among the three most delicious and healthy fruits in the world.