Dried Orange Peel (陈皮), also known as Chen Pi, is a sweet and tasty herb highly praised across the East.
Orange Peel is considered aromatic with its therapeutic nature, warm temperature with a spicy and slightly bitter in taste.
Being a versatile herb for a variety of uses, here are 10 brilliant ways to use Chen Pi in your everyday routine...
What is Dried Orange Peel?
Orange fruit has always been a fantastic source of Vitamin C, which is good for health and skin care as well.
However, many people are unaware of the orange's hidden gems, as most of the benefits of orange are in its skin itself.
When dried, this ensures that the orange peel is preserved to last longer!
Our rule of thumb to spot a brilliant piece of Chen Pi is - the more aged the peel, the more potent its therapeutic energy.
What are the health benefits of Dried Orange Peel?
Being a well-known herb across Chinese medicine, this ingredient has been used traditionally to help:
- Mental health disorders
- Calming the nervous system
- Improving sleep quality
- Soothe the stomach and spleen
- Stagnation, nausea, vomiting, mucus, diarrhoea, bloating
- Phlegm accumulation
- Low appetite
- Wheezing, whooping cough and a tight chest
As promised, here are our top 10 uses of Dried Orange Peel to introduce into your daily routine...
1) Face Scrub
Being considered a blessing for skin care, Chen Pi makes for an effective face scrub.
It may help to cure blackheads, dead skin cells, acne, blemishes, dark circles and help to brighten your face.
2) Fake Tan Removal
Ladies, we all know what a pain this can be, so a little natural aid would be music to your ears, right?
Use this as part of your night-time routine and you'll be surprised how effective this can be!
3) Helps Remove Dandruff
Simply combine Chen Pi with water and leave this mixture overnight.
Once the ingredients have settled, apply this to your hair in the morning. The properties of orange peel allow your hair to be naturally conditioned and cleansed.
4) Hangover Cure
Don't automatically plan your junk food binge to combat your hangover.
Simply mixing Dried Orange Peel and salt in boiling water for 20 minutes, then allowing it to cool creates the perfect hangover remedy to help you get back on your feet.
5) Effective Against Mosquito Bites
Mosquitoes are a nightmare, especially when they successfully leave an itchy rash on your arm.
Rubbing Chen Pi over a mosquito bite is a great way to suppress the effects of the bite, whilst promoting the body's healing process.
6) Great as a Snack
If you're looking for a healthy alternative to your usual snacks which are high in refined sugars, Dried Orange Peel can make for a tasty meal.
Just a handful of this herb is the perfect portion to keep your energy levels maintained throughout the day!
7) Herbal Tea
Many Vita Herbal Nutrition customers love to infuse this as part of a delicious herbal tea.
Steep a small handful of Dried Orange Peel in a cup for 5 minutes to enjoy the sweet essence of Chen Pi!
8) Cocktail Garnish
We recently released a blog on how to make a vibrant Papaya & Blood Orange Margarita.
Using Chen Pi as a both a cocktail base and garnish is a wonderful way to kickstart a party in style.
Considered the ‘Marmite’ of breakfasts by some, porridge is usually brandished as a ‘Plain Jane’ dish, but using Dried Orange Peel can transform something bland into a vibrant and colourful breakfast bowl.
C'mon, who doesn't love a piece of cake? A Chinese Chocolate Cinnamon & Orange Cake is a phenomenal dessert option for those sweet-tooth lovers. This is the icing on the cake (pun intended) to round off our great uses for Chen Pi.
Where can I buy Dried Orange Peel?
You can get hold of Dried Orange Peel in the following quantities:
Dried Orange Peel 陈皮 (Chen Pi) | (500g)
Dried Orange Peel 陈皮 (Chen Pi) | (100g)
Now that you've got some scrumptious ideas of how to use this versatile herb, we're excited to see you impress your friends and family with your Chen Pi skills!
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