As oranges are loaded with vitamin C, it can be used for a persistent cough. Let’s find out how.
Let us first take a look at the anatomy of an orange according to Geochembio:
Albedo – is the white spongy thread-like vascular bundles that you always throw away. Little did you know that it contains protective phenolic, a substance contributing to its bitter taste. Also, it is loaded with bioflavonoids, including quercetin, diosmetin, diosmin, rutin, hesperidin, etc. Moreover, it is rich in vitamin C, fiber, and pectin, which according to studies, can help in lowering cholesterol levels.
Pulp Or Vesicles – is the juicy part that we consume and is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. Taking 1 orange a day can nearly provide your body with the recommended daily dietary intake of vitamin C.
Flavedo – also known as “zest”, is the outermost and colored part of the orange skin. It is sometimes grated and used for its tangy flavor in baking and cooking.
How Will You Benefit From Steaming An Orange?
With excessive heat, vitamin C can be destroyed. So, why would you steam an orange? The reason is that of albedo, the surprisingly nutritious part of an orange which is mostly forgotten and thrown away.
Along with salt, steaming an orange will extract out the bioflavonoids from albedo, which now instead of being thrown away, we gulp them down readily.
Steamed Orange With Salt Cough Remedy
Soak the orange in salt water for 20 minutes. Then, slice the top of the orange, about 2 cm from the top, to resemble a cover or cap. Poke a fork through, to make multiple holes in the top of the orange. Sprinkle about ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt over and allow it to dissolve and seep into the orange. Use the top of the orange to cover it and place it in an empty bowl. Put the orange in a steamer for at least 15-20 minutes, serve warm, drink the juice, and eat the pulp.
Consult your doctor if your cough still persists.