Oranges are most well known for their high vitamin C content, an important nutrient that may help reduce the common cold. The aroma of the fruit has also shown to reduce anxiety and improve cognitive function.
The color orange was named after the fruit itself. The earliest known use of the name orange as a color was back in 1512 by King Henry the VIII.
A few dozen studies were found on potential therapeutic actions of oranges. Two human studies showed reduced anxiety and one showed improved cognition with its aroma. Eating oranges showed in one large human study to help reduce the common cold, and another human study suggested it may help reduce asthma in children. Another human study showed topical application may act as a bug repellent. In vitro and in vivo studies demonstrate its insecticidal, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant, anticancer, cholesterol lowering potential. More research on all these topics would be beneficial. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Citrus sinensis
Orange is a common citrus tree with round orange fruit.
Fruit flesh as well as peel and rind are used for eating, drinking, flavoring, making essential oil, and more.
Oil is usually cold pressed from the peel, but can be steam distilled. Aroma is sweet, citrusy, and light.