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Adaptation in “New Christmas Spirit”: Aromas of Orange and Clover

Things we take for granted are often the most important. This year, we have learned this the ‘bad way’. But looking at the past – and soon the year 2000 will be behind us – can prepare us for a better future. As adults with life experience, we know how to celebrate, but now we must adapt and find new ways.

Christmas spirit is an idea, not a procedure. This idea can be relocated, re-formed, and replaced, which these circumstances force upon us. But the past has already taught us that it’s the simple things bring out the true spirit of holidays. When I think the idea of Christmas spirit, I always remember an aromatic and joyful craft we did as kids: Oranges and cloves. You could write words or make pictures with cloves on the orange and the aroma offers a cozy atmosphere. Then you could eat the orange and put the peel in your tea. Amazing!

Oranges are the most natural anti-flu ‘medicine’ and one of the best foods to quickly detox your body and boost your immune system. Orange juice reduces blood pressure and helps the circulatory system. Also, it enhances the absorption of many other nutrients such as calcium, iron, and magnesium, due to the high content of vitamin C. The juice of the orange strengthens the immune system and prevents getting the flu. Also, it helps the gums (but not the teeth! After drinking juice (2-3 minutes) we must wash our mouth with water, or better: brush our teeth! The acidity of the juice is bad for the teeth).

The magnificent and unknown fact about oranges is that the peel can also be used, and it is edible! Fresh peel is rich in vitamin C and is an anti-flu weapon. Its bitter taste can be avoided if you blend it in a smoothie with other sweeter fruit like bananas. Also, the little ‘bubbles with liquid’ on the outside of the orange peel contain a significant amount of essential oil. Using squeezed peel in a cup of tea can help us if we have a stuffy nose, but also with cases of bronchitis. Orange peel stimulates the appetite and helps with constipation. But be careful! Most of the oranges on the market are covered with wax (it helps with the longevity of the product on the shelf). If you want to use the peel, you definitely need to buy unwaxed and organic oranges. They are hard to find but totally worth it!

Each moment should be special, a celebration of life. Not because it is Christmas, but because we have our health and we find ourselves on this beautiful journey of life, with all its ups and downs.

*The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.

Evropi-Sofia Dalampira is an Agriculturist-MSc Botany-Biology and PhD Candidate in Agricultural-Environmental Education and Science Communication.

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