Who doesn’t love a ripe, juicy peach in the summertime? The fuzzy skin peeled back to reveal beautiful orange flesh dripping with sweet goodness? My mouth waters just thinking about them. Peaches seem a rare treat(unless you live in a peach orchard), and when they are around it’s definitely time to load up and reap the benefits of one of natures’ true gems. Not only are peaches incredibly yummy, they contain all kinds of amazing nutrients to keep the body, belly and mind scrumptiously happy.
For the Skin
Vitamin C, A and alpha hydroxy acids are high in these famed fruits, which means peaches are good for you both inside and out! Not only can eating peaches improve your skin and complexion, but rubbing both the fruit and the skin on your face can tighten pores and leave you with a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
To make a delicious peachy face-firming mask, just mix a tablespoon of raw honey with one small smashed up peach and then mix in enough oatmeal to thicken. Spread over the face and wait 15 minutes. You’ll be thrilled you did. You can also mix peach with a little plain yogurt for broken capillaries or with an egg white to tighten pores.
Peaches are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, a beneficial addition to any diet. High in potassium, phosphorus, iron and calcium, peaches are great for our blood and bones as well as brain health. With only 68 calories per large specimen, peaches make a great weight loss friend and make you smile while you are slimming meals. Peaches can bless your kidneys to perform better, are great to guard against ulcers and with all the beta carotene they contain – are great for the eyes.
Peaches are amazingly full of anti-oxidants, reducing free radicals in the body helping to guard against cancer. They are also happy heart disease prevention medication and help detox the system. Just a few tasty peaches per day in the summer can boost your immune system, get the intestines in peak performance and soothe the stomach.
In your Belly
Let’s not leave out the simple enjoyment of peaches for peaches sake. Keri Glassman shared an amazing Grilled Peach Salsa recipe that is worth the re-share here:
- 1 peach
- 1 tomato
- 1/4 cup red onion
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- Pinch of salt
Peel the peach, cut it in half and remove the pit. Grill over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until charred lines appear. Set aside to cool.
Chop the tomato, red onion, avocado and cilantro, and add to a bowl. Once cooled, chop peach and add to the bowl. Squeeze lime juice into mixture and add a pinch of salt to taste. Add this to any grilled meat or dip your favorite chips in it for a peachy treat you won’t regret!
Another great peach dish is the simple Almond-Peach Smoothie made for those who don’t do dairy, or just enjoy alternative recipes for the fun of it:
- 1-2 cups Almond milk (or almond-coconut milk)
- 1 large ripe peach, sliced
- 1 medium ripe banana (or 1/2 cup plain yogurt of your choice)
- 1 tablespoon Maca root powder (at your local health food store)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add ice if desired and a splash of canned coconut milk for a richer treat. I like to add a little Blue-green algae to mine, though some folks are freaked out by the beautiful green color it makes.
For the Spirit
In Chinese culture, the peach is the thought to be the fabled ‘tree of life’, the fruit symbolizing immortality and unity, mentioned in writings dating back to the 10th century. Peaches were often given as gifts to brides to represent the union taking place.
In many traditions today, color plays a significant role in granting healing properties to both the body and the spirit. The peach carries a mixture of the orange and yellow colors – together denoting creative power, sensuality and freedom from fears. In yogic tradition, orange is the color of sexuality and satisfaction, but it also represents ancestral lineage and the patterns of behavior passed down to us through blood. Yellow signifies empowerment, motivation, creativity and finding one’s ‘center’. When you bring these two colors together – you have a potent blend supporting healing of family traits and embracing the unique self.
Peaches emit a powerfully sweet fragrance and when you walk through an orchard of them, you can’t help but feel as though you have gone to the immortal gardens of heaven where peace and beauty reign. There is nothing so sensual as eating a ripe peach fresh off the vine. Peaches nourish the external body, the internal belly and the fire of the spirit. If you haven’t indulged in a magical peach this year yet – maybe it’s time to! If you are somewhere tropical and no where near a peach…well, I am sorry. May the beauty and juicy pleasure of the peach find you.
Written by: Stasia Bliss