Lemon is that one fruit that is blessed with natural healing and soothing properties which we can use, but the amazing thing is that we are also able to take advantage of the benefits of lemon peel. Surprisingly enough, the lemon peel that most of us throw away contains certain enzymes, vitamins and minerals, which can help us live a much healthier life. In fact the lemon peel contains as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins than the actual lemon juice.
I find it amazing that whenever we have health related issues we tend to try out different pharmaceutical treatments that can be very costly and sometimes less effective, when all we have to do is look in our gardens or our kitchen to find the solution to so many of our health concerns.
So how can we use lemons and more specifically lemon peel to benefit us?
Simply by washing lemons thoroughly and then freezing them.
Once the lemons are frozen, use your grater and shred the lemon and sprinkle it on top of your foods. You can use the grated lemon peel on just about any food including salads, fish and meat dishes, pasta dishes, cereals and even on ice cream.
In order to gain the health benefits of lemon peel, it is essential to include it in your daily diet. Depending of the origin of the lemon, on average, every 100 grams of lemon peel contains about 160 milligrams of potassium, 134 milligrams of calcium, 129 milligrams of vitamin C, and about 10.6 grams of fiber.
One of the benefits of lemon peel is that it helps us develop a strong immune system due to its richness in vitamin C, which as we all know, that having a strong immune system is vital to staying healthy. Potassium is also present in the lemon peel, which aids to maintaining the blood pressure. Calcium, another mineral that is found in lemon peel, is essential for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones.
Consumption of lemon peel also aids to decreased levels of cholesterol in the body, helping with the health of the heart. Other vital components found in lemon peel are salvestrol Q40, limonene and polyphenol flavonoids, which are known to fight cancerous cells in the body. They are considered to be a preventive measure against development of various types of cancer including breast cancer, colon cancer, and skin cancer.
One of the largest drug manufacturers in the world have revealed that more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, have shown that lemon extracts destroy the malignant cells in at least 12 types of cancer. The extracts actually showed 10,000 times better results than the product Adriamycin which is a drug normally used in chemotherapeutic practices, slowing the growth of cancer cells. What is astonishing with the lemon extract is that it only destroys malignant cancer cells and does not affect the healthy cells.
So why are we not told about these benefits? Greed of course!
Large corporations do not reveal these findings so as to produce synthetic versions, that they can sell and make huge profits from.
Other benefits of lemon peel are aiding with various skin problems like wrinkles and acne. The antioxidants found in lemon peel detoxify the skin to a great extent. You can find various lemon peel powders which can be used for the face which are very beneficial, however consumption of the peel in its natural form is the best option.
Simply grate some lemon peel and add some lemon juice to it. Stir thoroughly and allow the mixture to settle until the following day. You can also add a teaspoon of honey to your mixture. Finally, apply the mix on your face for 5 minutes and then rinse off with water.
As shown in the video below you can use sugar to mix with your lemon juice as a face scrub:
A word of advice however – as mentioned above, make sure you wash the lemons thoroughly before consuming them in any way since various pesticides and insecticides may have been sprayed on the lemon trees, which may reside on the peel. Also if the lemons from your local supermarket have been imported, a special wax coating is used to prevent the peel from getting damaged, but also to shine and make the fruit look more attractive to the eye.
A concern that arises when consuming lemons and lemon peel is the significant amount of oxalates that are present in them. Studies have shown that when the body has high concentrations of this substance it may lead to problems associated with crystallization, such as kidney stones.
Even though the benefits of lemon peel are apparent, it is always best to consult with your family physician regarding the consumption of any specific foods, including lemon and lemon peel.
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Great Lemon Recipes
butter or 1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk, 2% is fine
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lemon, rind of
1 lemon, juice of
1/4 cup sugar
1. In a
large bowl, cream butter and sugar.
2. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until creamy.
3. Blend in milk.
4. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and lemon rind.
5. Pour into batter.
6. Stir to moisten.
7. Scrape into greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
8. Bake in 350f degree oven for 55 to 60 minutes.
9. Cool in pan for 5 minutes.
10. Remove to rack and while still hot, with a toothpick poke holes all over the
top of the loaf, and spoon glaze evenly over.
1. Combine lemon juice and sugar in saucepan.
2. Stir and heat till sugar is dissolved.
3. Spoon evenly
over top of hot loaf.
1 cup water
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 teaspoons butter or 2 teaspoons margarine
1 cup uncooked rice, long grain
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/8-1/4 teaspoon grated lemon, zest of
1 1/4 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
1. Combine all ingredients EXCEPT lemonpepper in
2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat.
3. Cover pot and allow to simmer slowly for 20 minutes, or until liquid is
4. Sprinkle with lemonpepper before serving.
Approx. calories 200 per serving