Lemon peels, who knew?

Lemon peels, who knew?

Sep 06

I am a lemon lover, I use lemons everyday, I use them in my water, in cleaning and in skin care.

But I just learned today from my Esthetican the power of the part of the lemon I usually throw down the disposal, the PEEL.

The peel of the lemon, actually has higher natural medicinal properties than the actual juice of a lemon.

Lemon peels contain as much as 5-10 times more vitamins than than the lemon juice itself.  As always use organic lemons when using the peels.

Lemons as a Cancer fighter- Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including limonene—a naturally-occurring oil that slows or halts the growth of cancer tumors in animals. Lemons also contain a substance called flavonol glycosides which stop cell division in cancer cells.Lemons are also rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that work in conjunction for a serious punch against infection and help remove carcinogenic elements from toxins in the body.  Sanitizing us inside and out!

Uses of Lemon Peel

1. Keep insects out
-Add some lemon peels along windowsills, on thresholds and near any cracks or holes where ants or pests may be entering. Many pests abhor the acid in lemon, so this would work great, you should try it!

2. Use on your skin
-Lemon peels can be very lightly rubbed on your face for a nice skin tonic, then rinse with lukewarm water. (And be careful around your eyes.)

3. Keep brown sugar soft
-Also adding some lemon peel (with traces of pulp and pith removed) to your brown sugar can help keep it moist and easy to use.

4 Whitener and Stronger Nails
-Whiten and strengthen fingernails by rubbing with a lemon wedge every night before bed time.

5 Clean a stainless sink
-Use the same method described to polish chrome, applied to any stainless sink.

6 Freshen your Fridge
-Place a lemon peel inside your fridge to absorb smells and bring a bright citrus scent. This works great because lemon peel has amazing absorption power.

7 Lemon Zest
-Lemon zest is a great addition in both sweet and savory dishes. Zest some of your peel on your juice, salad or any dish.

8 Lemon’s natural acidity provides great antibacterial properties to home cleaning. After properly cleaning your cutting boards, rub the surface with half a lemon. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

9 Add lemon peels to your dishwasher every now and then to help rinse and deodorize it.

10 Add lemon rinds to a microwave-safe bowl filled halfway with water. Cook on high for five minutes, allowing the water to boil and the steam to condense on the walls and tops of the oven. Remove the hot bowl (carefully!) and wipe away the mess with a towel.

So next time you are making some lemonade, don’t throw out the peels. How do you use your lemons and the peels, I would love to hear from you.

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