Lemons not only taste delicious but also work wonder for your health, skin, and hair. But if you are in the practice of throwing away lemon peel after squeezing the juice out of it, think again.
Lemon peel contains 5 to 10 times more vitamins than lemon itself and is more nutrient-rich than lemon fruit and juice. Lemon peel is not only packed with beneficial nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber, that offers a range of health benefits but mother nature has also kept some other benefits for us.
The following is a list of 10 hidden benefits and uses of lemon peels in everyday life:
10. Disinfect your Cutting Board
Ater cutting fruits, veggies, and especially meats, it’s a good idea to regularly disinfect and deodorize your cutting board thoroughly. As an antibacterial substance, cleaning cutting board with lemon peel will not only kill germs but also help to disinfect bacteria and will also leave a fresh lemony scent on it.
9. Homemade Lemon Peel Sugar Scrub
Lemon peel offers numerous skin benefits and being an astringent it can even tighten skin pores and improve skin complexion. It contains a high content of vitamin C which can protect against sun damage and environmental pollutants and also can help stimulate collagen production.
Benefits aside, the process for making a perfect lemon-peel sugar scrub is simple. Add lemon peel and sugar in the blender and process for few seconds only, until you get a crumbly mix. Scoop out the mix in a bowl and mix with oils using a wooden or silicone spatula, until it forms a rough paste.
Scoop half in an airtight container and use in the shower and store the other half in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. Use as you would a regular scrub by gently massaging it on the wet skin, then rinse and wash with either soap or shower gel.
This do-it-yourself lemon-peel and sugar scrub leave your skin fresh, hydrated and softer and best of all – making your own homemade skin products can be so rewarding.
8. Lemon Peel for Teeth Whitening
Lemon peel also acts as a bleaching agent that clears the yellow discoloration of teeth. It contains citric acid that stimulates the saliva production which cleanses the mouth and kills mouth bacteria and prevents several oral diseases.
To use lemon peel for teeth whitening, peel a lemon and apply this lemon peel on the teeth. Rub it all over the teeth for a minute or two then rinse with water. Continue doing this process regularly for a week for a better result. You can also blend lemon peel with water to make a fine paste.
7. Remove Dandruff with Lemon Peel and Juice
Dry, itchy scalp and dandruff are common and annoying, especially during the winter months. Aside from being uncomfortable, the flakes are unsightly and embarrassing.
Lemon has been known to be an effective remedy against dandruff. The citric acid present in lemon helps fight dandruff from at the level of roots. Alternatively, the strong antimicrobial properties of lemon also curb the fungal activity happening on your scalp.
To remove dandruff, slowly rub freshly cut lemon peel onto your scalp for 5 minutes. Don’t rub too hard. Repeat this procedure at least daily until dandruff and itchiness goes away.
You can also use lemon juice alone, diluted or undiluted. Apply it to the scalp with a spray bottle, work it in with your fingertips and leave in for several minutes and then rinse.
6. Natural Deodorant
WIth lemon peel, you can make your own homemade, natural, and very economical antiperspirant. For that, grate the lemon peels and boil them with the water. Then, strain and let chill. After that, add the sea salt and baking soda. Mix well and put it in another bowl. Your homemade deodorant with lemon peel is ready.
You can also make an infusion of lemon peel and orange peel to give it a more tangy aroma of citrus that is gentle, uplifting and cheering. Use it for your armpits and other parts of your body or even for a relaxing bath.
5. Insect and Bug Repellent
Among lemon’s many homes uses is as an insect repellent. Most commercial insect and bug repellents can cause health and environmental problems, so try using lemon as a cheap and natural way to get rid of unwanted pests around the home.
Lemon peels to keep ants away: First, add lemon peels to a pot, then add enough vinegar to cover them. Heat the mixture until it’s steaming-hot, but not boiling, then turn the stove off and let the liquid sit for a few hours. After that, strain the liquid into a spray bottle and spritz the mixture anywhere you’ve seen ants.
Bug Repellent: Even with mosquito repellent, you may get itchy, painful mosquito bites. To treat mosquito bites at home, try rubbing the lemon peel onto your body as the smell of lemon peel repel the mosquitoes. You can also make your own mosquito repellent consisting of around 10 percent lemon eucalyptus oil.
4. Disposal Deodorizers
Wherever food gets ground up every day, odor-causing bacteria follow, thriving in the cracks and crevices deep inside a garbage disposal.
To keep unpleasant smells from wafting out of your disposal, grind lemon peel (without the white part) along with two or three bunches of fresh mint and toss it in the bottom of your garbage bin to get rid of the stinky smell.
3. All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner Using Lemon Peels
The best way to use left-over lemon peels is to make a homemade all-purpose kitchen cleaner which will help you in cleaning grease from kitchen surfaces, disinfecting them and leave a fresh smell.
To make this, simply add lemon peels to a mason jar until it’s filled at least halfway. Once the jar has enough peels, pour vinegar over the peels until it fills the jar.
Then, cover your jar with a lid, and allow it to sit in a dark place for a week. After a week, strain your citrus cleaner using a fine mesh sieve placed over a large bowl and then discard the peels.
Add your citrus cleaner to a clean spray bottle and use it as you would any other all-purpose cleaner.
2. Create Lemon Zest for Recipes
Zest is the outermost rind of citrus fruits (usually lemons and oranges). It is valued for the strong citrus flavor it imparts to food, thanks to an abundance of perfumy, aromatic oils in the rind.
Lemon zest can be created easily be peeling or grating the yellow part of a lemon’s skin. Some recipes call for grated lemon zest. For that, you can simply grate the lemon as you would any vegetable, using a hand-held grater.
1. Lemon Peel Water Weight Loss Drink
Not only is lemon juice effective for weight loss but the lemon peel is also very useful. Lemon peel contains an ingredient called pectin which reduces sugar absorption thus helps you maintain a stable weight to slim down more easily.
To reduce belly fat quickly: Take 5 lemon peels in 250 ml of water and boil it just below boiling point for 10 minutes, when peels turn brown remove it from a stove. Allow it to cool down at room temperature and drink it an hour before going to bed every day.
You will start noticing result in a week. It will taste slightly sour than normal lemon water, but you can take a small apple afterward to mitigate the taste. This drink not only helps in reducing weight but also help detox and cleanse your entire body.