Lemons have become a necessary fruit in the modern diet, not just because they’re versatile and delicious, but because they’ve also been shown to be very beneficial to our health.
Their high content of vitamin C, combined with a number of other antioxidants and nutrients, make lemons a great way to prevent disease and fight health problems like the flu, the common cold, laryngitis, bacterial infections, high blood pressure, problems with digestion, skin issues… and some more recent studies have shown they may even be effective against cancer.
Some of the benefits of lemons are due to their high content of vitamins C, A, B1, and B6, as well as bioflavonoids, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid, pectin, calcium, and potassium. Other nutrients help boost the immune system, protect the stomach and liver, and reduce premature aging of the skin caused by free radical damage.
Why is lemon peel specifically good for joint pain?
Most of us don’t know this, but almost half of the essential nutrients in lemons are contained in the peel. Because of its bitter taste, most people throw away the peel and use only the juice of this fruit.
But when you toss out the peel you’re throwing away a tremendous number of nutrients that can improve your overall health and even fight joint pain.
The lemon peel contains essential nutrients like lemon oil, phellandrene, and citronella, in addition to vitamin C, citric acid, malic acid, formic acid, hesperidin and pectins, and more.
The essential oils found in lemon peel have been shown to reduce joint pain, by relaxing the blood vessels and producing an anti-inflammatory effect that significantly reduces painful sensations.
How to cure joint pain with lemon peel
If you want to reap the full benefits of the peel for relieving joint pain, try the following recipes.
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large organic lemons
- Eucalyptus leaves
- A small jar with lid
- Clean gauze
Place the lemon peels in a jar and add enough olive oil to cover them completely. Add the eucalyptus leaves. Close the jar tightly and let this mixture sit for two weeks.
After two weeks have passed, add a little of this remedy to some gauze and place it over the painful area. You should apply this treatment at night, so the ointment can soak into the skin while you sleep.
Tea made with lemon peel
In order to obtain all its health benefits and see the best results, you should also make tea using lemon peel.
- 4 cups of purified water
- 2 lemon peels, and the juice
- Raw honey (optional)
Pour the water into a pot and add the lemon peel. Bring them to a boil for 15 minutes, then remove them from heat and add the lemon juice and honey.
Benefits of tea made with lemon peel include:
- It relieves pain in leg and arm joints
- Reduces inflammation and gas
- Is a natural detox agent
- Helps regulate the pH of the blood
- Strengthens the immune system and prevents disease
- Lowers blood pressure
- Improves skin health, by fighting excess oil
- Fights bad breath
- Is relaxing
- Relieves tension and headaches