Used mostly for the flavor, lemon peel is richer in minerals and vitamins than the pulp. Thanks to polyphenols it contains it reduces bad cholesterol. In addition, vitamins C and P keeps blood vessels healthy and thereby it reduces the risk of heart disease.
Lemon peel contains limonene and salvestrol Q40, compounds that have the ability to fight against cancer cells. It can prevent skin, colon or breast cancer. It also improves the bones health, thanks to the calcium, stimulates immunity and improves oral health, due to vitamin C.
So, lemon lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and strengthens the immune system.
How to prepare the lemon tincture?
To benefit from the healing qualities of lemon peel, it's better to use lemon tincture.
- 60 grams of lemon zest
- 60 vol. alcohol (brandy or vodka)
Wash well the lemons and let them dry then you grate their peel. See if you have 60 grams of lemon zest, put in a Mason jar then pour over the alcohol. Close tightly and allowed to soak for 7 days at room temperature, shaking the container 3-4 times a day. Finally strain and store it in dark bottles.
Internal administration: 10 drops, 3 times a day, after important meals.
External administration: massage the painful areas with a few drops, 3-4 times a day.
Benefits of lemon tincture:
- combats bloating;
- improves digestion;
- liver's detoxification;
- improves blood circulation;
- combats cramps;
- is very effective against vomiting and nausea;
- prevents infections;
- strengthens the immune system;
- lowers bad cholesterol;
- is an adjunct for cataract treatment;
- prevents osteoporosis;
Used externally, lemon peel tincture can:
- relieve pain caused by muscle spasm, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis;
- is an adjunct in the treatment of varicose veins;
- treat ear infections (1-2 drops, 2-3 times a day);
- strengthens nails.