Lemon Peel Benefits and Side Effects

Lemon Peel Benefits and Side Effects

Lemon peel refers to the outer part of the Lemon-Fruit. Lemon peel is all of the outer skin of lemon.  “The lemon peel is contains small amounts of calcium, vitamin C, and potassium, as well as fiber.” Says Katherine Brooking, RD.

Lemon Peels are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber (things like calcium, potassium, and vitamin C) that can give you a nutritional boost. Lemon peel contain about 5-10 times more vitamins.

As we mentioned in our last article that lemons is a versatile fruit. They do not only contain great health benefits but it also has amazing other uses as well; beauty, cleaning, cooking and much more. Not only do they smell and taste great, but they also have antibacterial properties making them perfect for killing germs. Their low pH makes them perfect for beauty and personal care, and when applied directly to skin, lemon juice can lighten age and sun spots. Lemons have a high concentration of citric acid, which is great for general disinfecting and cleaning. The citric acid in lemons can help kill bacteria and mold, and also remove soap scum and mineral deposits.

Health Benefits of Lemon Peel

There are so many impressive health benefits of Lemon peel which have been used from ancient times. 

Lemon Peel for bone health

The amount of vitamin C and calcium in Lemon peel helps strengthen the bone health. Strong bones keeps diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and inflammatory polyarthritis at bay.

Lemon Peel for healthy heart

According to a research study “The Lemon peel water extract had a suppressive effect on blood pressure,”. The amount of potassium present in Lemon peel controls the blood pressure hence, it prevents the risk of heart attack or any other heart related condition. For this, infuse lemon peel with olive oil.

Lemon peel for Immune system

Vitamin C and antioxidant in lemon peel helps in maintaining the strong immune system.Lemons also contain saponins, which act as antimicrobial agents. These may help fight off bacteria as well.For this, zesting lemon peel into your foods or even in your tea could help give your body the extra boost it needs to power through.

Lemon peel for Liver

Lemon peel has many nutritional components that promote the liver and its functionality. Lemon triggers the nerve and hormone activation to liver and improves the blood circulation. You can also use lemon juice to detox your liver. For this you can consume half lemon in lukewarm water in the morning for few days.

Other benefits of Lemon peel

Lemon peel is truly a blessing upon us. It not only has great healing benefits but it also has, several other benefits as well.

  • Lemon peel are a great cleaning source. Take a glass of vinegar and add lemon peel in it. This will not only clean but it’s antibacterial properties will kill all the bacteria and germs too.
  • Lemon peel are great for it’s anti inflammatory compounds and they make great skin care product or mask. It lightens the breakouts, sunburns, blemishes and acne.
  • Lemon peel has its natural odor and it kinda absorbs all the bad odor.
  • The acid present in lemon peel helps in removing stains from clothes and steel.
  • The acid content in citrus rinds can whiten and brighten dull or stained teeth.

Side effects of Lemon Peel

Due to Lemon peel’s effective and known benefits through out the years. Lemon is consumed around the world in a variety of foods and beverages. While generally thought and according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) it is recognized as safe for human consumption but, excessive consumption can be problematic.

  • Directly applying lemon peel on your face can cause skin irritation.
  • It is rich in Iron and can increase iron content in your body.
  • Acidic foods and drinks can cause enamel erosion which can result in teeth enamel.
  • The amino acid tyramine in Lemon peel can be a trigger for migraine.
  • Too much intake of vitamin C can causes nausea and in some cases vomiting too.
  • If you have citrus allergy or citric acid intolerance. Avoid using “Lemon” because it can trigger your allergies.

It’s very important to use organic “Lemons” because non-organic lemons are sometimes covered in wax covering, pesticides, and insecticides. But if you can not use organic or home grown lemons then make sure that you wash thoroughly before using them.

These risks are definitely something you need to consider. However, it does not mean that you should avoid eating lemons and lemon peels altogether. As with most types of food, too much of something can be a bad thing. So, the key here is moderation.

Therefore, before using lemon peel especially for health benefits; it is important to consult with your doctor.



  • Steve is a pioneer writer for Herbatico since day one. Mike has over 7 years of experience in writing articles in health niches.

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