Dried Lemon Peel is easy to make at home without the need for a dehydrator or even an oven. While I sometimes stick mine in the oven if I want it in a hurry, it will also dry out at room temperature.
With ample uses and loads of health benefits, lemon oil is a must-have oil in your pantry. You can eat it as well as apply it. This multi-purpose oil is equally beneficial for skin health, hair health, and weight loss. If you can’t find lemon oil in your nearby grocery mart, why not make it at home? There are two ways to prepare lemon oil, the cold method that takes weeks, and the hot method that is prepared in minutes. Take your pick and get started!
Ginger’s antioxidant content may also promote healthy blood flow throughout the body. Some suggest this can help scars blend back into the regular color of your skin. However, there’s limited evidence to prove this. Additionally, some say ginger can pump up the volume on collagen production.
- 3 whole lemons
- 1 fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Lemon peels help in preventing and fighting skin problems such as wrinkles, acne,
pigmentation and dark spots. The free radicals play a very important role in this process.
These are also rich in antioxidants which tend to detoxify the skin to a very great extent.
Lemon is rich in pectins, phenols & hydroxycinnamates which are all essential oils that are
useful to your skin. Lemon peel is a great skin enhancer giving you glowing and soft skin
after use. Because of the acidic nature of lemon, the acid helps in cleansing and lightening
your skin when used to remove the dead skin and stimulate new skin growth.
Lemons are immensely good for treating brown spots, age spots and freckles. The citric
acid contained in lemons helps in bleaching and clarifying the skin. The top layer of your
skin is exfoliated by the acids and thus, it helps to fade pigmentation. Direct application of
fresh lemon juice on blackheads help to remove them effectively. The citric acid aids to
dissolve the blackhead-causing oils in your skin.
Lemons contain important essential oil citral, limonene and flavonoids, more than 44
different flavonoid glycosides, citric acid and other plant acids. Rich in pectin, phenols and
hydroxycinnamates. Lemon peel contains citric acid and phytic acid which clean, brighting color, remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of new skin.
People hardly know, but Lemon peels are also used in the prevention and treatment of cancer. It contains salvestrol Q40 and limonene, which help in fighting the cancerous cells present in the body.
Drying Lemon Peels Using A Food Dehydrator
- Lay out the lemon rinds on your food dehydrator trays. The rinds should be in a single layer and not overlapping, since we want good air flow between and around each piece.
- Next, load up your dehydrator and turn it on to a low heat setting (between 95-105°F is good, if your dehydrator has temperature settings).
- Dehydrate the lemon peels until they are completely dry. The time it takes for them to fully dry will vary depending on your individual machine and the thickness of the peels, which may be several hours to a couple of days.
- You know the lemon peels are finished drying when they easily crack and snap in half, rather than bending.
- Failing to completely dry your lemon peels before grinding will result in a clumpy lemon powder with a shorter shelf-life!
Drying Lemon Peels In The Oven
This method will work best for thin, zest-like peels of lemon rind. Spread the lemon peels out on a cookie sheet or baking pan. Preheat the oven to the lowest temperature setting possible. Because ovens don’t have uber-low temperature options like dehydrators do, the finished lemon rinds will be darker in color and possibly a different flavor (more roasted) than those dried in a dehydrator.
Bake the lemon rinds on low heat until they are completely dry, crisp, and easily snap in half. This may take several hours to a full day to dry in the oven. If your climate is very arid and warm, you could allow the thin lemon zest ribbons to partially air-dry at room temperature for a couple days before baking, reducing the time needed in the oven
2. Put the dried lemon peels in a blender and blend to get the crushed zest
Choose organic lemons to make lemon powder, as non-organic lemons will have nasty chemicals embedded in the rind. I prefer to use the zest from organically grown citrus so I don’t get a concentrated dose of whatever pesticides might be on the skins. Also be sure to wash and dry the fruit before zesting.
Citrus peels / Lemon peels not only smell amazing, but they have potent properties that can be put to use in the kitchen and around the home. You can even incorporate them into your beauty regimen! Lemon peel uses, in particular, are gaining popularity among those who prefer natural ways over using products ladened with toxic chemicals. From natural cleaning solutions to pest control and beauty hacks, lemon peels got you covered.
3. Put the lemon zest in a small jar and add 1 tbs coconut oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which reduces inflammation on the skin and removes pigmentation and dark circles. Regular usage reduces dark spots on your face and soothes irritation. It is also the best remedy to cure dark circles.
Coconut oil provides a protective barrier, shielding skin from environmental toxins, dirt and other environmental pollutants you’re faced with everyday.
Coconut oil can help to diminish the signs of aging when used regularly. By hydrating and softening the skin, it works to make those little lines and wrinkles appear far less obvious.
4. Fresh ginger
Cut and peel about 100g of fresh ginger and add it to coconut lemon peel. The antioxidants in ginger can be used to help preserve your skin’s collagen, making it an all-natural ingredient for anti-aging routines. You can reap the benefits by cooking with fresh ginger too. For more targeted results, rub a small slice of fresh ginger on skin, up to three times a day.
Since ginger contains the antioxidant gingerol that neutralizes free radicals, it helps keeps skin clear of dark spots, and diminishes other forms of sun damage. This treatment turns dull skin into a surface that’s tighter and more even-toned.
Put a piece of cloth in a pot and place the jar that contains coconut oil, lemon peel and ginger. Pour hot water in a pot and fold the cloth completely put a knot if possible and let it sit for about 30-40 minutes. After the time has passed, open the cloth and remove the jar.
Did you know that ginger mixed with coconut oil has so many hair benefits?
Yes, it’s true Applying raw ginger juice to your scalp can boost hair growth and volume. Research shows that consistent use of ginger juice at least twice a week can stimulate hair cells. However, using it on a sensitive scalp can sometimes cause a burning sensation, so we suggest using coconut or any other oil to avoid irritation.
Pour your homemade lemon peel, coconut oil ginger oil in air tight glass container. Store it at 5 degrees C for 30 days. You can use it on your skin, hair and cooking.
If you don’t have any lemons in your house, but want to try other homemade facial masks, check these out:
- How To Make Fenugreek Oil At Home – Skin & Hair
- How To make Almond Oil At Home
- Top Remedies To Keep Dark Circles Away
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