From adding a refreshing zing to your water to marinating your fish to perfection, lemons serve a wide range of culinary functions. If you use only the juice and discard the peel, though, you may be doing your diet a disservice. Lemon peels contain a spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber that can give your menu a nutritional boost, although you would have to consuming large amounts of peel to glean significant nutritional benefits.
For each 100g portion of lemon peel contains 134 mg of calcium -- a mineral essential for a number of processes in your body, including nerve impulse transmission, hormone secretion and muscle contraction. As the Linus Pauling Institute explains, eating adequate amounts of calcium may help protect against osteoporosis and bone fractures, lower your risk of colorectal cancer and reduce premenstrual syndrome in females.
RECIPE: Lemon Peel Tea
1 Teaspoon of lemon peel. Add to steeping tea of choice and let sit for 1-2 minutes before removing or consuming it!
Each herb possesses unique ways of helping you to stay healthy and support your body, mind, and spirit. Herbs are used for a variety of purposes. In addition to medicines, herbs are often used for making teas, bathing, body care products, flower essences, supplements, and as fragrances.
Although certain herbs have medical science behind their use, and are even used by medical professionals in treatments. We encourage you to do your research before ingesting any herb. This is especially true if you are taking any medications, as many herbs interact with specific types of medications. Always consult with an herbalist provider or your medical provider to determine an approach towards including herbal supplements in your overall diet.